Third-Year Clinical Clerkship

During your Third-Year Clinical Clerkships, you have numerous opportunities to work with volunteer faculty in rural areas across the state. Volunteer faculty are physicians in group and private practice in their communities who welcome medical students into their practice for hands-on learning experiences. Medical students normally have the opportunity to see a broad range of clinical experiences during their rural rotation.

Choosing to complete all or part of a third year clerkship at a rural location is voluntary. Clerkships that offer rural rotations include pediatrics, family medicine, OB/GYN and surgery. Additional information for each rural rotation is outlined below. Location of availability for each clerkship is divided into five regions (Northwest, Northcentral, Eastern, Southwest, and Southcentral). Each region has a Regional Network Site. More information on the network sites follows.

If you have questions, contact:

Debra Lea, Administrator
Office of Rural Medical Education
913-588-8221
dlea@kumc.edu


Family Medicine

Clerkship Director
Hannah Maxfield, M.D.
1120 Delp
913-588-1996
hmaxfield@kumc.edu
Coordinator
Keisha Florez
1120 Delp
913-588-1996
kflorez@kumc.edu

Length of rural rotation: Six weeks, with the first and second weeks of the rotation at KU for orientation and testing.

Location of rural rotations:

  • Southcentral Region: McPherson
  • Eastern Region: Marysville or Burlington
  • Northwest Region: Quinter
  • Southwest Region: Tribune

Note: Other locations may be available at the discretion of the Clerkship Director.

When to apply: At least eight weeks prior to the rotation.


OB/GYN

Clerkship Director
John Calkins, M.D.
3022 Wescoe Pavilion
913-588-324
jcalkins@kumc.edu
Coordinator
Lorraine Helm
3014 Delp Education Center
913-588-3244
lhelm@kumc.edu

Length of rural rotation: Students can complete the first three weeks or the last three weeks of the rotation at a rural location.

Location of rural rotations:

  • Northwest Region: Hays
  • Eastern Region: Chanute, Pittsburg

When to apply: Students should submit their request forms at least six weeks before the start of the rotation. If more than one student is interested in a particular site then a lottery will decide who will get to go. After the first day of classes, rural rotations will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.


Pediatrics

Clerkship Director
Mitzi Scotten, M.D.
2006 Miller
913-588-6203
mscotten@kumc.edu
Coordinator
Debra Heisler
2013 HC Miller
913-588-6310
dheisler@kumc.edu

Eligibility: Students must have successfully completed at least one clinical rotation to be eligible. Also, the student (or rural site) must have high quality, reliable internet access.

Expectations: The medical student will attend the orientation session (on the first day of the Pediatric 900 rotation) at KUMC prior to going to the rural location. During the rural rotation, the medical student is expected to read at least half of the USMLE Step 2 & 3, Blueprints in Pediatrics and Blackwell's Underground Clinical Vignettes. Also, at least half of the Clinical Vignettes and Average Age at Diagnosis (on the Pediatrics medical student web site) will be completed during the rural rotation.

Length of rural rotation: Students can complete the first three weeks of rotation at a rural location.

Location of rural rotations:

  • Southwest Region: Garden City, Dodge City, Liberal

When to apply: At least eight weeks prior to the rotation.


Surgery

Clerkship Director
Chris Haller, M.D.
5056 Sudler Hall
913-588-3173
mscotten@kumc.edu
Coordinator
Debra DeConink
5056 Sudler Hall
913-588-3173
ddeconink@kumc.edu

Length of rural rotation: Eligible students will complete the first four weeks of rotation at KUMC, and complete the second four weeks at the rural site. Two slots are typically available each rotation.

Location of rural rotations:

  • Southcentral Region: McPherson

When to apply: Students should submit their request forms by May 13, 2012. If more than two students are interested then a lottery will decide who will get to go. After the first day of classes, rural rotations will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

Last modified: Jul 09, 2014
How to Apply

Complete the "Request to Take a Required Clerkship at a Location Other Than KUMC" and submit to the clerkship coordinator.

The coordinator will obtain approval from the clerkship cirector and forward to the Office of Rural Medical Education, where arrangements will be made and finalized.

The administrator for Rural Medical Education will notify participants by e-mail of arrangements.

Download the form here.

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