Year 3 Structure

Office of Medical Education

Year 3 structure

Year 3 marks the transition to the clinical component of the medical education program. The Year 3 curricular structure begins with 4 weeks of preparation for clerkships and instruction in patient care, safety, and policy. Following, students are immersed in clerkship experiences and clinical reasoning practice. Students work full-time at a designated site during each four- to twelve-week rotation period and are assigned on-call duty on scheduled nights and weekends.

Clerkship experiences occur in Reno and the surrounding areas.

Context of Patient Care - MED 641 - 4 weeks

Students are immersed in the context of patient care including life stages, community and preventive medicine, procedures for reporting violence, health policy, and patient safety. This course also prepares students for the Clerkship experiences.

Amy McFarland, MPH
David Fiore M.D.
Stephanie D. Wright M.D.

Clinical Reasoning in Medicine - MED 651O - 36 weeks

Clinical Reasoning in Medicine is a longitudinal course designed to refine students' diagnostic reasoning, medical decision making and communication skills. Students are assessed with observed structured clinical exams (OSCE) that are patterned after the USMLE Step 2 CS exam.

Required Clerkships: (48 Weeks Total)