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Clinical Core

The Clinical Core Curriculum (Phase III & IV)* consists of required interdepartmental clerkships, Sub-internships, and Phase IV Electives. Phase III provides intensive clinical experiences in the hospital, ambulatory clinics, emergency room, labor and delivery suite, and operating rooms. 

During the clinical core, students participate in history-taking, physical examination and assessment, development of a differential diagnosis, diagnostic decision-making, interpretation of laboratory results, treatment planning, transitions of care, and re-evaluation of patient status after treatment is initiated. These activities and others provide medical students with opportunities to develop skills in: lifelong self-directed learning, critical analysis of evidence, and clinical problem solving.

*All Phase III clerkships must be completed within the state of Colorado at University affiliated sites, including the AHEC (Area Health Education Centers) system.


Dear Third-
Year Stud​ent

Graduating medical students write letters of hope and advice to incoming third-years in the annual Letters to a Third-Yea​r Student.​