Clinical Curriculum

WWAMI Third-and Fourth-Year Curriculum

Education in the clinical curriculum -- the third and fourth years -- utilizes the case study method. Students gain clinical knowledge and gradually increase their clinical problem-solving abilities while working as junior members of a medical care team. Each team is led by a faculty clinician working in one of the medical school-affiliated hospitals or practice units.

The third year primarily consists of the required clinical clerkships. Students request a clerkship track during the second year. The required third year clerkships are in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Surgery. Rehabilitation Medicine and Emergency Medicine clerkships are required and may be taken in the third or fourth year. Two additional clerkships, in Neurology and Surgery selectives, are required in the fourth year. There is some time allocated to electives in the third year, however, most of the clinical electives are taken in the fourth year. Students are permitted considerable latitude in planning their fourth year, and they typically schedule a program that not only permits advanced coursework in areas of specialty interest but also provides a broad general medical education in preparation for assuming patient care responsibility in residency training.

Students who choose to be on the "Alaska Track" can complete nearly all of the
third- and fourth-year clerkships in Alaska!


Third-Year Required ClerkshipsStudent Giving Eye Exam

  • Family Medicine
  • Medicine
  • OB/GYN
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
  • Surgery

Fourth-Year Required Clerkships

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Rehab Medicine/Chronic Care
  • Neurology
  • Surgery Selectives

Elective Clinical Curriculum

  • Anesthesiology
  • Conjoint
  • Emergency Medicine  (none available at this time)
  • Family Medicine
  • Laboratory Medicine
  • Medicine
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiology
  • Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Urology

Read more about the WWAMI third- and fourth-year curriculum.