Clinical Sciences

Following completion of course studies in basic sciences, students undergo coursework in the clinical sciences, where they learn how to diagnose and manage disease by interpreting data, conducting research, and devising new therapies. During Phase II, the last two years, junior students are randomly assigned to six clinical rotations: internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, surgery, psychiatry, and family medicine. The senior clinical rotations are divided into clerkships (selectives) and electives. Eight clinical rotations of four weeks each are required to complete the senior year. The required rotations are internal medicine, radiology, psychiatry/neurology, senior family medicine, and electives that include four units (sixteen weeks).

One of the four units of electives will include recently developed course entitled Capstone; additionally, an Intersession course has been established. The intersession modules are three (3), one-week course blocks designed to revisit, reinforce, and integrate essential basic science concepts into the day-to-day practice of medicine.

Junior and senior clinical clerkships are taken at the Alvin C. York Medical in Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Nashville Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center; Nashville General Hospital at Meharry; Blanchfield Army Hospital in Fort Campbell, Kentucky; and/or one of the affiliated sites approved by the department.

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