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Clinical Curriculum

The third- and fourth-year curriculum provides students with training in patient care, diagnosis, and treatment in a variety of clinical settings. 

Immediately prior to the M3 year, students complete the CRASH (Clinical Resources And Skills for the Hospital) Course—an intensive introduction to clinical medicine. The CRASH course is designed to reinforce the clinical skills introduced during the M1 and M2 years and to introduce new skills that will be utilized throughout the clerkships. Most of students’ time is spent in small-group interactive sessions.
The M3 year is comprised of both required core clerkships and elective clerkships through which students have the opportunity to begin exploring areas of interest. Core clerkships are offered at Rush University Medical Center or at The John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County (formerly Cook County Hospital. 
Students participate in the Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA) in the spring of the M3 year. The CSA assesses students’ clinical skills through focused patient encounters. Feedback is provided to help students prepare for the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills exam. 
In the M4 year, students complete their Subinternship and the Emergency Medicine Core Clerkship, and further explore areas of interest via elective clerkships. Up to 12 weeks of the required elective clerkships may be taken for credit at another Liaison Committee on Medical Education LCME (LCME)-accredited institution. In addition, students may complete four weeks of a global health elective and four weeks of a research elective for credit. 
Throughout the M4 year, students also prepare their residency applications and interview for residency positions. M4 students must take and pass the USMLE Step 2 exam—Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills—to graduate.
M3 Required Core and Elective Clerkships
o   Internal Medicine Core Clerkship (8 weeks)
o   Pediatrics Core Clerkship (8 weeks)
o   Surgery Core Clerkship (8 weeks)
o   Obstetrics and Gynecology Core Clerkship (6 weeks)
o   Neurology Core Clerkship (4 weeks)
o   Psychiatry Core Clerkship (4 weeks)
o  Primary Care Clerkship (4 weeks): Family Medicine or Internal Medicines
o Elective (6 weeks)
M4 Clerkships
o   Subinternship (4 weeks): Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, or Surgery
o   Emergency Medicine Core Clerkship (4 weeks)
o   Electives

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