Clerkship Descriptions for 3rd Year

MDC 7200 Medicine Clerkship (8 Credits)

Active participation in the care of ward and clinical patients is provided under supervision. A close tutorial relationship with faculty members during conferences and teaching rounds provides a rich learning experience.

MDC 7180 Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship (6 Credits)

Students participate in the outpatient and inpatient care of women at Shands at UF and Shands at Jacksonville. Interactive conferences and active clinical involvement provide exposure to obstetrics, gynecology, oncology, and reproductive endocrinology. The curriculum includes preventive medicine, primary care, and intensive care.

MDC 7400 Pediatrics Clerkship (8 Credits)

Students actively participate in inpatient and outpatient medical management of infants and children. Teaching occurs on the wards, in the pediatric clinics, in the emergency rooms at Shands at UF and Shands at Jacksonville, and in rural clinics. Instruction is focused on the development of history-taking and physical diagnostic skills and an understanding of preventive medicine and patient management. Students also learn about the psychological and socioeconomic consequences of illness in families of affected children.

MDC 7830 Psychiatric Clerkship (6 Credits)

Students assist in the treatment of psychiatric patients at Shands Hospital, the VA Medical Center, Shands at Vista, and Shands at Jacksonville. Students attend weekly didactic seminars and conferences and receive one-on-one instruction to help them apply their cognitive base of knowledge to the care of patients with psychiatric disorders.

MDC 7600 Surgery Clerkship (8 Credits)

Students participate in the care of surgical patients on the wards and in the operating room at Shands at UF, the VA Medical Center, and Shands at Jacksonville. Students spend 4 weeks on a General Surgery service and 2 weeks on two subspecialty surgical services such as Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Vascular Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Pediatric Surgery and Urology. Instruction in the care of the surgical patient is provided by a series of daily seminars and lectures.

MDC 7124 Family Medicine and Geriatrics Clerkship (8 Credits)

This course employs an interdisciplinary design created by the Departments of Community Health and Family Medicine and Internal Medicine to address the many themes of primary care that are common to all primary care physicians regardless of specialty. The interdisciplinary model addresses themes that can be addressed conjointly and thus more efficiently. Students will gain experience dealing with ambulatory diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic medical problems in a primary care setting. Continuity of preceptor and patient population will be a feature of this course. Didactic content will focus on preparing students to address clinical presentations commonly encountered in the primary care setting.

MDC 7140 Geriatrics Clerkship (4 credits)
The aim of the clerkship is to provide 3rd year medical students with an in depth knowledge and clinical experience to help maintain or improve the function of older patients and manage their acute and chronic medical problems.