Child Health

During this clerkship, students have the opportunity to learn about common illnesses and abnormalities in children. Emphasis 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, MD
  • Columbia Associate Clerkship Director: Aaron Waggie, DO
  • Columbia Clerkship Coordinator: Ruth Sypes, 573-882-8350
  • Springfield Associate Clerkship Directors: Minh-Thu N. Le, MD, and Diane Lipscomb, MD
  • Springfield Clerkship Coordinator: Jennifer Plimmer, MA, 417-720-7161

Family and Community Medicine

In this clerkship, core learning experiences take place in ambulatory clinic settings. Students work with experienced clinicians and senior residents, spending time in both university teaching practices and community-based practices. Students also may see patients in emergency room, hospital and nursing home settings. Students will encounter a high volume of patients of all ages with a wide range of problems as well as undifferentiated problems.

  • Clerkship Directors: Amanda Allmon, MD, and Sarah Swofford, MD
  • Columbia Associate Clerkship Director: Peter Koopman, MD
  • Columbia Clerkship Coordinator: Luciana Holmes, 573-882-0974
  • Springfield Associate Clerkship Directors: Mark Ellis, MD, and Angie Whitesell, MD
  • Springfield Clerkship Coordinator: Eden Allison, 417-818-6768

Medicine

During this clerkship, students work with medicine inpatient services, where they learn to care for adult patients with acute and chronic illnesses. Emphasis is placed on 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, MD
  • Associate Clerkship Director: Julia Halsey, MD
  • Columbia Clerkship Coordinator: Bryan Corum, 573-884-1569
  • Springfield Associate Clerkship Directors: Jamie Whitt, DO, and Arijit Chowdhury, MD
  • Springfield Clerkship Coordinator: Bonnie Clair, RN, MSN, 417-720-7151

Neurology

During this clerkship, students see patients with common neurological disorders and neurological emergencies in the outpatient and inpatient settings.

  • Clerkship Director: Komal Ashraf, DO
  • Associate Clerkship Director: Asma Malik, MD
  • Columbia Clerkship Coordinator: Meredith Aguado, 573-882-5092
  • Springfield Associate Clerkship Directors: Pavan Tummala, MD
  • Springfield Clerkship Coordinator: Jennifer Plimmer, MA 417-720-7161

Obstetrics/Gynecology

In this clerkship, students rotate on the obstetric service, the gynecology service and the gynecologic oncology service, where they will see a broad range of patients in both inpatient and outpatient settings. They also attend lectures and interactive case presentations.

  • Clerkship Director: Mistie Mills, MD
  • Associate Clerkship Director: Lisa Brennaman, MD
  • Columbia Clerkship Coordinator: Alyssa Taylor, 573-817-3097
  • Springfield Associate Clerkship Directors: Tama Franklin, MD, and Marcia Hernandez, DO
  • Springfield Clerkship Coordinator: Jennifer Plimmer, MA, 417-720-7161

Psychiatry

During this clerkship, students see patients with psychiatric disorders in outpatient clinics and hospitals as well as on consultation services.

  • Clerkship Director: Rasha ElKady, MD
  • Associate Clerkship Director: Bruce Horwitz, PhD
  • Columbia Clerkship Coordinator: Karla Simmons, 573-882-8907
  • Springfield Associate Clerkship Directors: Brittany Allen, PhD, and Nagib Chowdhury, MD
  • Springfield Clerkship Coordinator: Bonnie Clair, RN, MSN, 417-720-7151

Surgery

In this clerkship, emphasis is placed on the diagnosis and treatment of patients with surgical concerns and problems. Students spend brief periods of time on surgical specialty services and a longer period of time on a more general surgery service. Each student attends faculty discussion sessions that cover objectives in the required textbooks and takes call under the supervision of surgical residents. Students participate in preoperative examinations and evaluations, assist during surgical procedures, and follow the postoperative management process. Students are encouraged to be engaged and prepared.

  • Clerkship Director: Stephen Colbert, MD
  • Clerkship Associate Director: Christopher Nelson, MD
  • Columbia Clerkship Coordinators: Chuck McBee, 573-882-8081
  • Springfield Associate Clerkship Directors: Brian Biggers, MD, and Spencer Kirk, MD
  • Springfield Clerkship Coordinator: Bonnie Clair, RN, MSN, 417-720-7151