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MSIII Required Clerkships

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Clinical Bioethics

Syr/Bing Course #: CBHX2400
Syr/Bing Course Credit:

Director: Thomas Curran, MD
Syr Administrator: Kathy Szczech
Site Director: Marita Powell, MD
Bing Administrator: Donna Dranchok

In this longitudinal concurrent case-based course which spans the third year, students meet in small groups with a faculty tutor to discuss ethical issues presented in patient care and practice communication skills. Students bring their own cases for discussion, and faculty provide other cases to provide the opportunity to discuss and learn about ethical principles and a method of case analysis for ethical concerns raised in patient care. Advanced communication skills are addressed in this course.

Emergency Medicine Clerkship 

Syr/Bing Course #: EMED1300
Syr/Bing Course Credit: 2.5

Directors: Matthew Sarsfield, MD & Jennifer Campoli, DO
Syr Administrator: TBD
Site Director:
Stephen Gomez, MD
Bing Administrator: Kelly Cortright

EM Pocket Card

This two week rotation introduces students to core concepts and principles in Emergency Medicine. Emphasis is on focused history and physical examination skills, developing a differential diagnosis, and developing clinical care plans. Principles of trauma care, shock and critically ill patients, and other acute life threatening illness will be taught in the clinical setting as well as in the Simulation Center.

Family Medicine Clerkship 

Syr/Bing Course #: FAMP1600
Syr/Bing Course Credit: 4.5

Directors: Tom LaClair, MD
Syr Administrator: Zoreslava Osiv
Site Director:
Lazarus Gehring, MD
Bing Administrator: Donna Dranchok

FM Pocket Card

"This ambulatory-based clerkship provides training in the basic tenets of primary, family-based care. Clinical preventive medicine and the treatment of acute and chronic diseases are emphasized in both clinical and didactic aspects of the clerkship.

What are the goals of the clerkship? The goals of the clerkship are for every medical student to:

  • have point-of-care training in a family doctor’s office
  • demonstrate competence in the core knowledge and skills of family medicine
  • understand the role of the family physician

Additionally, students will recognize that high quality information, balanced with patient preferences and clinical judgement, is the basis for intelligent decision making. Developing an understanding of the intellectual process and acquiring the skills for life-long learning will assist students in achieving the goals of the Family Medicine Clerkship."


Internal Medicine Clerkship 

Syr/Bing Course #: MDCN2000
Syr/Bing Course Credit: 10

Director: Zachary Shepherd, MD
Syr Administrator: Lisa Oliver
Site Director: Thomas Genese, MD
Bing Administrator: Maureen Savona

IM Pocket Card

Through active participation in the care of inpatients and outpatients, the third-year student continues to develop knowledge and skill in diagnosis and acquire experience in the fundamentals of treatment.Students take medical histories, perform physical examinations and outline programs of treatment on assigned patients.



Director: Jeanne Bishop, MD
Syr Administrator: Kelly Wheeler
Site Director: Rana Ahmad, MD
Bing Administrator: Penny Holt

Palliative Care (EPEC)

Director: Barbara Krenzer, MD
Syr Administrator: Jamie Murphy
Site Director: Rana Ahmad, MD
Bing Administrator: Penny Holt

Neuroscience Clerkship 

Syr/Bing Course #: NEUR3000
Syr/Bing Course Credit: 5

Directors: Michael Vertino, MDMichael Galgano, MD (Neurosurgery)
Syr Administrator: John Reidy
Site Directors: Yahia Lodi, MD 
Bing Administrator: Maureen Savona

Neuro Pocket Card

This five-week clerkship integrates neurology and neurosurgery instruction. Students see common and uncommon neurological disorders and obtain concentrated training in taking a neurological history and performing a neurologic examination. A core curriculum emphasizes neurologic topics common in general practice. Core Topics in ophthalmology are also included.

Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship 

Syr/Bing Course #: OBGY3600
Syr/Bing Course Credit: 5

Directors: John Folk, MD & George Stanley, MD
Syr Administrator: Christine Rydelek
Site Director: Patrick Ruggiero, MD
Bing Administrator: Kelly Cortright

OB/Gyn Pocket Card

Online core topic modules and active participation in patient care form the basis for this clerkship. We provide clinical opportunities for students to develop skills and knowledge related to antepartum care, management of normal labor and delivery, postpartum care, and common ambulatory and inpatient gynecologic concerns. We emphasize the importance of women's health care in all aspects of a well-educated and prepared physician.

Pediatrics Clerkship 

Syr/Bing Course #: PEDS5600
Syr/Bing Course Credit: 5

Directors: Jennifer Nead, MD & Leah Bennett, MD/MPH
Syr Administrator: Chris Kuehnle
Site Director: Paula Farrell, MD
Bing Administrator: Kelly Cortright

Peds Pocket Card

Provides students with a basis for understanding the interrelationships of growth factors and development in health and disease. Students develop basic skills in taking pediatric histories; perform physical examinations on newborns, infants and older children; assess the childrens developmental levels; and interpret clinical data. Preventive pediatrics is emphasized.

Population Health for Physicians 

Syr/Bing Course #: PRVM6400
Syr/Bing Course Credit: 0.5

Director: Travis Hobart, MD, MPH
Syr Administrator: Zoreslava Osiv
Site Director: Christopher Ryan, MD
Bing Administrator: Donna Dranchok

Pop Health Pocket Card

A longitudinal course covering public health, clinical prevention and emergency preparedness topics during the clinical rotations.

Psychiatry Clerkship 

Syr/Bing Course #: PYCH6800
Syr/Bing Course Credit: 5

Directors: Hilary Gamble, MD & Rachael Kuch-Cecconi, MD
Syr Administrator: Cassandra Read
Site Director: Purushothaman Muthukanagaraj, MD
Bing Administrator: Maureen Savona

Psych Pocket Card

In this psychiatry clerkship, students learn interviewing techniques, refine diagnostic skills, prepare case studies and participate in the treatment programs of the ward to which they are assigned. Liaison/consultation psychiatry is also emphasized. Students learn to evaluate patients in the ER and outpatient clinics. Faculty provide seminars to review psychopathology and treatment methods.

Surgery and Surgical Subspecialties Clerkship 

Syr/Bing Course #: SURG8200
Syr/Bing Course Credit: 7

Directors: Roseanna Guzman-Curtis, MD, MPH and Michael Luca, DO
Syr Administrator: Rebecca Bellini
Site Director: Leonard Anderson, MD
Bing Administrator: Kelly Cortright

Surgery Pocket Card

During this clerkship, the student participates in the care and management of patients on general surgical services as well as subspecialty services. Bedside, clinic, and operating room instruction is supplemented by Wise MD case and Skills Modules and sub-speciality lectures. Students learn to recognize problems of a surgical nature, to understand the relevant pathophysiology and to gain some familiarity with surgical therapy.

The RMED Experience

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Syr Course #: FAMP1650
Syr Course Credit: 4
Director: Carrie Roseamelia, PhD 
Syr Administrator: TBD

Rural Medical Education, known as RMED, is an elective course tied to a clinical site placement for third-year medical students. Participating students complete three (of eight) core clinical rotations including: Family Medicine, Surgery and Emergency Medicine at a rural, or small town, clinical site. In addition to the three core clinical rotations, participating students complete the RMED Elective (FAMP1650) while living and training in a small town environment. For the elective, an emphasis is placed on the continuous and comprehensive care of patients. Students develop skills in the diagnosis and management of a wide range of common ambulatory and secondary hospital problems of patients across the age spectrum. Students participate in office hours and conduct inpatient rounds, laboratory work, night call, and case presentations with community-based attendings. Medical students negotiate site placements with the Assistant Dean of Rural Medicine, Dr. Carrie Roseamelia. A preference for acceptance into RMED is given to students that completed the Introduction to Rural Health course (FAMP1646) during their first and second year of medical school. Students with academic deficiencies or professionalism concerns cannot participate.

Academic Schedules

Third Year Clerkship Subject Exams