West Lafayette



IU School of Medicine—West Lafayette offers clinical training for third- and fourth-year medical students. These experiences, known as clerkships, allow students to provide meaningful patient care as they work with practicing community physicians and become valued members of the health care team. Clerkships are of varying durations depending on the medical specialty.

To facilitate mentoring and student-centered learning, students work individually with a community-based, clinical faculty volunteers from each of the third-year clerkship programs. Fourth-year students can select from a variety of electives in addition to the three required clerkships.

Curriculum content, patient encounter requirements, final examinations and grade assignments are consistent with standardized statewide IU School Medicine clinical educational guidelines. For questions about West Lafayette campus electives, contact Donna Fulkerson, medical education program administrator, at 765-496-7973 or drf@purdue.edu.

Third-Year clerkships are available in the following areas:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Family Medicine
  • Medicine
  • Neurology
  • OB/GYN
  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Surgery Subspecialty
    • Cardiothoracic Surgery
    • Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Ophthalmology
    • Otolaryngology
    • Plastic Surgery
    • Urology
    • Vascular Surgery
  • Surgery (General)

Required clerkships for fourth-year medical students are in the areas of Emergency Medicine, Radiology and Sub I (Medicine).

Clerkship Electives are available in these areas:

  • Advanced Clinical Anatomy
  • Clinical Dermatology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • ICU-Pulmonology
  • Interventional Radiology
  • Medical Students as Teachers: Development and Facilitation of Transitions II for Phase II
  • Non-Surgical Obesity Medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Primary Care Sports Medicine