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Your third and fourth years at Rowan-Virtua SOM

Your Clerkship is focused on clinical education and continues to evolve with our new curriculum. The core principles of medical practice are taught using a combination of classroom, ambulatory and hospital settings. This is your time to enhance the techniques you have learned in the classroom, experiencing hands-on patient care, developing clinical technical skills, and serving as a member of a medical team. Highlights include:
  • Longitudinal Community Service Learning and Community Projects
  • Geriatrics Clerkship at nationally-ranked NJISA
  • Neuromuscular Medicine/Pain Management Clerkship
  • Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Clerkship
  • Residency Clinical Skills Clerkship (residency procedural “bootcamp”)
  • Four-week Intensive Care Unit selective – ICU/NICU/PICU/SICU
  • Clerkship Clinical Skills


Both Pre-Clerkship and Clerkship years include BRIDGE weeks. These weeks occur a total of four times over the course of your medical school education: twice in the first year, once in the second year, and once in the third year. These weeks are designed to give formative feedback on knowledge skills and attitudes, accumulated by set points based on benchmarks determined by faculty and the assessment department.

BRIDGE week assessment activities include combinations of several core elements:
  • Building skills: Osteopathic Integrated Exam Review (OIER) and formative Standardized Patient/OSCEs with feedback
  • Reflecting: Self-reflection, Peer-to-Peer Evaluation
  • Integrating: Integrated Foundational Science Individual and Group Assessments
  • Developing: Formative Biomedical COMAT Exams
  • Goal setting: Academic review with Coaching
  • Evaluating: Summative Biomedical COMAT Exams, Summative Standardized Patient/OSCEs

Core Clerkships (AY2023/24)

Year III

Beginning AY 2023/24, your core clerkship year will be a combination of coursework and clinical rotations in departments, including:

  • Community Service Learning & Leadership
  • Family Medicine
  • Geriatrics
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neuromuscular Medicine and Pain Management
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • IM Selective *
  • Surgery/Anesthesia

* IM Selective will replace Cardiology

Year IV

There are three (3) required rotations:

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Subspecialty

Additional requirements in fourth year:

  • Electives [total of twenty (20) weeks]
  • Flex Time [total of ten (10) weeks] **
** Allows students greater flexibility in scheduling residency interviews, while also accommodating off-cycle electives at other institutions. It can also be used to do additional elective rotations if desired by the student.



Sample Schedule: Year Three

schedule for year 3 of clerkship, download available


Download OMS-III sample schedule

Sample Schedule: Year Four

sample schedule for year 4 of clerkship, download available, schedule subject to change

Download OMS-IV sample schedule

Health System Partnerships

Rowan-Virtua SOM is affiliated with a variety of health systems across New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland where you will serve your rotations. Explore the map below to learn more about our health partnerships.