Clinical Science

The entry into the Clinical Science Program is the most exciting event in every medical student’s career. This is the moment for which they have prepared their entire lives and will, for most, be their very first contact with real patients in real clinical settings. Xavier has prepared a robust clinical program which will ready the student to enter any field of medicine.

Almost all of our rotations are situated in the United States with the strongest concentration of hospitals being in our three centralized “hub” cities of New York, Baltimore, and Chicago. These locations are where most of our core rotations are offered but there is a vast array of locations where students may choose to spend their electives. At the discretion of the Dean of Clinical Science, students with strong academic performance may be given preferential rotation placement.

The program is structured in such a manner as to allow a student to gain licensure in most of the United States. Each of a student’s core rotations is spent at a hospital which hosts an Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-approved residency program in the respective core specialty. Every site is held to comparable standards of teaching, evaluation, faculty development, and study resources. A student will gain all the knowledge and skills necessary to pass Step 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) and compete for any coveted United States residency position. Our students have rotated and gone on to train and practice in Canada as well.

The clinical program is 76 weeks in duration with an optional 12 weeks of additional elective rotations. The first 12 weeks are spent in a research facility and Intro to Clinical Medicine setting,  That is followed by 44 weeks of core rotations and 20 weeks of electives.

Research and Intro to Clinical Medicine

Research 8 weeks
FMIM1 4 weeks
Total       12 weeks

Core Rotations

Family Medicine  6 weeks
Psychiatry  6 weeks
Internal Medicine 12 weeks
Obstetrics / Gynecology  6 weeks
Pediatrics  6 weeks
Surgery  8 weeks
Total       44 weeks

Students then have 20 weeks in elective rotations. During this time, a student is given the freedom to explore a vast array of available clinical electives. It is also encouraged that a student find or create their own elective experiences. This affords the student an opportunity to match their own interests and abilities to the right field of medicine for them. Once this decision has been made, the elective time also allows a student to showcase their abilities and network with physicians who may help them attain their career goals.

The duration of time in each elective rotation may vary, but a minimum of 4 weeks will be spent in each. A partial list of the possible elective rotations is included below:

Elective Rotations

NephrologyDermatology
Hematology and OncologyOrthopaedic Surgery
RheumatologyOphthalmology
Immunology and AllergyOtolaryngology (ENT)
GastroenterologyPlastic Surgery
NeurologyColorectal Surgery
CardiologyOccupational Medicine
Emergency MedicineCardiology (PEDS Focus)
PulmonologyInfectious Disease