Phase B - Clinical Clerkships

Phase B - Clinical Clerkships

The clerkship curriculum begins in the third year of medical education and is 46 weeks long. Clerkship rotations are a time for students to reinforce their first two years of medical training and apply their knowledge to patients in outpatient and inpatient settings.

Prior to each clerkship, students will return to the College of Medicine for clerkship-specific didactics. These sessions include readings and discussions on wellness, determinants of health, and health promotion. Clinical faculty in the respective disciplines will guide the discussions and assess the students based on participation and weekly audience-response quizzes. Included in the didactics are important aspects of preventative, acute, chronic, continuing, rehabilitative, and end-of-life care.

 Clerkship  Total Week  Inpatient  Outpatient

 Family Medicine

 6  0  6

 Internal Medicine

 8  4  4


 4  2  2


 6  3  3


 6  3  3


 4  2  2


 8  4  4

 Emergency Medicine

 4  0  4














Health System Affiliations

The clinics and hospitals of our health system affiliations provide clinical clerkships and training in multiple medical specialties to our students. By having access to these community healthcare facilities, medical students are exposed to diverse patient populations with differing severities of illness and all under the supervision of faculty physicians.

Kaiser Permanente of Northern California (over 900 beds and 1,400 physicians)

  • Kaiser North Valley
  • Kaiser South Sacramento
  • Kaiser Roseville

Dignity Health System (over 1,000 beds and 2,100 physicians)

  • Mercy General
  • Mercy San Juan
  • Methodist
  • Woodland Memorial

To augment experiences in psychiatry, CNU is affiliated with the psychiatric hospitals Heritage Oaks (125 beds) and Sierra Vista (120 beds).

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