Year 3 Curriculum

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The Year 3 curriculum consists of nine clinical clerkship rotations.

Internal Medicine

During this 12-week clerkship, students are assigned to patient care teams and are responsible for the day-to-day care of identified patients. Student responsibilities include obtaining histories and physical examinations, generating differential diagnoses and treatment plans, assessing patients at the bedside, writing daily progress notes to demonstrate level of understanding, presenting patient information to house staff and faculty, and participating actively on rounds by responding to questions of faculty and house staff regarding disease processes and patient care issues.



Students serve as junior members of the surgical team and are expected to prepare for surgeries they observe by reading about the case and reviewing relevant anatomy. Case conferences, ward rounds, and grand rounds are employed to help students learn about differential diagnoses, diagnosis, and treatment. 



Obstetrics/Gynecology/Women’s Health

This 6-week experience provides students with exposure to common topics in women’s health in both the inpatient and ambulatory settings. Inpatient activities include exposure to peripartum problems, operative obstetrics, operative gynecology, and common OB/GYN diagnostic and therapeutic modalities. In addition, as part of the high-risk obstetrics team, students are responsible for following patients from admission to discharge, participating in all aspects of care from the initial physical examination to the formulation of a management plan. The ambulatory component focuses on issues relevant to outpatient women’s care.


This 6-week experience is a blend of outpatient and inpatient clinical activities in pediatric health care. The goal of the rotation is to facilitate the development of communication skills and competency in the physical examination of infants, children, and adolescents; an understanding of the influence of family, community, and society on the child in health and disease; the enhancement of clinical problem-solving skills; and the acquisition of knowledge necessary for the diagnosis and initial management of common acute and chronic illnesses in the pediatric population. Clerkship objectives are met via participation as a member of the inpatient ward team and discussion of case vignettes in a small-group setting. 


This 4-week clerkship facilitates student attainment of the knowledge, attitudes, and skills including how to conduct a psychiatric interview and the formulation of an initial differential diagnosis for common psychiatric presentations. Students are routinely expected to evaluate patients, read about the diagnostic possibilities raised by the case, synthesize information and present the patient on rounds, pursue further diagnostic testing, participate in planned therapeutic activities, and report and record patients’ progress.

Neurology /Rehabilitation

This 4-week clerkship assists students in addressing the primary clerkship objectives relating to the identification of common neurologic diseases, the recognition of emergency neurologic situations, the management of common neurologic problems, and communication with patients and families of patients with motor, sensory, and cognitive deficits. The process of daily rounds and clinic (ambulatory) conferences, as well as weekly grand rounds, provides students with relevant examples of integrated clinical thinking.

Family Medicine

The 4-week family medicine clerkship focuses on care in the outpatient clinical setting. The rotation incorporates outpatient clinical experience, small-group case discussion promoting the development of higher-order thinking skills and problem-solving skills, standardized patient educators in a smoking cessation activity, and a videotaped patient interview. Clerkship objectives include comprehensive, coordinated continuous care, psychosocial aspects of patient care, and group communication and presentation skills.

Emergency Medicine

This 4-week clerkship provides students with experience in the diagnosis and initial management of patients presenting to the emergency department. Students complete 18 eight-hour shifts during the clerkship and participate in interactive case-study presentations with Emergency Medicine faculty. EMS (ambulance) experience is available to students on an elective basis.


The radiology curriculum is integrated into several clinical clerkships of Year 3: internal medicine, surgery, emergency medicine, neurology, psychiatry, OB/GYN, and pediatrics. During each of these clerkships, individual radiology sessions will highlight disease processes that the students will likely encounter. Students will independently review pre-learning modules, to be followed by an interactive case conference that illustrates concepts described in the modules.

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Basic Clinical Procedures

Basic Clinical Procedures is the first of two required courses that comprise the Wake Forest Procedures Curriculum. In this course, students are introduced to basic clinical procedures and given the opportunity to learn about each procedure via multi-media online educational modules. Students then observe and participate in these procedures, students are expected to seek out opportunities to perform the procedures under appropriate supervision. The final examination for this course is the Procedures Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE), a proctored exam where students are observed performing selected procedures in standardized simulated environments.

For complete descriptions of all Year 3 courses see the WFSM Student Handbook

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