Clinical Core

Phase III Clerskhips & Phase IV

The Clinical Core Curriculum (Legacy & Foothills)* 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 Legacy & Foothills clerkships must be completed at University of Colorado School of Medicine and course approved sites, including the AHEC (Area Health Education Centers) system.

Please note: The School of Medicine’s Curriculum has undergone reform. Please visit this page for more information on how curriculum looks for the 2025 student class and beyond.

Office of Curriculum Contact Information —Classes of 2022, 2023, and 2024  

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