Students enter the clinical phases of their medical education the Spring quarter of their second year of medical school.  The clinical phase is broken up into two phases:

  1. Patient Care Phase where students achieve specific competencies in six core clinical disciplines- Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Surgery- and will also have six weeks off or time to schedule a clinical elective.
  2. Explore & Focus Phase– a 15-month phase of the curriculum designed to allow students to explore potential specialty careers, through a combination of required and elective clinical clerkships. Students will participate in required Advanced Patient Care clerkships, required Neurology/Neurosurgery and Emergency Medicine, and clinical elective opportunities, and will finish the Explore & Focus phase with a Transition to Residency experience.

Students participate in these clinical experiences in a variety of locations, in both urban and rural settings throughout the WWAMI region.

Additionally, in the clinical phases students complete a series of Integrative learning weeks.

Interested in learning more about the transition into the Clinical Phases? 

  • Transition to Clerkships WEBINAR and PRESENTATION SLIDES (This webinar has helpful information about what you expect when you enter your Patient Care Phase, and the various program options for your rotations, including information about Special Programs from students who have participated!!)
  • Follow-up Transition to Clerkships Student Q&A SESSION and FAQ SHEET (from Spring 2020)

Clinical Curriculum Phase Resources

Looking for information about travel and housing for your required WWAMI clerkship? Please go here:

Questions?  Contact for assistance.

Information about Research and Independent Study in the clinical phases.

E*Value is an online tool the UW School of Medicine uses for scheduling, viewing availability, and submitting evaluations for clinical clerkships . It IS NOT a course catalog and may not represent all available clerkships available for scheduling (for example, there are elective clerkships offered by the School of Medicine that may not appear in EValue until you are registered).