Third-Year Clerkship and Fourth Year Acting Intern Program

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Third Year Clerkship
Cortney Lee, MD

Cortney Lee, MD

The Third-Year Surgery Clerkship is a seven-week course that presents medical and surgical approaches to adult and pediatric diseases. Its overall objective is to train a “generalist” physician in the surgical management of disease. Students rotate on a general surgery service and a surgical specialty service. Clerkship activities include workshops on various surgical topics. The surgery core curriculum forms the framework for the clerkship’s activities.

Topic Areas

  • Abdomen
  • GI-Hepatobiliary System
  • Oncology (Breast and Colon Cancers)
  • Trauma and Shock
  • Vascular System
  • Urology
  • Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, Throat)
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Transplantation
  • Surgical Pre-Operative Assessment
  • Post-Operative Complications

Faculty members provide feedback to medical students at the end of each surgical rotation during the clerkship.

Morehead Clerkship Rotation

Selected students spend their third year clerkship in Morehead, Kentucky at the St. Claire Regional Medical Center. The Surgery Clerkship at St. Claire is an eight week program in which students are assigned to General Surgery and a surgical specialty of their choice. Specialties offered at St. Claire are urology, orthopaedics, and anesthesiology. Vascular Surgery is included on the General Surgery rotation.

Students wishing to complete two weeks on a specialty not offered by St. Claire will be allowed to return to Chandler Medical Center, but expenses such as travel and living arrangements will not be funded.


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Emily Marcinkowski, MD

Emily Marcinkowski, MD

Goals Of The Fourth Year Program 
The Fourth-year curriculum is designed to provide opportunities for students to:

  • Broaden their perspective of medical practice through experiences in a variety of clinical settings.
  • Explore special interests and build on demonstrated strengths.
  • Expand their appreciation and understanding of the scientific bases of clinical medicine.
  • Eliminate any deficiencies or weaknesses in their general professional preparation.
  • Achieve a smooth continuity between medical school and post‑graduate learning.

With these goals in mind, fourth-year courses are to be selected by students in close collaboration with appropriate faculty advisors. Each student's program should be individually tailored to demonstrate abilities, possible deficiencies, interests and goals.

In designing their fourth-year programs, students should carefully review all options with their designated faculty advisor (a faculty member from the department of the student’s intended specialty, or faculty member who has been a mentor to the student).