Course Descriptions for 3rd Year

During the third year, students rotate through seven clinical clerkships. The clerkships in Medicine, Pediatrics, and Surgery are 8 weeks in length. The Family Medicine clerkship is 8 weeks. Obstetrics and Gynecology and Psychiatry are 6 weeks each, and Neurology is 4 weeks. During the clerkships, the medical student participates as a member of the health-care team in the care of hospitalized and ambulatory patients. Teaching occurs in various settings, including clinical rounds, conferences, and lectures, as well as at the bedside and during surgery. Students spend 10 to 12 weeks in clerkships at UFHSC-Jacksonville. Free housing is provided during the Jacksonville rotation. Students are required to complete all third year clerkship work within the University of Florida setting.

MDC 7200 Medicine Clerkship (8 Credits)

Active participation in the care of ward and clinical patients is provided under supervision. A close tutorial relationship with faculty members during conferences and teaching rounds provides a rich learning experience.

MDC 7800 Neurology Clerkship (4 Credits)

Students work on the inpatient and outpatient services of the Neurology Department at Shands at UF, the VA Medical Center, and Shands at Jacksonville. Students assume responsibility for patient care and learn how to logically diagnose and treat neurologic disease.

MDC 7180 Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship (6 Credits)

Students participate in the outpatient and inpatient care of women at Shands at UF and Shands at Jacksonville. Interactive conferences and active clinical involvement provide exposure to obstetrics, gynecology, oncology, and reproductive endocrinology. The curriculum includes preventive medicine, primary care, and intensive care.

MDC 7400 Pediatrics Clerkship (8 Credits)

Students actively participate in inpatient and outpatient medical management of infants and children. Teaching occurs on the wards, in the pediatric clinics, in the emergency rooms at Shands at UF and Shands at Jacksonville, and in rural clinics. Instruction is focused on the development of history-taking and physical diagnostic skills and an understanding of preventive medicine and patient management. Students also learn about the psychological and socioeconomic consequences of illness in families of affected children.

MDC 7830 Psychiatric Clerkship (6 Credits)

Students assist in the treatment of psychiatric patients at Shands Hospital, the VA Medical Center, Shands at Vista, and Shands at Jacksonville. Students attend weekly didactic seminars and conferences and receive one-on-one instruction to help them apply their cognitive base of knowledge to the care of patients with psychiatric disorders.

MDC 7600 Surgery Clerkship (8 Credits)

Students participate in the care of surgical patients on the wards and in the operating room at Shands at UF, the VA Medical Center, and Shands at Jacksonville. Students spend 4 weeks on a General Surgery service and 2 weeks on two subspecialty surgical services such as Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Vascular Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Pediatric Surgery and Urology. Instruction in the care of the surgical patient is provided by a series of daily seminars and lectures.

MDC 7124 Family Medicine/Ambulatory Care Clerkship (8 Credits)

This course employs an interdisciplinary design created by the Departments of Community Health and Family Medicine and Internal Medicine. Students focus on the ambulatory management of common acute and chronic medical problems in a primary care setting. Continuity of preceptor and patient population is a feature of this course. Students rotate in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine and Geriatric clinics that emphasize broad primary care practice. Students also participate in a series of case-based discussions on common core topics in general practice. In addition, there will be a series of workshops on other key topics pertinent to the generalist.