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Student Rotations

At Providence St. Vincent Medical Center, we take great pride in our commitment to teaching. Our goal is for this clerkship to form a cornerstone for much of your future professional life regardless of your chosen specialty. The Faculty, House Staff and administrative personnel in the Department of Medicine look forward to helping you in every way possible during this rotation.

We are a major teaching affiliate of Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Washington State University (WSU) and Western University College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific-Northwest (COMP Northwest) and routinely host third- and fourth-year visiting students for their required core medicine rotations, both on the General Medicine Wards and in the Intensive Care Unit. Additionally, we have opportunities for fourth year students to rotate in our Primary Care Medical Home outpatient clinic for select blocks during the academic year. Students who are considering a residency at Providence St. Vincent are encouraged to apply for a rotation.

We also welcome third-year students from other Liaison Committee on Medical Education or the Education Department of the American Osteopathic Association accredited institutions to apply for a ward rotation with start dates beginning in February. Fourth-year students are also welcome to apply for a Sub-I rotation on the Medicine Wards, ICU, and in our outpatient clinic.

Students are integrated into day-to-day team activities at Providence St. Vincent, including attending teaching conferences, obtaining H&Ps, writing progress notes, and developing plans for diagnosis and therapy. Students attend and contribute to morning report, noon conferences and teaching rounds. In addition, the medical students receive special student-only teaching sessions by select medical education faculty, which focus on physical diagnosis, core internal medicine topics and EKG interpretation.

What rotations are available?

We have general medicine rotations available to third-year students beginning in February.

Fourth-year student rotations:

  • Intensive Care Unit
  • General Medicine sub-Internship
  • Medical Home Primary Care Clinic
  • Cardiology

Who do I work with while on rotation?

Students on their medicine clerkship or sub-internship join one of the three ward teams, two of which are on our Accountable Care Unit (ACU). The ACU is an innovative model for medical education and patient centered care. The geographic hospital unit emphasizes team-based care and includes structured interdisciplinary bedside rounds (SIBR). In the ICU, the student is fully integrated into the unit’s care team organization consisting of three interns, one resident and the Intensivist. In both the ward and ICU setting, you also work directly with our nursing staff, nurse care managers, and ancillary services and will be responsible for presenting your patients during multidisciplinary rounds. On our cardiology selective, you will work directly with a resident, intern and staff cardiologist.

In our ambulatory clinic, you work directly with our core faculty attendings and alongside our residents providing direct patient care. Our medical home model allows you to also work directly with our medical assistants, nurses, receptionists, clinic pharmacist, behaviorist and social worker in providing excellent team based care to your patients. Before students begin this rotation, we pre-build and schedule patients specifically for the students to maximize opportunities.

Are students required to take overnight call?

Students are not required to take overnight call. They are encouraged to come in on weekends when their team is on call. Late call is every third night in the ICU; and twice per week on the medicine ward teams.

Is housing provided for students?

The program does not provide housing for visiting students.

Application Information

Visiting students wishing to apply for a clerkship rotation must complete the application form along with the supplemental documents and return it to the Department of Medicine at Providence St. Vincent as directed on the application. Please note that incomplete applications will not be processed.

Who can apply for a rotation?

Visiting students must be candidates for the M.D. or D.O. degree in good standing in a school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or the Education Department of the American Osteopathic Association.

When can I apply?

We will begin to accept applications for the upcoming academic year (July 2023 to June 2024), on February 14, 2023.

What is the review timeline?

We will begin reviewing applications and notifying students if they have been accepted for a 2023–2024 academic year clerkship rotation on or after May 4, 2023.

What is the rotation schedule?

Visiting student rotations are scheduled for a duration of four weeks. The following are dates to be used when submitting your application. Unfortunately, we cannot go outside of these rotation date blocks.

Rotation Dates

2023-2024 Academic Year

  • June 26 – July 21, 2023
  • July 24 – August 18, 2023
  • August 21 – September 15, 2023
  • September 25 – October 20, 2023
  • October 23 – November 17, 2023
  • November 20 – December 15, 2023
  • January 2 – January 26, 2024
  • January 29 – February 22, 2024
  • February 26 – March 22, 2024
  • April 1 – April 26, 2024
  • April 29 – May 24, 2024
  • May 27 – June 21, 2024

To request additional information or an application form, please contact our program at 503-216-2401.