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Year 3 includes seven clerkships in family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery. During these core clerkships, students learn the fundamentals of good patient care, and faculties assess student competencies. Clerkships must be supervised by Columbia-based School of Medicine faculty or community faculty appointed through the School of Medicine. Students may take up to three clerkships at designated community sites as part of the MU Rural Track Clerkship Program.

Child Health Clerkship

Students have the opportunity to learn about common illnesses and abnormalities in children. Emphasis also is placed on the importance of preventive and developmental aspects of child care. Lectures and case presentations correlate with the clinical experiences.

  • Clerkship Director - Amie VanMorlan, M.D.
  • Associate Clerkship Director - Aaron Waggie, D.O.
  • Clerkship Coordinator – Ruth Sypes - (573) 882-8350


Family and Community Medicine Clerkship

Core learning experiences take place in ambulatory clinic settings. Students work with experienced clinicians and senior residents, spending time in University teaching practices and in community-based practices. Students also may spend time seeing patients in emergency room, hospital, nursing home settings and taking call with residents and practicing physicians. A high volume of patients of all ages with a wide range of problems is encountered. Many patients will have undifferentiated problems.

  • Clerkship Director – Elizabeth Garrett, M.D.
  • Associate Clerkship Director - Amanda Allmon, M.D.
  • Clerkship Coordinator – Kody Guest - (573) 884-3734


Internal Medicine Clerkship

Students spend eight weeks on the internal medicine inpatient service at University Hospital and Harry S. Truman Veterans Hospital, where they learn to care for adult patients with acute and chronic illnesses. Teaching emphasizes the principles of differential diagnosis and problem solving as well as the integration of basic science information into the art of patient care. Students also gain clinical experience in medical interviewing and physical examination.

  • Clerkship Director – Carla Dyer, M.D.
  • Associate Clerkship Director - Julia Halsey, M.D. 
  • Clerkship Coordinator – Starsha Ferguson - (573) 884-1569


Obstetrics/Gynecology Clerkship

Students rotate on the obstetric service, the gynecology service and the gynecologic oncology service, seeing a broad range of patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition, they attend lectures and interactive case presentations.

  • Clerkship Director – Mistie Mills, M.D.
  • Associate Clerkship Director - Lindsey Beffa, M.D.
  • Clerkship Coordinator – Debbie Hall - (573) 817-3097


Neurology Clerkship

Students see patients with neurological disorders in the outpatient clinics, in hospital settings, and on consultation services.

  • Clerkship Director – Brandi French, M.D.
  • Associate Clerkship Director - Raghav Govindarajan, M.D. 
  • Clerkship Coordinator – Penny McQueen (573) 882-8668


Psychiatry Clerkship

Students see patients with psychiatric disorders in the outpatient clinics, in hospital settings and on consultation services.

  • Clerkship Director – Bruce Horwitz, Ph.D.
  • Associate Clerkship Director - Ravi Shankar, M.D.
  • Associate Clerkship Director - Jessica Nittler, M.D.
  • Clerkship Coordinator – Marjorie McDonald (573 )882-8598


Surgery Clerkship

Emphasis is placed on the diagnosis and treatment of disorders requiring surgical intervention. Each student has a faculty mentor-adviser, attends faculty discussion sessions that cover objectives in the required textbooks and takes call under the supervision of surgical residents. Students are assigned patients from all surgical specialties, participate in preoperative examinations and evaluations, assist during surgical procedures and follow the postoperative management process.

  • Clerkship Director – Stephen Colbert, M.D.
  • Clerkship Coordinator – Megan Crane (573) 882-9811
  • Clerkship Coordinator - Jennifer Doty, RN, (573) 882-8081
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