The program requires that all students complete 8 core clinical rotations in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, General Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Musculoskeletal Medicine, Hospital Medicine and Special Topics (Mental Health and Women’s Health). Students complete two additional “elective” rotations in a variety of medical specialties.
Two clinical rotations are offered as “elective” rotations. Students rank their top two choices based on clinical site/preceptor availability. Electives are then assigned via lottery style. Examples of elective rotations include: Cardiology, Dermatology, Gastroenterology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Head and Neck Surgery, and many, many more. Additionally, students may elect to repeat a core rotation they enjoyed as an elective (ex: Emergency Medicine).
Clinical sites are currently located throughout Louisiana. Additionally, there are clinical rotations in Tennessee, Florida, Mississippi and Texas. The program is also exploring rotations abroad, with emphasis in global health.
Students are responsible for any out of pocket expenses for all rotations throughout the clinical year.
Program policy prohibits students from rotating with close personal contacts. Additionally, program policy also prohibits students from arranging their own clinical rotations.