Building on the skills and knowledge developed during the preclerkship blocks, the clerkship phase contains seven core clinical clerkships that offer students a range of experiences and opportunities to learn the fundamentals of good patient care. Clerkships must be supervised by Columbia-based School of Medicine faculty, Springfield-based faculty or community faculty appointed through the School of Medicine, who will assess student competencies.

The MU School of Medicine is committed to exposing medical students to rural culture and health disparities through service learning and aims to increase the number of physicians who choose to practice in rural Missouri. Through the MU Rural Track Clerkship Program, third-year medical students may take up to four core clerkships at designated community-based educational centers throughout the state.

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: Karla Simmons, 573-882-8907
  • 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: Kody Guest, 573-882-0974
  • Springfield Associate Clerkship Directors: Mark Ellis, MD, and Angie Whitesell, MD
  • Springfield Clerkship Coordinator: Jennifer Plimmer, MA, 417-720-7161


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: Rachel Littrell, MD
  • Associate Clerkship Director: Julia Halsey, MD
  • Columbia Clerkship Coordinator: Diana Huntsucker, 573-884-1569
  • Springfield Associate Clerkship Directors: Magnus Meyer, DO, and Arijit Chowdhury, MD
  • Springfield Clerkship Coordinator: Jessica Teal, 417-720-7135


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

  • Clerkship Director: Komal Ashraf, DO
  • Columbia Clerkship Coordinator: Clare Lammert, 573-882-2260 
  • Springfield Associate Clerkship Directors: Jennifer Lynch, MD, and Ahmed Koriesh, MD
  • Springfield Clerkship Coordinator: Bonnie Clair, RN, MSN, 417-720-7151


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
  • Columbia Clerkship Coordinator: Debbie Hall, 573-817-3097
  • Springfield Associate Clerkship Directors: Tama Franklin, MD, and Marcia Hernandez, DO
  • Springfield Clerkship Coordinator: Jennifer Plimmer, MA, 417-720-7161


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

  • Clerkship Director: Ravi Shankar, MD
  • Associate Clerkship Director: Bruce Horwitz, PhD
  • Columbia Clerkship Coordinator: Marjorie McDonald, 573-882-8598
  • Springfield Associate Clerkship Directors: Brittany Allen, PhD, and Nagib Chowdhury, MD
  • Springfield Clerkship Coordinator: Bonnie Clair, RN, MSN, 417-720-7151


In this 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, MD
  • Columbia Clerkship Coordinators: Megan Crane, 573-882-9811, and Jennifer Doty, RN, 573-882-8081
  • Springfield Associate Clerkship Directors: Brian Biggers, MD, and Spencer Kirk, MD
  • Springfield Clerkship Coordinator: Bonnie Clair, RN, MSN, 417-720-7151