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Third-Year Medicine Clerkship

Medical students reviewThe Adult Inpatient Medicine clerkship is an 8-week clinical rotation designed to help students develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to provide care to acutely ill adult patients while encompassing the Department of Medicine missions of excellence in patient care and preeminent leadership in medical education.

It’s an exciting time to learn in a hospital setting! The evolving role of hospitalists, rapid innovations in specialty care, advances in clinical technology including point of care ultrasound (POCUS) and telemedicine, increasing focus on collaborative inter-professional practice, and widespread initiatives in patient safety and quality improvement are changing the way that care is provided in the hospital and across all healthcare settings. Despite these changes, the fundamental traditions of clinical excellence and compassionate care with a biopsychosocial approach remain the same.

Rotation Overview

The Medicine clerkship is divided into two four-week sections. For four weeks of the clerkship, each student joins a Hospital Medicine team at our primary clinical site, Strong Memorial Hospital. During the other four weeks, students may rotate at one of the regional community hospitals—Highland Hospital, Rochester General Hospital or Unity Hospital—to gain additional exposure to general inpatient medicine, or join our inpatient sub-specialty care teams in the Coronary Care Unit and Wilmot Cancer Center.

For the first four weeks of the clerkship, all students participate in small group, student-centered educational sessions under the direction of a faculty preceptor. In addition, case conferences, skills workshops, and virtual patient cases are arranged for students to provide a broad foundation in Internal Medicine. However, the core of students’ learning will occur in the context of caring for the patients on their clinical teams.

At all sites throughout the Medicine clerkship, students are encouraged to become integral members of their teams and participate in all aspects of patient care, embracing a patient centered and team oriented approach and progressively refining their bedside clinical competence, communication skills and medical decision making. The clerkship emphasizes the importance of primary and secondary disease prevention, high value, evidence based practice, optimal transitions of care, strong collaboration between health team members, and the recognition and amelioration of health care disparities. Additionally, the clerkship provides students with exposure to various aspects of internal medicine practice to assist them in career selection.


Amy Blatt, MD

Amy Blatt, M.D.
Director, Inpatient Medicine Clerkship
Associate Professor – Department of Medicine and Department of Pediatrics

Jennifer Pascoe, MD

Jennifer Pascoe, M.D.
Associate Director, Inpatient Medicine Clerkship
Assistant Professor – Department of Medicine

Julie Bissonnette

Julie Bissonnette
Medicine Clerkship/Acting Internship Coordinator
Phone: (585) 275-3250