Phase II (Years 3 and 4)
The basic science taught in the first two years of the medical school’s curriculum prepares students to enter into the more formal clinical phase in their third and fourth years. The Clinical Sciences Value Domain in Phase II was thoughtfully designed to be integrated, allowing the various departments to collaborate toward an enhanced experience for students.
Most of Year 3 is spent at Carilion Medical Center with clinical faculty who are largely members of Carilion Clinic. There, students will complete a year of required clerkships consisting of six‐week rotations in the core clinical disciplines (internal medicine, surgery, family and community medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, and OB/GYN) and two‐week rotations in radiology and neurology. Research continues to be integrated into the clerkship year with a dedicated four-week block. In addition, there are four weeks available for electives in Year 03.
During Year 4, students complete a four‐week required clinical experience in Emergency Medicine as well as electives that must include one medical subspecialty, one surgical subspecialty, and one ICU/critical care rotation, each for two weeks. Students have 18 to 26 weeks of additional elective time, a two-week Transition to Residency I requirement, and additional flexible time for interviewing for residency programs and vacation. Finally, there is a required two-week research rotation, which can be lengthened for students whose research requires additional time.
While the clinical sciences are prominent during Phase II, threads from each of the four value domains are woven into the experience. Students are brought together on two Friday afternoons per six‐week block to continue to integrate the four educational value domains. The planning and implementation of the content of these “domain days” sessions is rotated among the various domain leaders and core clinical departments.
Phase II ends with "Transition to Residency II,” in which students are provided information on current updates in basic sciences, debt repayment and financial aid issues, residency preparation suggestions, legal issues, and new educational developments at the medical school. Students also present their research projects during this week.