Third-Year Clinical Clerkship

Storm clouds at sunset in Hoxie, Kansas                                                                                              Photo by Michael Kennedy, M.D.

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, North-Central, Eastern, Southwest, and South-Central). Each region has a Regional Network Site. More information on the network sites follows.

If you have questions, contact the Office of Rural Medical Education:

Hannah Rachford, Administrator

Family Medicine

Clerkship Director
Hannah Maxfield, M.D.
1120 Delp
Stephanie Carter
1120 Delp

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:

  • South-Central Region: McPherson, Moundridge
  • Eastern Region: Burlington, Chanute, Ottawa, Pleasanton, Pittsburg
  • Northwest Region: Quinter, Plainville, Stockton
  • Southwest Region: Garden City
  • North-Central Region: Beloit

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

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


Clerkship Director
John Calkins, M.D.
3022 Wescoe Pavilion
Lorraine Helm
3041 Delp

Length of rural rotation: Two-week rotations.

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.


Clerkship Director
Lore Nelson, M.D.
Patty Cook
G1023 Miller

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: Four weeks

Location of rural rotations:

  • Eastern Region: Manhattan, Pittsburg
  • South-Central Region: Newton

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


Clerkship Director
Peter DiPasco, M.D.
5032 Delp
Debra DeConink
5056 Sudler Hall

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 early May. If more than two students are interested then a lottery will decide who will get to go.

Last modified: Feb 11, 2016
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.