I hear that one can take the clerkship "in town" or "out of town".

The majority of students will take the clerkship in town, but one can arrange an out of town experience according to the guidelines below. Out of town is considered 55 miles or more away from campus. 


How do I sign up for the clerkship if I want to take it in town?

At least 42 days prior to the month in which you will do your Primary Care rotation, students will take the Primary Care Request Form (IDIS 5100) to Pio Poe in MCN D3100. This form is available online https://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/registrar/forms or in the Registrar’s Office. 


How do I sign up for the clerkship if I want to take it out of town?

Students can gain credit for the Primary Care Medicine requirement in a primary care setting in another area of the US, with approval of the course director. It is the student’s responsibility to find the out of town experience and to make travel and housing arrangements. The student must find a suitable mentor at the outside site who will agree to;

  • Carry out the course objectives as outlined at this site
  • Provide a clinical experience where students see patients independently but under the guidance of a preceptor in a primary care setting for at least 28 half days
  • Take responsibility for monitoring the student's performance and for providing feedback to the course directors using the online evaluation form of this site

Students who wish to fulfill this course requirement out of the Nashville area must complete the Primary Care Form (IDIS 5150) with the preceptor’s name, address, email, phone and fax numbers. The form should be delivered to the Registrar's Office <MedRegistrar@Vanderbilt.edu> no later than 90 days prior to the start of the rotation. She will then finalize any details with the away site concerning requirements and grading.

It is the student’s responsibility to contact the practice to see if any additional paperwork is needed from the Registrar’s Office concerning enrollment verification or liability insurance. The practice may also require an affiliation agreement with Vanderbilt, so there must be time to complete this required paperwork.


I don’t see my Primary Care month on my schedule.

Primary Care will be added to your schedule 42 days prior to the start of your month’s work to facilitate any changes that may occur up to that time.


I hear that I can do Primary Care through an immersion course.

Students who wish to meet the requirement for Primary Care through an immersion course will need to see the Registrar for details.


What is the best way to communicate with course directors and administrators? 

We ask the students to use email to contact faculty and staff. The offfice is in D3100 (MCN) Medical Center North building.