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 72 weeks in duration with an optional 12 weeks of additional elective rotations. The first 48 weeks are spent in the core rotations and the breakdown is as follows: