Prepare for Clinical RotationsGain hands-on clinical experience and learn what it takes to take care of your patients
and to create your professional identity as a physician.
ACGME & AOA Accredited Clinical Sites
All our partner clinical rotation sites are teaching hospitals where residencies are available in their respective disciplines of medicine.
Hospital-Based Clinical Experience
Gain clinical experience while working closely with resident and attending physicians in your specialty of choice at recognized teaching hospitals in the tri-state area.
Strong Letter of Recommendations
Your clinical rotations will enable you to impress your respective attendings and in turn enable you to receive strong letters of recommendation.
Availability of Clerkships Across All Specialties
Our partner hospitals across the tri-state area ensure that our students and visiting physicians gain exposure in various specialties of their choice.
About the Program
Clinical rotations come with their own set of challenges. NYCSPREP helps you handle these challenges by:
- Guiding you to make a seamless switch from the structured academic setting of a medical school to the demanding real-life medical situations of hospitals.
- Training you to take better care of yourself so that you are able to give your 100% during stressful situations.
- Training you to know your patients better.
- Helping you develop the right attitude so that you learn to proactively handle the medical situations and be at the top of any task you are assigned.
- Honing your communication skills so that you can communicate effectively and efficiently.
- Developing your interpersonal skills.
The Core Competencies for Strong LoRs & Individual Performance Reports
Provide patient care that is:
- Effective for the treatment of health problems
- Effective for the promotion of health
Demonstrates knowledge about:
- Established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate sciences
- Application of this knowledge to patient care
Practice-based Learning And Improvement
- Investigates and evaluates patient care practices
- Appraises and assimilates scientific evidence
- Improves their patient care practices
Interpersonal And Communication Skills
Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that results in effective information exchange and teaming with:
- Patients’ families
- Professional associates
Demonstrates a commitment in:
- Carrying out professional responsibilities,
- Adherence to ethical principles, and
- Sensitivity to a diverse patient population.
- Demonstrates an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care
- Ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value
What Our Students Say
It was a great learning experience for me where I was able to do rounds, present patients, and also actively participate in a hands-on experience that helped me hone my clinical skills.
– Tito Joaquin, UNIBE
What are clinical rotations and why are they important?
Clinical rotations are an opportunity for the medical students to put their theoretical knowledge into practice in real life medical situations. They comprise the last two years of your medical school education. During clinical rotations, you follow residents and physicians at teaching hospitals, have access to patients and gain hands-on experience. Along with the residents, you get to handle complex medical situations. Rotations typically come towards the end of your medical studies as they help you gain the experience needed to become a physician. Hence they are an important tool to help you make a seamless transition from your medical school to residency.
Clinical rotations are similar to informal interviews and are important for obtaining a residency position. The hospital administrators and the physicians you work with during these rotations are the people who are likely to write your recommendation letters. These people can offer valuable guidance regarding your professional life and you can even get a heads up about career opportunities.
More importantly, clinical rotations help you figure out what residencies are most suitable for you. You follow physicians through a variety of disciplines and hence are better able to make a decision regarding the specialty you want to pursue.
What are the important tips to prepare yourself for clinical rotations?
The important tips are as follows:
- Familiarizing yourself with the environment and surroundings is important
- Be proactive and always stay on top of the tasks that you are assigned
- Don’t shy away from asking questions when in doubt
- Don’t underestimate or overestimate your abilities
- Adopt the attitude that ‘no task is too small’
- Tap into your theoretical knowledge
- Ask for feedback
- Make the most of this opportunity in your professional training
What do medical students learn in clinical rotations?
Some of the key things students learn in clinical rotations are as follows:
- Translating preclinical knowledge into practical patient management
- Learning how subtle lab findings, physical exam findings, patient history, and your ‘gut’ feeling can help prevent a decline in a patient’s condition that may initially appear ‘well’.
- Medical students on rotations have to work and interact with nurses, physicians, other caregivers, and patients. This helps them develop the critical skill of teamwork.
- Recognizing and treating diseases and disorders
- Effective and efficient communication for staying on top of what needs to be done for patients, orally presenting summaries or results of a treatment so that the supervisors know that the student is not just reporting but interpreting as well.
- Learning about yourself as you will realize that the clinical rotations require new levels of endurance, commitment, resilience, focus, and strength to absorb everything.
What is the difference between clinical rotations and medical?
Even though the terms clinical rotation and medical rotation are used interchangeably, clinical rotations offer more experience as compared to the medical rotations. Clinical rotations are mostly associated with learning about the actual details and diseases of patients in a real environment and are typically a part of the medical school and internship program that are mandatory in order to get a PMQ. Medical rotations, on the other hand, are largely associated with the theoretical part of medicine.
Is it better to take Step 1 before clinical rotations or after?
Most of the medical schools in the US will not allow you to start your clinical rotations before clearing Step 1.
How are clinical rotation groups assigned?
The rotation class is broken down during the second year into 13 equal groups. Each group then chooses a group sequence (one through 13) that has been assigned a schedule of its upcoming 3rd and 4th year rotations.
How do you choose where you do your rotations?
All the students (OMS1 and OMS3) are given a master list of year-long sites once a year, from which they can choose core and elective rotations for their upcoming third and fourth year, respectively. The number of choices listed exceeds the number of students in a rotation group.
Where are the clinical affiliation/internship sites located?
NYCSPREP has partnered with hospitals across the tri-state area to endure that its students and visiting physicians gain valuable exposure in varied specialties of their choice. Core rotations, elective rotations as well as sub-internships are available.
When do rotations start?
Generally, our students start their rotations on the first Monday of the month.
I have submitted my application. When can I begin rotations?
Before you begin your rotations, you must complete and submit all the necessary paperwork and documentation. Here’s a list of the necessary documentation:
- Copy of your CV or resume
- Malpractice Insurance
- 10 panel urine analysis
- PPD Test or a copy of chest X-Ray
- Immunizations and/or vaccination records
- Copy of Government-issued ID
- HIPPA certificate
- OSHA training
- Infection control training
- 2 step TST (TB) or current QFT
- Titers for Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Varicella
- Hepatitis B and C proof of vaccination
- Current influenza vaccine (oct-march)
- BLS, ACLS & PALS for pediatrics
We help you make the entire process smooth and quick.
How can I get malpractice insurance?
We can assist you as we are affiliated with an insurance agent. You may also purchase it from an insurance agency.