Clinical Education

The clinical clerkship program provides third- and fourth-year Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO) students with the opportunity to examine, evaluate and provide care for patients. The development of these clinical skills helps students prepare for national board examinations and, ultimately, the practice of medicine.

Clinical education reinforces and expands the basic training acquired by students during the first two years of medical school. Through clinical exposure, assessments and other evaluative tools, clinical education provides students with the professional and clinical skills needed for post-graduate residencies and the practice of medicine.

The 23 clerkships include 12 core education clerkships assigned by the Curriculum Committee and the Dean. The remaining elective/selective periods allow each student ample opportunity to pursue his or her special interests.

Program Objectives

Clinical Education

During clinical clerkships, students will:


Develop clinical skills including physical examination, test interpretation and case presentation


Understand and diagnose a variety of illnesses and conditions


Learn to document observations, histories and orders.


Participate in patient rounds


Perform basic procedures under supervision


Demonstrate effective communication skills at all levels of patient care


Training sites include hospitals as well as regional and community medical centers. Additionally, clerkships are offered at sites ranging from private practices to urban and rural health centers.


Housing is provided for many, but not all, of the clerkships designated as "away." However, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure housing arrangements are in place for all clerkships. For more information, contact:

Lisa D'Addieco
Director of Housing
Phone: 678-225-7502


The PCOM Office of Clinical Education, along with faculty and hospital administrators, will determine the clerkships provided at each site and the number of students assigned. Flexibility regarding assigned clerkships is limited. Students should consult their clerkship manual for change submission deadlines and other requirements.


For additional details about the clinical clerkship program, contact:

Murray R. Berkowitz, DO, MA, MS, MPH, FAOCOPM
Associate Dean for Clerkships and
Core Site Development
Phone: 678-225-7482