The Department of Clinical Education is responsible for the third and fourth year clinical training of the largest medical school classes in Nevada. Each student receives personal attention in developing and maintaining a schedule of clinical clerkship experiences, which allows for both attention to meeting curricular requirements and affording the opportunity for exploration of areas of individual interest.
The department maintains centralized oversight of scheduling and evaluations to ensure that every student has access to clerkships at any of our partner sites.
The goal of the department is that each student experiences the breadth of medical practice in both scope of discipline and setting. Not only do students undertake clerkships in a variety of medical specialties and subspecialties, but also in a variety of sites ranging from traditional teaching hospital inpatient teams to private medical practices; and from solo practitioners’ offices to large multi-specialty groups.
The intent is that students be exposed to a full spectrum of the practice of medicine in order to be best positioned to make informed decisions about the area of practice they will enter, and the type of practice they will pursue.
This diverse training also affords students the chance to see all the members of the health care team, including physicians, nurses, therapists, technicians, support staff, and more, working together for the benefit of patients.
Ultimately, we want our graduates to be both prepared and positioned to enter any field of medicine they choose, from primary care to subspecialties, in any setting, from academics to private practice.