MD Clerkship Meeting Places



Duration:                                         4 Week Rotation
Course Director:                              Gerome Escota, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
Department of Internal Medicine

Clerkship Coordinator:                    Megan Dietrich
Division of Medical Education
Department of Internal Medicine

Site Director (PCR):                          Gerome Escota, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Infectious Diseases
Department of Internal Medicine

PCR Coordinator:                            Megan Dietrich
Site Coordinator
Division of Medical Education
Deparment of Internal Medicine

The Internal Medicine Clerkship is divided into three 4-week rotations.  During the 2019-2020 academic year there will be four sites: Barnes-Jewish Hospital General Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital Cardiology, John Cochrane Veterans Administration Hospital, and the Primary Care Rotation (PCR).  The Department of Medicine and the Division of Medical Education make absolutely every effort to meet the requests of as many students as possible for specific rotations.  There may, however, be occasions when adjustments may need to be made in order to maximize the educational experience for all students.  The Internal Medicine Clerkship communicates with students extensively by e-mail Canvas announcements.  Prior to the beginning of each 4-week rotation, students will receive e-mail notification regarding where and when to report on the first day of that rotation.  Requests for specific call schedules in order to accommodate outside activities must be received at least 4 weeks prior to the first day of the 4-week rotation in question.  We cannot guarantee to grant all such requests but we shall do our best.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital General Medicine Rotation: An in-patient experience with every fourth day long call.  There is no overnight call and students should leave by 9:30P.M.  Each student is assigned to a team with one internal medicine attending, one resident, two interns, and one or two students.  A subintern may be one of the two students assigned to the team.  Patients all ward with a wide variety of internal medicine problems.

Barnes-Jewish Hospital Cardiology Rotation: An in-patient experience with every fourth day long call.  There is no overnight call and students should leave by 9:30P.M.  Each student is assigned to a team with one cardiology subspecialty attending, one resident, two interns, and one or two students.  A subintern may be one of the two students assigned to the team.  All patients have a cardiology problem as the primary reason for admission and include a mix of ward and private patients.

VA Hospital Rotation: An inpatient experience with every fourth day long call.  Patients are all veterans.  Each student is assigned to a team with one attending, one resident, one intern, and one or two students.  A subintern may be one of the two students assigned to the team.  There are no specialized admitting services at the VA.  The admitting team determines the level of care required (MICU, CCU, Telemetry, Ward) and follows the patient throughout the hospitalization.  Students are integral members of the patient care team.  There is no overnight call and students should leave by 9:30P.M.

For all of the inpatient rotations, non-call days start approximately 7:30 AM and end in the late afternoon (4:30-6:00).  Students work up patients admitted to the service and are expected to follow them and be involved in their daily care until discharge.  Active involvement in all aspects of patient care is expected.  Students also attend a series of student-oriented conferences as well as conferences that also include the medicine house staff.

Primary Care Rotation (PCR): PCR is an entirely outpatient experience. Students will spend approximately 75%-80% of their time in the office of an ambulatory preceptor.  THE VAST MAJORITY OF STUDENTS MUST TRAVEL BY CAR TO GET TO THEIR PRECEPTOR’S OFFICE AND WE EXPECT THAT ALL STUDENTS WILL BE PREPARED TO DO SO!  Preceptors are located throughout the greater St. Louis area (approximate range: north to Florissant, south to Arnold, east to St. Louis city, and west to St. Peters).  Students are required to attend student-oriented ambulatory conferences as well as the clerkship core curriculum activities.  There is no night call.  There are no weekend or evening responsibilities.

Location:  Kipnis Conference Room, 6th floor Wohl Hospital
Time:  8:00 a.m. the first weekday of the 12-week clerkship and the first weekday of the two subsequent 4-week rotations.
Students will receive further information by e-mail approximately 1-2 weeks prior to the beginning of each rotation.  If you do not receive email notification within 1 weeks, please notify our office.


Duration:                                      4 Week Rotation
Course Director:                              Robert Naismith, M.D.
Department of Neurology, Box 8111
Clerkship Coordinator:                   Chrissy McIntosh
Department of Neurology, Box 8111

During the four-week Neurology clerkship, students will gain proficiency in understanding diseases of the nervous system, the neurologic work-up, localization and differential diagnosis generation, and devising a treatment plan. A variety of settings are available, which could include adults or pediatric services, with both inpatient and outpatient experiences. Students will provide care for patients with neurologic problems under the supervision of residents, fellows and attendings.

For more information about the neurology clerkship:

Location:  To Be Announced.
Time:  To Be Announced.


Duration:                                      6 weeks
Course Director:                          Tammy Sonn, M.D.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Washington University School of Medicine
Center for Outpatient Health
314-747-1490 FAX

Assistant Clerkship Director:      L. Stewart Massad, M.D.
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Washington University School of Medicine
Center for Outpatient Health
314-747-1490 FAX

Clerkship Coordinator:                Trish Werner
Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
314-747-1490 FAX

All third-year medical students participate in a six-week clinical clerkship in Obstetrics and Gynecology. This is divided into three two-week components of outpatient OB-GYN, inpatient obstetrics and inpatient gynecology. Comprehensive study of the reproductive health needs of women in both the office setting and the surgical setting is the focus of the curriculum. Students are actively involved in all settings of health care delivery: outpatient faculty clinics within all specialties, resident ambulatory clinics, operating rooms for all obstetric or gynecologic cases, inpatient floors of L&D and Gynecology, and the emergency department/hospital inpatient consults. Faculty, fellows, residents and nurse practitioners provide teaching for this rotation. Student-directed didactics include the faculty and chief resident lecture series, procedural skill station session at orientation and faculty-assigned preceptor groups that meet throughout their six-week rotation.

Please do check your email…The Clerkship Coordinator will email you approximately 2-3 weeks prior to the start of Clerkship to be sure of IDs, cell number (since no pagers) and best email address.  Please respond quickly as detailed clerkship information and lottery assignment requests and final assignments (1-2 weeks prior to start) will follow.

Exams and grades

Near the end of the 6 week block, students will take the NBME written examination.  The student’s written exam comprises 20% of the grade.  Performance on the clinical clerkship comprises 60% of the grade. Preceptor small groups will comprise 10% and formal H&P assignment will comprise another 10%.

Orientation Location:  9th or 10th Floor (exact location will be in the welcome email), Center for Outpatient Health
Time:  8:00 a.m., the 1st weekday of the clerkship rotation students will meet with Dr. Tammy Sonn (OB/GYN)


This is a 6-week clerkship divided into two 2-week rotations and two 1-week rotations. This course emphasizes pediatric pathophysiology and normal growth and development from birth through adolescence. Two weeks are spent inpatient at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in general pediatrics on Silver, 10.100 or 11.100. Two weeks are spent in pediatric acute care in one of the following: Acute Care at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Acute Care at Missouri Baptist Medical Center (community hospital) or Acute Care at Progress West Hospital (community hospital). One week is spent on newborn nursery in one of the following: assessment nursery at 6800 Parkview Tower or Missouri Baptist Medical Center nursery (community hospital). One week is spent in outpatient ambulatory clinic in one of the following: St. Louis Children’s Hospital subspecialty clinics or Children’s Specialty Care Center (CSCC) on Mason Road. Emphasis is on performing a pediatric history and physical examination and developing an appropriate differential diagnosis. Daily rounds with house staff and attending physicians as well as weekly case management conferences and bedside teaching further this emphasis.

Pediatric Inpatient rotations at St. Louis Children’s Hospital (2 weeks)
Location: General Pediatrics: 10.100 or 11.100

Acute Care (2 weeks)
Acute Care: St. Louis Children’t Hospital;
Acute Care: Missouri Baptist Medical Center (community hospital);
Acute Care: Progress West Hospital (community hospital)

Newborn Nursery (1 week)
Locations: Assessment (Regular) Nursery: 6800 Parkview Tower;
Missouri Baptist Medical Center Nursery: (community hospital)

Outpatient Ambulatory Clinical (1 week)
Locations: Variety of pediatric sub-specialty clinics – SLCH;
Variety of pediatric sub-specialty clinics – CSSC

Important numbers/addresses to remember:
Clerkship Director:                      Colleen Wallace, M.D.
Department of Pediatrics
Washington University School of Medicine
Assistant Clerkship Director:     Laura Hall, M.D.
Department of Pediatrics
Washington University School of Medicine
Clerkship Coordinator:                Liz Scott
Department of Pediatrics
Washington University School of Medicine
We can all be reached at:
6100B St. Louis Children’s Hospital Tower
One Children’s Place
314-454-6299 Phone
314-454-4979 Fax


Duration:                                     1 – 4 Week Rotation
Course Director:                              Brendan J. O’Connor, M.D.
Department of Psychiatry, Box 8134
Clerkship Coordinator:                   Diane Gibson-Cross
Department of Psychiatry, Box 8134
Renard 4408

Students spend three weeks on the inpatient psychiatry services of Barnes-Jewish Hospital at the main campus unit. Students evaluate and treat patients with psychiatric illness under the supervision of house staff and an attending physician. Students are also assigned for one week at either an ambulatory treatment site or an inpatient consult-liaison service. There is also an opportunity for students to gain exposure to emergency psychiatric services in the Barnes-Jewish Hospital emergency department. The clerkship includes required attendance at teaching conferences, including small-group sessions with WUSM clinical faculty and upper-level psychiatry residents. Students are responsible for completing learning exercises and other assignments.

Location:  Room 3312 Renard Bldg. – Dept. of Psychiatry

Orientation Time:  Beginning at 8:00 a.m. the 1st weekday of the clerkship, unless otherwise noted. Students will meet with the Clerkship Director and Supervising Resident the first morning for an overview of the clerkship and initial teaching.  Schedules and additional information will be emailed to students prior to the start of the rotation.  Students are expected to review the course syllabus prior to orientation. Orientations will be held in the Pavilion Conference Room, 15340 starting September 9, 2019 – May 4, 2020.


Duration:                                    12 Weeks, (3) 4-Week Rotations
Course Director:                          Bethany Sacks, M.D.
Department of Surgery, Box 8109
Assistant Course Director:            Sara Holden (effective 9/1/19)
Department of Surgery, Box 8109
Clerkship Coordinator:                   Carla Koberna
Department of Surgery, Box 8109

During the 12-week surgery clerkship, each student is assigned to three separate rotations. Each student is assigned to a required general surgery rotation at Barnes-Jewish Hospital or the John Cochran Veterans Administration Medical Center. In addition, each student selects elective rotations in other general surgical fields, surgical subspecialties and related disciplines of critical care. The student is an active participant in the daily care of patients on each service and attends the service teaching conferences and rounds. For the duration of the 12-week rotation, there are weekly small-group tutorial sessions with faculty members and a biweekly lecture series.

Students are welcome and encouraged to call the Surgical Education Office with any questions concerning the surgery clerkship (362-5237).

Location:  9th floor of Wohl Hospital – Butcher Conference Room
Time:  7:00 AM , the 1st weekday of the clerkship rotation



Duration:                                      1-4 Week Rotation
Course Director:                           Amy Musiek, M.D.
Clerkship Coordinator:                 Rosie Brannan

The goal of the dermatology clerkship is to provide a guide for the student to appreciate dermatology within the broader perspectives of medicine and biology. The student will develop familiarity with dermatologic vocabulary, learn to recognize and initiate therapy of common dermatologic disorders and become cognizant of uncommon or complicated dermatologic problems that require specialty care. Emphasis will be placed on careful history taking and physical examination. Students will always work under the direction of the resident physician and the attending physicians in the clinic setting.

Location:  10702 Mid Campus Center, Dermatology Conference Room
Time:  7:30 a.m. the first Monday of the rotation for a lecture.                                                  Orientation: 9:00 a.m., 10116 Mid Campus Center


Course Director:                           Mark Levine, M.D.
Clerkship Coordinator:                 Sarah Pruett

The Urgent Care area (UCA) serves as our site for the WUSM III Ambulatory Care Rotation. Three students at a time are assigned to this four-week rotation. Students will spend their first day in an orientation session learning suturing, ECG interpretation and airway management (including intubation skills) in hands-on laboratories. They will also review pelvic examinations and view an education video on domestic violence. On day two, they begin primarily evaluating non-emergent patients in Urgent Care and report directly to an Emergency Medicine attending. There are four hours of conferences per week (8-10 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings) — attendance is mandatory. Discussions are currently underway to allow students to participate in helicopter ride-alongs with ARCH Airmedical Services. Students can expect to gain a wide range of skills in evaluating uncomplicated upper respiratory infections, urinary tract infections, sexually transmitted diseases, lacerations, eye problems, rashes, simple extremity trauma — in general, “bread and butter” medical/surgical problems. Students do a case presentation (15 min.) at the close of the block.

Location:  Barnard Hospital – 8th Floor, Emergency Medicine Offices
Time:  Check e-mail prior to rotation.  Requests for days off should be emailed to the  Clerkship Coordinator prior to the rotation.  No shift swaps will be allowed.  Schedule and syllabus will be distributed to you on Orientation day.


Duration:                                     Four weeks
Course Director:                           Dr. Kathleen Byrnes
Division of Surgical Pathology
Clerkship Coordinator:                Sue Johnson

This elective is designed to familiarize students with the discipline of surgical pathology and to encourage the development of basic skills in gross pathology and histopathological interpretation. The Laboratory of Surgical Pathology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital receives a broad range of medical biopsy material in addition to specimens derived from the busy surgical subspecialty practices. As a result, this elective is beneficial not only for students considering a career in pathology, but also for students planning careers in internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics-gynecology, pediatrics, radiology, radiation oncology and dermatology. Students on this elective will (1) learn how patient specimens are received and processed, (2) acquire skills in the gross examination and microscopic diagnosis of disease through active participation and (3) learn the role of the pathologist in the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative care and management of patients. Students will function as junior house staff managing their own cases with supervision from residents, fellows and attending pathologists. Students may also wish to participate in ongoing research projects within the department as time, and interest, allows. The daily schedule for students begins at 8:00 a.m. with morning conference. In general, the student will be able to complete all gross examination and sign-out activities by 4:30 p.m. Students are welcome to stay beyond 4:30 p.m. to participate in any of the academic or other working activities of the division. Student time distribution: Clinical duties 85%, Conference/Lectures 15%; Major teaching responsibility: Attending staff, residents and fellows; Patients seen/weekly: N/A; On-call/weekend responsibility: None.

Enrollment limit per period:  In order to permit maximum interaction with the surgical pathology staff and house staff, the elective is limited to three students per four-week block. For the initial round of scheduling the available slots are allotted to accommodate two 4th year students and two 3rd year students during the first 3 blocks and then two 4th year students and two 3rd year students in the remaining blocks. Any open slots after the original scheduling period are then made available to either 3rd and 4th year students on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact your scheduling office for details.

Student time distribution:                     Clinical duties 85%; Conferences/Lectures 15%
Major teaching responsibility:              Attending staff, residents and fellows
Patients seen/weekly:                             N/A
On call/weekend responsibility:           None

Location: :  Elevators 3rd floor IOH Bldg, 425 S. Euclid
Time:   8:35 a.m.


Duration:                                    4 Week Rotation
Course Director:                            Ellen F. Binder, M.D.
Division of Geriatrics and Nutritional Science
Box 8303
Clerkship Coordinator:                  Andrea Miller, M.B.A.
Division of Geriatrics and Nutritional Science

The primary goal of this rotation is for students to gain proficiency in the principles of geriatric evaluation and management, including the medical, psychological, social, and functional assessments of older adults. Students are expected to participate in the evaluation of three to five patients per week, in a variety of settings including the outpatient Geriatric Assessment Clinic, inpatient Geriatric Consult service, Parc Provence nursing home, and the Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis (TRISL). Students will also have the opportunity to participate in hospice and home care visits, interdisciplinary team meetings, and observe an assessment at the Washington University Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Students are expected to attend weekly conferences while on the rotation. The day normally begins at 8:30 a.m. and is usually finished by 5:30 p.m. There is no night or weekend call. Time is provided to read the detailed syllabus/bibliography. Many clinical activities are off-site from the medical campus. Students will be required to coordinate transportation to and from such sites. Students will be expected to give an oral presentation on a topic of their choice once during the rotation.

Location:  Wohl Clinic Building, 3rd Floor, Room 338
Time: Meet at the Department of Geriatrics office, Wohl Clinic Building, Third floor, Room 338, 9:00 a.m. first day of elective.
Prerequisite: Students must have completed the Internal Medicine clerkship before taking this elective; completion of the Neurology clerkship is encouraged but not required.


Duration:                                      4 Week Rotation
Course Director:                              Suzanne R. Thibodeaux, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology & Immunology
314- 362-3186
Clerkship Coordinator:                 Julie Shafferkoetter
Department of Pathology & Immunology

This elective is designed to teach the student how clinical laboratory assays are used in the diagnosis of disease and to understand the quality assurance tools the laboratory utilizes to assure the reliability of tests. The four-week elective includes rotations through laboratories in clinical chemistry, clinical microbiology, transfusion medicine, molecular diagnostics and hematopathology. During the elective the student will have a daily schedule, which includes didactic sessions with senior staff and house staff. Particularly useful clinical skills to be acquired include: morphology of peripheral blood smears and bone marrow biopsies; interpretation of coagulation tests, biomarkers of cardiac damage and serum protein electrophoresis patterns. Also covered are appropriate use of blood component therapy, and therapeutic apheresis and identification of infectious organisms. Students will attend quality assurance meetings with senior staff, participate in microbiology rounds and present case discussions during this elective.


Location:  The office is located on the fourth floor of the Institute of Health (IOH).  For additional directions, call the division administrative assistant, Julie Shafferkoetter, at 362-2998.

Time:   8:45a.m., the first Monday of the 4 week rotation.  Meet the course director, Suzie Thibodeaux, M.D., Ph.D., in her office fourth floor, room 4418, of the Institute of Health (IOH) in the Division of Laboratory and Genomic Medicine. Email Dr. Thibodeaux ( 2 weeks before the clerkship starts to begin planning the elective schedule with the chief resident.


Duration:                                       4-Week Rotation
Course Director:                             Neringa Juknis, M.D.
Clerkship Coordinator:                   Donna Barbier

Clerkship in PM&R for third-year medical students provides an opportunity to gain basic knowledge and clinical skills in evaluation and management of a wide range of neurological and musculoskeletal diseases and conditions that require specialized rehabilitative medical and therapeutic care. Students spend two weeks on the Spinal Cord Injury Unit (SCI) and two weeks on the Brain Injury (BI) and Stroke Unit at The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis. Students are expected to be a part of the rehabilitation team, follow three to five patients, participate in daily morning rounds, participate in performing consults, and attend team meetings and family conferences. Students are required to attend several outpatient clinics such as SCI, BI, Amputee and Stroke. During the entire rotation, students work with PM&R residents and fellows, and under direct guidance of the NeuroRehabilitation faculty. The usual duty hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. There is no night call. Students are required to attend all PM&R curriculum lectures and conferences. On the first day of rotation, students meet with the PM&R program director to go over goals, objectives and schedules. Upon completion of the rotation, students are required to fill out the evaluation form to provide feedback regarding rotation experience.

Location:  Please check email for instruction the Wednesday prior to your rotation. The Rehabilitation Institute of St. Louis
Time:  Please check email for instruction the Wednesday prior to your rotation


Duration:                                       1 – 4 Week Rotation
Course Director:                               Brendan O’Connor. M.D.
Department of Psychiatry, Box 8134
Clerkship Coordinator:                    Diane Gibson-Cross
Department of Psychiatry, Box 8134

Up to two students may elect to pursue their ambulatory medicine selective through the psychiatry department. Students participate in clinical duties depending on assigned locations, which can include the BJH adult psychiatry clinic, a community mental health center, the Washington University child and adolescent psychiatry clinic, and both the adult and child psychiatry consultation services. Students will also submit a written review of a relevant clinical topic of their choice. There are no call obligations at any clinical site.

Location:  Varies depending on assigned site, Coordinator will email schedule prior to rotation.
Time:  Students should contact the Clerkship Coordinator prior to the start of the rotation to set-up a time to meet with the Assistant Clerkship Director for a brief orientation and overview of the course.


Duration:                                      1 – 4 Week Rotation
Course Director:                              Maria A. Thomas, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Radiation Oncology
Clerkship Coordinator:                  Allison Lehman
Department of Radiation Oncology

The four-week clerkship in Radiation Oncology will provide students with the opportunity to participate in the evaluation and management of a broad range of patients referred for consideration of radiation therapy. Clerkship activities will take place at the Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Siteman Cancer Center complex and at our satellite facilities. Students will conduct patient evaluations under the supervision of radiation oncology department residents and faculty. Students will attend many conferences throughout the weeks, with the work day starting between 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. Students will also have the opportunity to attend the appropriate multidisciplinary clinics, follow-up clinics and multidisciplinary conferences (such as pediatric neuro-oncology, cardiothoracic oncology, lymphoma, GYN tumor conferences, etc.) pertaining to their rotation schedule. Instructional materials are available for students on the rotation. (Students are notexpected to purchase any curricular materials for the clerkship.) Student performance will be evaluated by both resident and faculty members who supervise the student over the course of the four-week clerkship. Design credit 1 unit.
Location:  Siteman Cancer Center, Dept. of Radiation Oncology, Lower Level
Time:  7:30 a.m., the 1st weekday of the clerkship rotation.  Students will meet with the Chief Resident.


Duration:                                             4 Week Rotation
Course Director:                                  Malak Itani, M.D.
Department of Radiology
Course Director:                                  Ting Tao, MD, PhD
Department of Radiology
Course Director:                                  Kelby Napier, MD
Department of Radiology
Course Coordinator:                            Dawn Andrew
Department of Radiology, Radiology Learning Center

This four-week introductory radiology elective allows students to rotate through four of the following radiology services: Emergency Radiology, Mammography, Pediatrics, Chest, Abdominal Imaging, Musculoskeletal, Neuroradiology, Interventional Radiology and Nuclear Medicine. The primary course objective is to familiarize students with the scope of diagnostic and interventional radiology including the consulting role radiologists provide to primary care and specialty providers, risks/benefits and cost effectiveness of radiologic examinations, and guidelines for ordering common studies as well as specific disease entities and their radiologic appearance and work-up. Students spend the majority of the day in the radiology reading rooms with residents, fellows, and faculty for interactive teaching based on daily clinical cases. Students will attend morning case-based conferences and noon didactic conferences with the residents. The students will have an observational role in conferences and in the clinical setting. In the afternoon, students will convene with a radiology resident for an interactive workshop on a scheduled topic in radiology. The day prior to each workshop, students will receive a template PowerPoint form of the following day’s workshop and are expected to spend the afternoon preparing for the next day’s session. Students will be evaluated on their preparedness and participation in the afternoon workshops. On Friday afternoons, students will present an interesting case from the week in PowerPoint format. Two PowerPoint presentations will be submitted at the end of the rotation for grading. An image-based exam will be given in the final week of the elective covering topics presented in the daily student workshops. Reading lists, references and text books will be provided. The first and final days of the elective are mandatory. Grades will be based on daily attendance, workshop participation, end of the rotation exam, and submitted PowerPoint presentations. More than three days absence will require exceptional work for honors. No honors will be awarded if a student is absent for more than five days of the rotation.

General Radiology Clerkship (M90 701) Meeting Place:
Location:  Stuart S. Sagel Conference Room, 1st floor of the Mallinckrodt building
Time:  8:00 am the first weekday of the rotation.