Clinical Education

C.C.C. student with patient

Years three and four represent the logical extension of clinical and basic science courses of the first two years into the clinical environment. The curriculum includes a 24-week longitudinal integrate clerkship in primary care, which the College of Medicine calls the Comprehensive Clinical Clerkship (CCC). Focused in a rural or urban underserved area of Michigan, students are provided a comprehensive experience in the context of community.

Longitudinal care of patients is a focus, with a goal for students to understand the challenges patients face with access to care. Predicted in our mission, this unique experience will equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to address the public health challenges faces in Michigan.

The remainder of Years three and four are spent in completing a series of 7 required inpatient rotations in hospital medicine, surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry and obstetrics/gynecology. Year three students are offered a 4-week elective.

Year 3 begins the transition into the clinical learning environment. Students engage in five 4-week inpatient experiences in Hospital Medicine, surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry and obstetrics/gynecology. 

Year 4 of the curriculum offers required 4-week rotations in emergency medicine, a sub-internship in either medicine or surgery) and 24-28 weeks of elective rotations. 

C.C.C. student with patient

At the College of Medicine, we place great emphasis on experiential learning. Over the course of the 3rd and 4th years, students will have the opportunity to train using the latest medical simulation technologies at two highly-advanced CMU simulation facilities. Students at our branch campuses have additional access to simulation centers at these institutions.

CMU participates in the AAMC Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) network, allowing our students to complete up to 12 weeks of "away" elective clerkships at sites across the United States. Students may also pursue international learning opportunities through CMU’s Office of Study Abroad.

C.C.C. student at Nimkee CenterThe Comprehensive Community Clerkship (CCC) is a unique longitudinal integrated clerkship that occurs in the third year of the medical school curriculum. The goal of the CCC is to immerse students in a primary care experience to learn the values of comprehensive patient-centered medical care in the context of a community. 

The medical students are placed in primary care practices for a 6 month (22 week) clinical immersion experience in a rural or urban community, working 2 ½ days per week with primary care provider (a family or internal medicine physician) where they will share in the provision of care of both acute and chronic conditions over the course of the clerkship. Students also have longitudinal exposure to community health resources and other medical and surgical specialty experiences, including pediatrics, obstetrics, and emergency medicine. 

Students follow patients that they have seen in the primary physician’s practice as they are referred to other specialists for further care. Students learn the course of a patient’s illness and appreciate the context in which the patient lives with his or her illness. Students learn about population health, doing a quality improvement project in the primary physician’s practice. 

Videoconference technology connects the students weekly for small group sessions. Students live in and experience the communities to which they are assigned across Michigan and Northern Ohio. These partnerships with hospitals and clinics are vital to CMU College of Medicine’s mission to educate physicians to provide medical care for rural and underserved populations.

CCC Weekly Schedule Example

Required Clerkship Rotations & Electives 

Covenant HealthCare, Ascension St. Mary's Hospital in Saginaw, St. John Providence Health System in Detroit and Mid Michigan Health in Midland are the primary locations for hospital-based clerkships. In addition, affiliate sites at McLaren Lapeer, St. Joseph Mercy Livonia, and Memorial Healthcare in Owosso offer inpatient clerkship opportunities.

Year 3 required clerkships include: 

  • General Surgery (4 weeks) 
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology (4 weeks) 
  • Psychiatry (4 weeks) 
  • Hospital Medicine (4 weeks) 
  • Pediatrics (4 weeks)

Year 4 required clerkships include:

  • Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)
  • Medicine Sub-Internship (4 weeks) OR Surgery Sub-Internship (four weeks)

Students will also be required to at least 28 weeks of elective clerkships. These can be completed at any of our clinical sites. In addition, up to 12 weeks of "away" electives can count toward graduation requirements.

The College of Medicine curriculum is focused on educating and training medical students to follow generalist specialty choices aligned to our mission. It also is designed to reinforce skills in self-study, self-reflection, team-based medical practice and lifelong learning so essential to successful medical practice in the future.

Clerkship Directors and Coordinators

Wendy BiggsWendy Biggs, MD
Clerkship Director

Phone: 989-746-7599

Email: wendy.biggs@cmich.edu

Sharon CoenisSharon Coenis
Clerkship Coordinator

Phone: 989-746-7553

Email: sharon.coenis@cmich.edu

Caren O'HaraCaren O'Hara
Program Assistant, Medical Student Placements

Phone: 989-746-7507
Email: caren.ohara@cmich.edu

Elizabeth PaulusElizabeth Paulus, MD
Clerkship Director

Phone: 989-746-7820

Email: elizabeth.paulus@cmich.edu

Katy GreeneKaty Greene
Clerkship Coordinator

Phone: 989-746-7627
Email: katy.greene@cmich.edu

Brian TeslerBrian Tesler, MD
Clerkship Director

Phone: 989-746-7677
Email: brian.tesler@cmich.edu

Elena OateyElena Oatey, DO
Clerkship Director

Phone: 989-746-7907
Email: elena.oatey@cmich.edu

Sheila AllenSheila Allen
Clerkship Coordinator

Phone: 989-746-7554
Email: sheila.allen@cmich.edu

Kai AndersonKai Anderson, MD
Clerkship Director

Phone: 989-746-7546
Email: Kai.Anderson@cmich.edu

Cheryl Scott-BrownCheryl Scott-Brown
Clerkship Coordinator

Phone: 989-746-7584
Email: cheryl.scottbrown@cmich.edu

Asim KichlooAsim Kichloo, MD
Clerkship Director

Phone: 989-746-7500
Email: kichl1a@cmich.edu

Tracy PetroTracy Petro
Clerkship Coordinator

Phone: 989-746-7552
Email: tracy.petro@cmich.edu

Derek SchallerDerek Schaller, MD
Clerkship Director

Phone: 989-746-7520
Email: d.schaller@cmich.edu

Sheila AllenSheila Allen
Clerkship Coordinator

Phone: 989-746-754
Email: sheila.allen@cmich.edu

WhitecoatPramod Kalagara
Clerkship Director

Phone: 989-746-7552
Email: pramod.kalagara@cmich.edu

Tracy PetroTracy Petro
Clerkship Coordinator

Phone: 989-746-7552
Email: tracy.petro@cmich.edu

Omar MararOmar Marar, MD
Clerkship Director

Phone: 989-746-7810
Email: omar.marar@cmich.edu

Faiz TumaFaiz Tuma, MD
Clerkship Director

Phone: 989-746-75515
Email: faiz.tuma@cmich.edu

Katy GreeneKaty Greene
Clerkship Coordinator

Phone: 989-746-7627
Email: katy.greene@cmich.edu

Lourdes Morales-DopicoLourdes Morales-Dopico, MD
Clerkship Director

Phone: 989-746-7951
Email: moral1l@cmich.edu

Cheryl Scott-BrownCheryl Scott-Brown
Clerkship Coordinator

Phone: 989-746-7584
Email: cheryl.scottbrown@cmich.edu

Ascension St. John – Detroit

Jessica Trombly
Student Coordinator
Email: jessica.trombly@ascension.org

MidMichigan Medical Center – Midland

Sarah Churm
Clerkship Assistant
Phone: 989-794-5150
Email: sarah.churm@midmichigan.org

Spectrum Health Lakeland – St. Joseph

Kara DeFrancesco
Coordinator
Phone: 269-985-4517
Email: defra1k@cmich.edu