Clinical Education
PCOM Georgia Clinical Clerkship Program

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.

What are the clinical clerkship program objectives?

During PCOM Georgia's clinical clerkship program, 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.

Where will I complete my clinical clerkships?

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.

Is housing provided during clerkships?

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
Email: lisadad@pcom.edu

How will my clinical clerkships be assigned?

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.

Who should I contact if I have questions about the clinical clerkship program?

Marla D. Golden, DO, FACEP
Director of Clerkship Academics, PCOM Georgia and PCOM South Georgia
Chair of Clinical Education, PCOM South Georgia
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine
Phone: 229-668-3106
Email: marlago@pcom.edu