Third Year Clinical Track Information

Kansas City Class of 2019

The third year clinical rotation tracks for the 2017-18 academic year for Kansas City students are noted here. Students will be randomly assigned to a  specific track based on enrollment limits set by each clerkship director. You can choose to go to a rural Network site to complete a portion of the following clerkships: Family Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, General Surgery and Pediatrics.

If you have specific (extenuating) reason for requesting a particular track order 4-week, 6-week or 8-week track in the Fall or Spring semester (pregnancy, your wedding, you and spouse classmate want same break weeks, or delayed entry to third year) please complete the Track Explanation formYou cannot specify a particular clerkship order.

Track assignments will be finalized in March 2017.

A = 4-week track then 6-week track (Fall) and 8-week track (Spring) - 4-week courses - Neurology, Psychiatry and Geriatrics but not necessarily in that order

B = 6-week track then 4-week track (Fall) and 8-week track (Spring) - 6-week courses - OB/GYN and Pediatrics but not necessarily in that order

C and D = 8-week track (Fall) and 4- and -6 week (Spring) - 8-week courses - Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and Surgery but not necessarily in that order

Clinical Clerkship Orientation (required) - Tuesday, May 23 - Friday, May 26, 2017

O2 (electronic medical records) training is required prior to entry into the third year. CHALK training modules will be available later this semester. All modules must be completed prior to O2 training lab exercises and certification exam during third year Orientation.  You will be provided additional information as soon as it becomes available.  

VA credentialing is required for all rising M3 students.  You received an email the week of January 23, 2017 with all the details.  

Third Year = 48 Weeks
Above tracks include: Internal Medicine (8 wks), General Surgery (8 wks), Family Medicine (8 wks), Obstetrics-Gynecology (6 wks), Pediatrics (6 wks), Neurology (4 wks), Geriatrics (4 wks) and Psychiatry (4 wks).

Issues in Clinical Medicine is a required lecture series that meets once a month for one to one-half hours during the third year, usually on Thursday afternoons.  This course is designed to deal with issues that cross all clerkships.

Fourth Year = 36 weeks

Population Health in Practice (4 wks)
Rural Preceptorship (4 wks)


Subinternship (4 wks) - Choose from: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Ob-Gyn, Otolaryngology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Plastic Surgery or Neurosurgery
Critical Care Selective (4 wks) - Choose from: Anesthesiology, ICU Medicine, CCU Medicine, Neonatology, ICU Pediatrics, Burn Center, ICU Neurosurgery, or ICU Surgery

Electives (16 wks):  No more than 4 credits of non-clinical/patient care electives can be counted toward graduation credits. A minimum of 12 credits of electives must be clinical/patient care electives taken in the fourth year.

Medical School Attendance Policy

Clinical Obligations and Holidays

The beginning and ending dates of each third year module is listed above.  Each module begins on Monday at 8:00 a.m. and ends on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.  Holidays are at the discretion of each attending physician for all clinical students.  The rationale is that students are members of the health care team.  They must act and be treated as professionals.  Patient care responsibilities are their priority.  Departments may choose to give their enrolled students "free days" on other state observed holidays, i.e. Martin Luther King, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday following Thanksgiving.  Students are already on break over the Christmas and New Year's Day holidays in both the third and fourth year.

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Last modified: Jan 26, 2017