The Clinical Curriculum of Our University
Our clinical curriculum at Atlantic University School of Medicine affords our students consists of seventy-two weeks of clinical rotations. Forty-eight weeks are dedicated to the core clerkship rotations, and twenty-four weeks are to be used toward elective rotations and sub-internships.
Third year students complete their initial clinical rotations where they participate in active ambulatory and inpatient practices on teaching services in medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, family medicine, and psychiatry.
The core rotations are as follows:
- 12 Weeks of Internal Medicine
- 12 Weeks of Surgery
- 6 Weeks of Pediatrics
- 6 Weeks of Obstetrics/Gynecology
- 6 Weeks of Family Medicine
- 6 Weeks of Psychiatry
Fourth year students complete advanced clinical rotations to further their third year experiences, and are required to complete twenty-four weeks in areas of their choosing. Students will be able to schedule their elective rotations with the Director of Clinical Medicine, under the direction of the Dean of Clinical Medicine. Medical malpractice insurance is required of all clinical students and is provided to you through our university.
Clinical Placement and Clerical Clerkship Opportunities
All core rotations must be taken only in hospitals with which the college has an active, written affiliation agreement, and in which there are appropriate university clinical faculty members. The hospital must also have approved postgraduate programs in the areas of internship rotations by the Dean of Clinical Medicine. All core rotations should be completed before any sub-internship, primary care, or elective rotation is begun. Additionally, all affiliate teaching hospitals are contracted with our university – we do not use third party rotations.
It is important for students to note that, at the request of our teaching hospital affiliates, no student is permitted to contact any coordinator within any hospital for any reason. All communication regarding rotations must be conducted through the Department of Medicine within our university.
Elective Assignments for Students
Your elective assignments are made by the Director of Medical Education (DME) and approved by the Dean of Clinical Medicine. A list of electives available to our students at each affiliated hospital is prepared annually by the Dean of Clinical Medicine with additions or deletions made as necessary, and may be reviewed by students at the office of the DME. Once approved by the Dean, the DME will certify the assigned electives for each student through the Office of the Registrar.
Elective rotations in certain specialty areas, such as Dermatology, Radiology, or Pathology, may be taken in hospitals where there exist approved postgraduate training programs in an acceptable “umbrella” area. For example, Dermatology, Radiology, and Pathology may all be taken where Internal Medicine is approved. In every instance, however, in which a student seeks to take an elective at an unaffiliated hospital, the placement must be approved in writing by the Dean of Clinical Medicine prior to the beginning of the elective.
If a student wishes to be assigned to a specialty elective at a hospital where there is no clearly related, approved postgraduate training program, the application must be first approved in writing by the Dean of Clinical Medicine through the Director of Clinical Medicine. The Dean of Clinical Medicine will then submit the application – together with all supporting information – for final approval by the Chancellor of the School of Medicine. Any student who schedules his or her own electives without authorization will not be given credit and will be required to repeat the elective at an assigned teaching affiliate hospital.
How Clinical Placement Works
State licensure requirements vary over time and between states. At this time, some state licensing boards, as well as registration entities outside of the United States, do not accept clinical training in unaffiliated or non-teaching hospitals. For this reason, students who do not yet know where they will seek licensure to practice medicine and who wish to be eligible in all states should avoid electives at unaffiliated hospitals. The Department of Clinical Medicine advises all students to complete 72 weeks of clinical training within affiliate teaching hospitals.
Furthermore, our university believes that the training and education provided at all affiliated hospitals is substantially equivalent. From a purely educational point of view, placement of all students is determined by position openings. However, the University feels that both students and hospitals would benefit if students can train near their home when possible.
Affiliate hospitals at which students of our University have trained include locations in Maryland, Illinois, New York, Connecticut, Louisiana, Colorado, Washington, and Florida, in the United States. Our university also maintains affiliations with teaching hospitals in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Sweden, India, South Africa, Germany, and Austria (German language only) as well.
Evaluation & Grading at Our Medical University
There are three objective assessments that our medical University utilizes to provide students with a detailed representation of their success or failure in any given clinical rotation. First, all students enrolled within the clinical science department are required to submit weekly logbooks, provided by the university. This, at the conclusion of their 72 weeks of clinical study, students will have seventy-two approved logbooks on file with the Department of Clinical Medicine.
Finally, all students will have an evaluation of their performance, as scored by their preceptor, on file; this is signed and certified by the teaching hospital and sent directly to the University’s administrative office. It can take up to several weeks for the University to receive these documents.
Some of the Hospitals where our students have completed Clinical Science training:
- Adventist Hinsdale Hospital
- Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook
- Adventist Health Center Glen Oaks
- Adventist Health Center LaGrange
- Jackson Park Hospital
- Harbor Hospital
- Franciscan Health System
- West Suburban Health System
- Whipps Cross University Hospital
- The Royal London Hospital
- Saint Bartholomew’s Hospital
- Mayo Hospital
- University of Louisiana Affiliate Hospitals
* This is not an all-inclusive listing of affiliate teaching sites with the School of Medicine.