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    M3 Discovery Curriculum Course Descriptions

    Discovery Clerkship Track Options (PDF)

    Continuous Professional Development

    The CPD course is the continuation of the early clinical coursework to ensure students continued competency progression in the clinical setting.  This course assigns one clinical faculty director to a cohort of students.  The CPD director monitors and measures student performance and competencies based on their cumulative performance in the required components.  Students work one-on-one with their CPD director to manage an Individualized Learning Plan.


    Anesthesiology is a two-week rotation.  Students will be introduced to the care of perioperative patients throughout all phases of perioperative care.  The focus will be on performing a preoperative evaluation and identifying risk factors, intraoperative management (including management of common problems) and post-operative care (including acute pain management). 

    Family Medicine

    The Family Medicine clerkship is a four-week rotation and introduces students to the principles of family and community medicine. All students will have experiences diagnosing and managing the most common medical problems in family practice. Students learn the process of care in family medicine, learn how to apply evidence-based medicine in patient care, develop important clinical problem-solving skills and communication skills in the outpatient setting, and enhance their knowledge of population-based medicine. 


    The Internal Medicine clerkship is an eight-week rotation and provides students with an intensive exposure to the practice of internal medicine in the inpatient setting. All students will complete two four-week inpatient rotations during the clerkship. The core clerkship focuses on the basic competencies of internal medicine considered necessary for third-year medical students as determined by the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM) national curriculum.


    The Neurology clerkship is a four-week rotation that will teach the principles and skills required to recognize and manage neurological diseases most likely to be seen in a general medical practice.

    Obstetrics and Gynecology

    The Obstetrics and Gynecology clerkship is an intensive six week rotation designed to provide medical students with a comprehensive background regarding women’s health, allowing them to obtain the skills necessary to manage routine obstetric and gynecologic problems during their careers regardless of specialty choice.


    The Pediatric clerkship is a six-week rotation that consists of four weeks of inpatient and two weeks of outpatient pediatrics experience. During the four weeks of inpatient, students become part of a team of interns and residents taking care of pediatric patients in a hospital setting. During the two weeks of outpatient, students spend time in outpatient pediatric subspecialty clinics and in primary care offices. 


    The Psychiatry clerkship is a four-week rotation working with psychiatrists and other mental health providers.  Students learn to recognize the difference between emotional problems and mental illness, demonstrate the ability to perform a psychiatric interview that will lead to a formulation of the problem and method of intervention, list major psychiatric diagnostic entities and apply them to case histories, learn about psychotropic medications, learn different modalities used in hospitals to treat patients, and demonstrate the ability to talk with ease to patients who have emotional problems, and effectively manage psychiatric emergency situations.


    The Surgery clerkship is an eight-week rotation and is designed to provide broad exposure to the wide variety of topics in both general surgery and the surgical subspecialties.  Students completing the clerkship will be able to recognize common surgical diseases and be familiar with the initial evaluation and management of these common surgical problems.

    Electives – M3 & M4

    The Medical College of Wisconsin offers more than 200 electives in 20 different departments. Students may select from any specialty or subspecialty ranging from advanced gross anatomy to neurosurgery along with multiple research electives and away rotations.  Over the third and fourth year students take 22 weeks of electives.  Depending on student preferences and scheduling, year three is 2-10 weeks of electives and year four is 12-20 weeks of electives.