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Phase 2 Curriculum

phase two sample schedule

White Coat Ceremony

The White Coat Ceremony marks a transformation for students entering their clinical phase of medical school.

Orientation to Clerkships

This is an in-person orientation to the clerkships which will review key information prior to the start of the Phase 2 experience.

Transitions 2

Transitions 2 (T2) is a mandatory course at beginning of Phase 2. The course builds upon Phase 1 experiences by helping students develop the skills required to serve as a high-functioning member of a health care team during Phase 2 and beyond.

Health Systems Science 3

Health Systems Science 3: Sessions to Enhance Physician Success (STEPS) is a mandatory Curriculum component. (See Rotation Schedule to see where STEPS occurs)

STEPS is a nine-day course that will run throughout your Phase 2 year. It will allow you to reflect on your clinical experiences and learn more about key topics such as death and dying, health systems science, and substance use disorders. STEPS is required for all Phase 2 students and will be virtual.

Required Clerkships

  • OB-GYN/Anesthesia (eight weeks)

  • Family Medicine (four weeks)

  • Internal Medicine (eight weeks)

  • Neurology (four weeks)

  • Pediatrics (eight weeks)

  • Psychiatry (four weeks)

  • Surgery (eight weeks)

Rotation Schedules

Vacation or Electives

You will have a four-week block that can be used for vacation or electives. Instead of taking a vacation month during Phase 2, students may take any IU School of Medicine elective that is approved for third-year students, including up to two Career Exploration Electives. Additionally, during the two-week period juxtaposed with anesthesia, students may take a two-week elective or vacation.

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