Available Fourth Year Student Rotations

Inpatient Medical Student Clerkship

Anesthesiology

The anesthesiology elective is designed to give the medical student exposure to basic principles of the anesthetic management of patients in the operating room. The majority of time will be spent working with a senior resident and sharing in his/her case management. The Department of Anesthesiology at Virginia Mason has particular expertise in regional anesthesia, complex pain management, and point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS). Students will be exposed extensively to these techniques, in addition to becoming familiar with principles of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine.

For further information about the Anesthesiology rotation or process, please contact Kim Swieringa.

General Surgery

The general surgery elective is designed to give fourth year medical students direct exposure to the defined categories of general surgery. Similar to the residency program, students are assigned to one or two surgeons and participate in the pre-, intra-, and postoperative care of the surgical patient. At least one day per week is spent in the outpatient clinic, with the student responsible for initial consults and postoperative visits. The student will scrub on virtually all surgical cases on their service, and he/she will work closely with the chief and junior residents on the service to provide primary care for the postoperative inpatients. Attendance at daily morning conferences is expected.

For further questions about the General Surgery rotation or process, please contact Heather Seabott.

Internal Medicine

During the medicine-sub I, students perform as interns on a medicine ward team. This experience is designed to enhance a student's management skills and knowledge within internal medicine. Students are responsible for new admissions, as well as formulating and carrying out the daily plan of care for patients in conjunction with their resident and attending hospitalist. Didactic sessions include noon conference, afternoon case report and weekly Grand Rounds.

For further questions about the Internal Medicine rotation or process, please contact Hayley Fisher.
 

Radiology

The radiology elective is designed to give medical students exposure to basic issues and clinical practice in diagnostic radiology. Goals include developing knowledge of routine imaging exams and reviewing the indications and choice of imaging modalities for commonly encountered clinical scenarios. Depending on the medical student’s clinical interests, the rotation can be tailored to participation in certain sections of the department, including interventional radiology, or to completion of a research project. Attendance at all daily radiology resident morning and noon conferences is expected. A limited number of medical student rotations are offered at the discretion of the program directors.

For further information about the radiology rotation or process, please contact the Radiology Residency Program Coordinator, Kim Swieringa.
 

Urology (accepting applications until Sept. 4)

The urology elective is designed to give fourth year medical students direct exposure to the defined categories of urology and urologic surgery. During the rotation, students have the opportunity to gain exposure to a broad array of urologic conditions, procedures and surgeries. Students will be on service with residents and fellows and will participate in the pre-, intra-, and postoperative care of the surgical patient. At least one day per week is spent in the outpatient clinic. When not in the clinic, the student will scrub on virtually all surgical cases on the service to which they are assigned, and he/she will work closely with the chief and junior residents on the service to provide care for the postoperative inpatients. Attendance at daily rounds and didactic conferences is expected.

For further questions about the Urology rotation or process, please contact Joy Mala.

Application Process Timeline

  • Applications due by: April 1, 2018 (except for Urology) (application cover sheet and supporting documentation mandatory)
  • Notifications regarding acceptance: May 15, 2018 (except for Urology)

Application Process for all Inpatient 4th Year Clerkships

  • Visiting students must be candidates for the MD or DO degree and in good standing in a school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or the Education Department of the American Osteopathic Association.
      
  • Must submit a completed application cover sheet, and submit materials requested therein.
        
  • Upon approval of the rotation, student will be required to submit onboarding paperwork and a Virginia Mason Letter of Agreement (LOA not required for University of Washington students). The program coordinator will provide this paperwork at that time.
     
  • Virginia Mason is unable to provide meals, parking or housing for students. However, here are some nearby hotels, many of which rent by the week and/or month.

Please submit your cover sheet as soon as possible so we can start a file for you. However, we must have a completed application packet by the date stated above. If any paperwork is unobtainable by this date please contact the appropriate Program Coordinator listed above.