The Clinical Rotation Catalog contains descriptions of all clinical rotations offered at the University of Missouri - Columbia School of Medicine, as well as information concerning enrollment for rotations. Please read these introductory pages carefully so that you will know the procedures for proper clinical rotation enrollment. We encourage you to bookmark this website for reference throughout the academic year.
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Third and Fourth Year Requirements
The third and fourth years are the Clinical Phase of your medical education. There are seven core clinical clerkships. Most of these will be completed in the third year. Five of the seven core clinical clerkships are eight weeks in duration; Medicine, Surgery, Child Health, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Family and Community Medicine. Psychiatry is six weeks and Neurology is four weeks. The clerkships are open to University of Missouri students only.
The fourth year consists of one clerkship and 30 weeks of required ABS, selectives and electives:
- 8 weeks of advanced selectives in four week blocks (1 surgical, 1 medical). Selectives (sub-internships) are four weeks experiences in which the student has a higher level of responsibility and shared decision-making with the preceptor. The selective is identified by the department as meeting this requirement. See Selectives for a complete listing. There are limits on the number of enrollees. Students must meet the pre-requisites for the selective including completion of the core clerkships and other department specific pre-requisites.
- 4 weeks of Advanced Biomedical Sciences (ABS). See ABS listing for courses or Research options.
- 18 weeks of general electives; these satisfy categorical requirements. An elective is an optional experience offered by a department, with or without pre-requisites. See listing. Some electives require completion of the third year clerkships and others do not. Student must have minimum of four, 4-week electives; may not substitute two, 2-week electives for a 4-week elective.
Several fourth year electives are available at rural sites coordinated by MU AHEC and regional AHEC offices. Courses showed as rural electives in this catalog count as on-site courses, even though they are offered in various rural community settings. Contact James Stevermer, MD, Department of Family Medicine, or Kelly Risby or Ann Wade, MU AHEC Office. List of rural track electives.
Fourth year rotation enrollment
All rotations, whether taken for credit or not must be officially enrolled through the department student coordinator and the Office of Medical Education (MA215) two weeks prior to the first day of the block (four weeks for all tutoring courses). For the majority of the courses, you will add/drop through the online enrollment/registration system (accessible via your student home page). For courses not available online, you will enroll using add/drop forms and offsite agreement forms (when applicable). Add/Drop forms are available from the student coordinators or in the Office of Medical Education and must be approved by your advisor, the student coordinator, and the Office of Medical Education before enrollment is accepted.
Cancellation of Rotations
Each rotation has a very limited number of positions available in each block. In order to allow other students to sign up for rotations, it is essential that you immediately drop a registered rotation (either for credit or a free block). Failure to do so will deny your classmates the opportunity to register for that rotation.
Except under unusual circumstances, a student may not drop any required or elective rotation within a two-week period prior to the first day of the block (or four-week for tutoring).
Throughout the academic year, most students will make many schedule changes. Therefore, if you initially cannot schedule a rotation you wish to take, you should periodically check the online enrollment/registration system for available positions in that course.
Most basic science and clinical departments offer a number of research rotations. Many of these opportunities are described in this publication. You may also contact individual departments to learn of other research projects that might be of interest to you.
Off-Campus Fourth-Year Rotations
A student may request permission to receive credit for an off-site fourth-year clinical rotation by submitting an offsite agreement (available in the M4 Procedures Guide) to the appropriate department. No off-site fourth-year rotation for credit will be allowed without prior approval from:
- The student's advisor, who attests that the program offers a distinctly valuable experience to the student;
- The appropriate UMC course director (through the student coordinator), who must attest to the quality of the program and its advantages to the student; and
- The Associate Dean for Curriculum, who assures that the student is in good academic standing.
Only fourth-year rotations taken at UMC will be used in computation for graduation with honors.
NOTE: The UMC Off-Site Agreement form must be completed two weeks before the start of the rotation. Completion of the off-site school forms does not register you for credit at UMC.
Students may not receive both remuneration and credit for the same clinical rotation, except under the following circumstances:
- A research rotation, either at UMC or elsewhere;
- A clinical rotation elsewhere for which a stipend is given that covers only living and travel expenses; or
- Rotations in the Armed Services.