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 the 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.  See Clinical Sites for details. 

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



Level 2: Clerkship
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Y E A R   3
PsychiatryBridgeFamily MedicineBridgePediatricsVacationObstetrics & GynecologyBridge


Bridge content includes:

  • 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.
  • Offers diverse clinical settings with traditional block clerkships at the UVM Health Network, the CT Clinical Branch Campus, and in Maine. See Clinical Sites for more information.

The Block Clerkship

The Block Clerkship takes place over a 12‐month period and includes practical exposure to several clinical areas: Surgery, Inpatient and Outpatient Internal Medicine, Neurology, Psychiatry, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, and Obstetrics & Gynecology.  Both campus environments blend the best of traditional academic medical centers with community health care. Larner College of Medicine faculty supervise all clerkships.

The Block Clerkship is set up on a traditional rotation with bridge weeks between specialties that include instruction in a variety of specialized topics and skills, which include patient safety, palliative care, global health, complementary & alternative medicine, and pharmacology. This curriculum structure appeals to students who thrive in traditional educational settings, enjoy direct instruction, value the opportunity to focus on one specialty at a time, and are interested in working with a large number of different patients. You may do your Block Clerkship in one of two clinical sites in Vermont or Connecticut:

Larner College of Medicine, Vermont Campus

The University of Vermont Medical Center—UVM’s primary teaching clinical partner located next to the Larner College of Medicine campus—is a regional resource and referral center for Vermont and northeastern New York that logs more than one million patient visits each year. The medical center is comprised of a tertiary‐level referral medical center hospital, a large multi‐specialty outpatient clinic, and 22 satellite facilities including primary care locations.

The University of Vermont Health Network member hospitals are located throughout Vermont and upstate New York: Alice Hyde Medical Center, Central Vermont Medical Center, Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital, Elizabethtown Community Hospital, and Porter Medical Center.

Larner College of Medicine, Connecticut Campus

Danbury Hospital is a 371‐bed regional medical center and university teaching hospital located in Danbury, CT. Danbury provides centers of excellence in cardiovascular services, cancer, weight loss surgery, orthopedic and spine care, digestive disorders and radiology.

Norwalk Hospital is a 328‐bed, not‐for‐profit, acute care community teaching hospital that serves a population of 250,000 in lower Fairfield County, Connecticut. The hospital has a wide range of clinical programs anchored by six signature services: cancer, cardiovascular, digestive diseases, emergency care, orthopedics/neurospine, and women’s and children’s services. The Connecticut campus also hosts our Global Health Program for an elective Advanced Integration experience in one of our five locations: Dominican Republic, Russia, Uganda, Vietnam or Zimbabwe.


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