MCW-Milwaukee Curriculum Schedule and Course Descriptions
The Family Medicine clerkship is a four-week rotation introducing you to the principles of family and community medicine. You will have experiences diagnosing and managing the most common medical problems in family practice. You'll 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 your knowledge of population-based medicine.
Obstetrics and Gynecology
The Obstetrics and Gynecology clerkship is an intensive six week rotation designed to provide you with a comprehensive background regarding women’s health, giving you the skills necessary to manage routine obstetric and gynecologic problems during your career, regardless of specialty choice.
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. After completing the clerkship, you will be able to recognize common surgical diseases and be familiar with the initial evaluation and management of these common surgical problems.
Anesthesiology is a two-week rotation. You 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).
The Psychiatry clerkship is a four-week rotation working with psychiatrists and other mental health providers. During the clerkship, you'll 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 Internal Medicine clerkship is an eight-week rotation and provides you with an intensive exposure to the practice of internal medicine in the inpatient setting. You 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 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, you'll become part of a team of interns and residents taking care of pediatric patients in a hospital setting. During the two weeks of outpatient, you will spend time in outpatient pediatric subspecialty clinics and in primary care offices.
M3/M4 Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
The CPD course is the continuation of the early clinical coursework to ensure your 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 your performance and competencies based on your cumulative performance in the required components. You will work one-on-one with your CPD director to manage an Individualized Learning Plan.