Curricular Timeline & Scheduling
Pathways students transition from the Preclerkship phase of the MD program the Principal Clinical Experience (PCE) in the fall of their second year. HST students transition from the Preclerkship phase to the PCE in the spring of their second year. The PCE is comprised of clerkship rotations lasting 4-12 weeks and supplemented by a longitudinal multidisciplinary curriculum that incorporates mentoring, assessment, and ambulatory care experiences. All students are required to complete the 12-week Medicine and Surgery clerkships, the 6-week Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology clerkships, the 4-week Neurology, Psychiatry, and Radiology clerkships, and the longitudinal Primary Care clerkships during this 12-month period. The Office of the Registrar schedules all PCE clerkship rotations for students (see PCE calendars below). During the post-PCE stage of their education (Years 3 and 4), all HMS medical students have the opportunity to schedule advanced clinical electives and are required to take a comprehensive exam (see post-PCE calendars below).