Medical Student Rotations Contact

Program Manager, Laura Volk
Fax: 614-292-0745
1190C Graves Hall
333 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Barb Ferguson
Office of Medical Education

Clinical Experiences in Your Third and Fourth Year

This is when you become well-oriented and skilled with routine functioning in a hospital. You will interact with patients by taking physicals or health histories, enter their records into the electronic system, coordinate with nurses and staff and put your training to work.

Neurology Rotations

For students in neurology, the third and fourth year will be spent according to the general rotation curriculum for The Ohio State University’s College of Medicine Med 3 and 4 Curriculum. Four weeks will be dedicated to the specialty of neurology, with a goal of reinforcing the principles and skills underlying the recognition and management of the neurologic diseases you will most likely encounter as a general practitioner.

During the 11 months of rotation in your fourth year, you are required to complete eight curricular credits, each with approximately 150 hours of activity, organized as one-month rotations. You also have four months of elective rotations.

Contact Information

Sue F. Buchan 
Medical Education/Fellowship Coordinator 

Neurological Surgery Rotations

Students following The Ohio State University’s College of Medicine rotations curriculum attend one month of rotations in Neurosurgery Service at University Hospital, Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Riverside Methodist Hospital.

You will round with the residents in the morning and take in-hospital calls every fourth night with the resident. If you have enough experience, during the fourth year you may act as a sub-intern. Neurosurgery residents teach you neurological examination, diagnosis and management of neurosurgical emergencies and the principles of head and spine injury management.

Learn more about Neurosurgery rotations

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Rotations

Fourth-year medical students interested in a rotation in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation should contact:

Mary Ann Sparks
Residency Program Coordinator

Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Rotations

During their third year of medical school, students participate in an eight-week clerkship (rotations) of psychiatry and neurology. Four weeks are spent on psychiatry services, where students have the opportunity to rotate at adult inpatient, child and adolescent inpatient or consultation services at Ohio State Harding Hospital or with our affiliate community hospital, Twin Valley Behavioral Healthcare Hospital.

In addition to their daily patient care responsibilities, students observe electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) and participate in weekly quiz reviews, lectures and a rigorous clinical skills exercise. Students complete the psychiatry National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) subject exam at the conclusion of the clerkship. Psychiatry faculty and residents provide supervision and teaching.

During their fourth year, students may choose to participate in elective rotations in psychiatry. In addition to patient care, you have the opportunity to participate and conduct a formal case presentation. Students continue to receive oversight from faculty and have options for elective rotations that include:

  • Advanced adult clinical psychiatry with intern level duties and experiences
  • Child and adolescent psychiatry, with responsibilities on the child and adolescent unit

  • Consultation/liaison psychiatry

  • Research in psychiatry

  • Other options specific to career or clinical interests, arranged with the director of education

Visiting Medical School Students

Students from schools outside OSU are welcome to apply for rotations through the College of Medicine. At this time, we are not accepting applications for international students.

If you have questions about Visiting Electives, contact Barb Ferguson.

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