Third-Year Curriculum

Second-year students currently completing all required basic science coursework and registering for the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Part 1, are eligible to begin scheduling required third year clinical clerkships. This is an exciting transition as the focus of your medical education becomes centered on clinical duties that will make up the majority of your professional career. The curriculum is designed to instruct students on each broad area of clinical practice. Clinical clerkship exposure will also help form the basis of experience that students will use to make their professional career decisions.

The third year is composed of a one-week Transition to Clinical Medicine course, seven required clerkships, 4 weeks of elective taken either as one 4-week elective or two 2-week electives, and three 1-week islands. The third year elective must be taken at Hershey Medical Center or at one of our academic affiliate institutions. Required clerkships are: Medicine (8 weeks); Surgery (8 weeks); Pediatrics (6 weeks); Obstetrics and Gynecology (6 weeks); Family and Community Medicine (4 weeks); Psychiatry (4 weeks); and Primary Care (4 weeks). Elective time is 4 weeks in length and each of the islands is one week in length for a total of 47 weeks of clinical study.

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Phase II

  • Profession of Medicine II: April 18-29, 2016

Block 1

  • Rotation 1: May 2 – 27, 2016
  • Rotation 2: May 31 – June 24, 2016
  • Rotation 3: June 27 – July 22, 2016

Block 2

  • Rotation 1: July 25 – Aug. 19, 2016
  • Rotation 2: Aug. 22 – Sept. 16, 2016
  • Rotation 3: Sept. 19 – Oct. 14, 2016

Block 3

  • Rotation 1: Oct. 17 – Nov. 11, 2016
  • Rotation 2: Nov. 14 – Dec. 9, 2016
  • MS3 Reflection and Assessment: Dec. 12 – 16, 2016
  • Winter Break: Dec. 17, 2016 – Jan. 17, 2017
  • Rotation 3: Jan. 2 – Jan. 27, 2017

Block 4

  • Rotation 1: Jan. 30 – Feb. 24, 2017
  • Rotation 2: Feb. 27 – March 24, 2017
  • Rotation 3: March 27 – April 21, 2017
  • Profession of Medicine II: April 18-29, 2016

Block 1

  • OBGYN/PEDS I: May 2 – June 10, 2016
  • OBGYN/PEDS II: June 13 – July 22, 2016

Block 2

  • OBGYN/PEDS I: July 25 – Sept. 6, 2016
  • OBGYN/PEDS II: Sept. 6 – Oct. 14, 2016

Block 3

  • OBGYN/PEDS I: Oct. 17 – Nov. 23, 2016
  • OBGYN/PEDS II: Nov. 28, 2016 – Jan. 27, 2017
  • MS3 Reflection and Assessment: Dec. 12 – 16, 2016
  • Winter Break: Dec. 17, 2016 – Jan. 17, 2017

Block 4

  • OBGYN/PEDS I: Jan. 30 – March 10, 2017
  • OBGYN/PEDS II: March 13 – April 21, 2017

Phase II Integrated Medical Sciences

Block 1

  • May 13, 20, 27
  • June 3, 10, 17, 24
  • July 1, 8, 15

Block 2

  • Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26
  • Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Oct. 7

Block 3

  • Oct. 28
  • Nov. 4, 11, 18
  • Dec. 2, 9
  • Jan. 6, 13, 20

Block 4

  • Feb. 10, 17, 24
  • March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • April 7

Block 1

  • May 13, 20
  • June 10, 17
  • July 1, 8, 15

Block 2

  • Aug. 5, 12
  • Sept. 2, 9, 30
  • Oct. 7

Block 3

  • Oct. 28
  • Nov. 4
  • Dec. 2
  • Jan. 20

Block 4

  • Feb. 10, 17
  • March 10, 17
  • April 7

Block 1

  • May 13, 20
  • June 3, 24
  • July 1, 15

Block 2

  • Aug. 5, 12, 26
  • Sept. 16, 23
  • Oct. 7

Block 3

  • Oct. 28
  • Nov. 4, 18
  • Dec. 9
  • Jan. 20

Block 4

  • Feb. 10, 17
  • March 3, 24, 31
  • April 7

Block 1

  • May 13, 20, 27
  • June 3, 10, 17, 24
  • July 1, 8, 15

Block 2

  • Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26
  • Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • Oct. 7

Block 3

  • Oct. 28
  • Nov. 4, 11, 18
  • Dec. 2, 9
  • Jan. 6, 13, 20

Block 4

  • Feb. 10, 17, 24
  • March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • April 7