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Clinical Rotations

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As a student, you'll have the opportunity to work with the hundreds of clinical affiliations D'Youville has with hospitals, physician groups, and HMOs.

The clinical rotation experience entails long hours of work and study for students, but it provides a safe, supervised clinical environment in which to hone individual clinical skills and help determine the area of medicine to pursue after graduation. Professional contacts made during the clinical year are an invaluable source for potential employment opportunities and job references.

D'Youville is proud to be able to offer an extremely wide range of clinical rotation opportunities to our students, some of which are above and beyond what other programs offer including a separate  four-week orthopedic clinical rotation. D'Youville has hundreds of clinical affiliations with hospitals, physician groups, and HMOs allowing us to provide our students with an extremely diverse set of clinical settings to explore.

Structure

During your 18-month clinical phase you’ll rotate through a series of 12 clinicals in the following areas:

  • Internal Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Family Medicine (4 weeks)
  • General Surgery (4 weeks)
  • General Pediatrics (6 weeks)
  • Ob/Gyn (4 weeks)
  • Psychiatry (4 weeks)
  • Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Geriatrics (2 weeks)
  • Orthopedics (4 weeks)
  • Two (2) Electives (4 weeks ea.)
  • Primary Care Core (8 weeks)

Locations

During your clinical phase, you'll have a broad selection of locations available to you in Western New York. While some locations will require somewhat extensive day travel, your ability to have a quality experience during this period is our top priority.

Community Education Project

During your clinical phase, you will have the opportunity to work with your preceptor to design and implement an IRB-approved community education project at a clinical site during your Primary Care Core rotation. You will research topics important to the lives of the patients you'll serve at the primary care site, develop patient education materials related to the promotion of good health and disease prevention, and present the results of your project at the end of your clinical phase.

Many of our students find that this experience, one in which you will find yourself using your creativity, knowledge, and skills to make a difference in the lives of your patients, to be the highlight of their clinical phase and an important springboard for understanding the role of physician assistants in promoting and supporting public health.