Vermont Integrated Curriculum

Level 2 - Clinical Clerkships

Level 2 consists of core clerkships emphasizing the basic principles of clinical medicine, including primary and preventive care while building clinical skills for students through daily care of patients within different medical specialties in both ambulatory and hospital environments.

All students complete their first 18 months of the “Foundations” curriculum at the Larner main campus in Burlington. The Clerkship Year is designed to build on competencies acquired in Foundations to develop knowledge, skills and attitudes needed for clinical care and decision-making in a variety of medical settings. 

There are several options: 

  • Traditional clerkship: The year is composed of seven clerkships which are departmental-based and provide clinical experiences supported b structured educational programs, and a four-week longitudinal Bridge Clerkship. Locations vary amongst Clinical Affiliate sites. Our Clinical Branch Campus offers a two-year program that expands beyond the Core Clerkships to base Advanced Integration at the Western Connecticut Health Network’s Danbury and Norwalk locations. 
  • Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship – Students are embedded in primary care clinics for a 12-month commitment at Hudson Headwaters Health Network in upstate New York. 

All clerkships are completed under the supervision of the Larner College of Medicine faculty at an approved clinical site. Upon completion of this level, students complete a summative clinical skills exam. 

Level 2: Clinical Clerkship
Y E A R   3
SurgeryInpatient Internal MedicineBridgeNeurology/Outpatient Internal MedicineVacation
Or Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship: Integration of all clinical specialties
Level 2: Clerkship
AugSeptOctNovDecJan Feb
Y E A R   3
PsychiatryBridgeFamily MedicineBridgePediatricsVacationObstetrics & GynecologyBridge
Or Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship: Integration of all clinical specialties


Bridges include content such as:

  • Patient Safety
  • Evidence-based Medicine
  • Simulation
  • Palliative Care
  • Global Health
  • Complementary & Alternative Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Nutrition
  • Genetics
  • Professionalism
  • Communication & Reflection II
  • Health Care Finance

Highlights of Level 2 - Clinical Clerkships

  • Leadership Development - Bridge Clerkship - support professional growth and extend the learning of Foundations competencies into clinical applications and decision- making.
  • Diverse Clinical Settings - From The University of Vermont Medical Center, in Burlington, VT; to Danbury Medical Center, in Danbury, CT; to Norwalk Hospital in Norwalk, CT; and St. Mary's Hospital, in West Palm Beach, FL. See Clinical Affiliates for more information.