Phase 2 of the curriculum spans the third year of medical school. Phase 2 is composed of both out-patient and in-patient rotations. The clerkships in the third year include Surgery (6 weeks), Obstetrics & Gynecology (6 weeks), Neurology (3 weeks), Psychiatry (6 weeks), Inpatient Medicine (6 weeks), Ambulatory Medicine (5 weeks), Inpatient Pediatrics (3 weeks), Ambulatory Pediatrics (5 weeks), and Family Medicine (6 weeks). These blocks can be taken in any order. Students are also given the choice of taking a two week elective or a two week vacation block. The elective requirement extends into Phase 3, and totals 18 weeks over the two phases.
During the clerkship year, students continue their Student Continuity Practice.
During Phase 2, students come together for a Home Week . This three day session allows the faculty to provide important educational experiences to students, supplementing their clinical rotations.
At the end of Phase 2, students must take and pass a comprehensive clinical skills assessment. In this exam, students are tested on over a dozen common clinical scenarios using patient instructors who are specifically trained to understand and teach key elements of the history and physical exam. This is followed by both the clinical knowledge and clinical skills components of the USMLE Step-2 examination.