Clinical Experiences

Clinical ExperiencesFrom first year to fourth, our medical students receive hands-on clinical training to acquire the skills necessary to become practice-ready physicians. These skills are introduced during the student’s first venture into the medical school curriculum and then taught and evaluated during all four years of their medical school experience.

Clerkship Rotations

The Clerkship Year is designed to build on competencies acquired in Foundations to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for clinical care and decision-making in a variety of medical settings. The year is composed of 8 clerkships which are departmentally-based and provide clinical experiences supported by structured educational programs, and a four week longitudinal Bridge Clerkship. Upon completion of this level, students complete a summative clinical skills exam. This is a total of 49 weeks of required clerkships, and 3 weeks of vacation. Starting in 2017-18, students can apply for a year-long Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship.

ClerkshipWeeks of Instruction
Family Medicine6
Inpatient Medicine6
Outpatient Medicine3.5

Advanced Integration Rotations: Go Where You Wanna Go

Beginning in March of the third year, UVM students begin Advanced Integration, which allows students to shape their own professional development. Students design their own rotations in specialties and geographical areas they want to explore further---from urban hospitals to international locales. And because these rotations begin in April and May of the third year, UVM students have a broader array of clinical rotations across the country from which to choose than their counterparts in more traditional curriculums.

Global Health Rotations

Many students are interested in global health, and can take advantage of opportunities throughout the curriculum.  Visit the Global Health Program to learn more. 


UVM students gain clinical experience at a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings and locations during Clerkship and Advanced Integration levels.

Clinical Affiliate Sites

Global Health Program