Medical Education- Clerkships
The Department of Medicine offers 3rd and 4th year clerkships in a community dispersed system across the state of Michigan. Students are located in Flint, Grand Rapids, Lansing, Midland Regional, Southeast Michigan, Traverse City, and the Upper Peninsula Region. As a community-based medical school, the College of Human Medicine is uniquely positioned to provide students with comprehensive training in clinical settings that most closely parallel the environment in which many physicians practice. Each community program is aligned with area hospitals and outpatient facilities that join Michigan State University in creating a rich educational environment for students. All community programs offer electives in both specialty and subspecialty areas. Research opportunities are also available.
Concurrent with the clerkships, all students are required to participate in the Core Competency experience that provides students with structured learning seminars on core interdisciplinary topics important to the care and health management of patients. These topics include the idea of the "virtuous physician," a seminar that explores the ethics and professionalism required of a doctor. Students will also learn to perform critical analysis of medical literature, and develop personal philosophies regarding palliative care, health disparities, therapeutics, and occupational medicine.
Our mission mirrors that of the College of Human Medicine’s (CHM) which is a commitment to educating exemplary physicians and scholars, discovering and disseminating new knowledge. We promote the dignity and inclusion of all people and respond to the needs of the medically underserved in our community dispersed system. We have a national reputation for a history of innovation and excellence in medical student education with a strong presence nationally, particularly within the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine which involves the clerkship directors and clerkship administrators.