Required Clerkships

Clinical Bioethics

Syr/Bing Course #: CBHX2400 / INTD9500
Syr/Bing Course Credit: 1 / 1
Director: Thomas Curran, MD
Syr Administrator: Kathy Szczech
Site Director: Domenico Prato, MD
Bing Administrator: Donna Dranchok

In this longitudinal concurrent case-based course which spans the third year, students meet in small groups with a faculty tutor to discuss ethical issues presented in patient care and practice communication skills. Students bring their own cases for discussion, and faculty provide other cases to provide the opportunity to discuss and learn about ethical principles and a method of case analysis for ethical concerns raised in patient care. Advanced communication skills are addressed in this course.

Emergency Medicine Clerkship

Syr/Bing Course #: EMED1300 / 1400
Syr/Bing Course Credit: 3 / 3
Directors: Matthew Sarsfield, MD & Lindsay MacConaghy, MD
Syr Administrator: Kara Welch
Site Directors:
Stephen Gomez, MD & Kevin Corcoran, MD
Bing Administrator: Penny Holt

This three week rotation introduces students to core concepts and principles in Emergency Medicine. Emphasis is on focused history and physical examination skills, developing a differential diagnosis, and developing clinical care plans. Principles of trama care, shock and critically ill patients, and other acute life threatening illness will be taught in the clinical setting as well as in the Simulation Center.

Family Medicine Clerkship

Syr/Bing Course #: FAMP1600
Syr/Bing Course Credit: 5 / 5
Directors: Tom LaClair, MD
Syr Administrator: Sarah Lewis
Site Director:
Lazarus Gehring, MD
Bing Administrator: Donna Dranchok

"This ambulatory-based clerkship provides training in the basic tenets of primary, family-based care. Clinical preventive medicine and the treatment of acute and chronic diseases are emphasized in both clinical and didactic aspects of the clerkship.

What are the goals of the clerkship? The goals of the clerkship are for every medical student to:

  • have point-of-care training in a family doctor's office
  • demonstrate competence in the core knowledge and skills of family medicine
  • understand the role of the family physician

Additionally, students will recognize that high quality information, balanced with patient preferences and clinical judgement, is the basis for intelligent decision making. Developing an understanding of the intellectual process and acquiring the skills for life-long learning will assist students in achieving the goals of the Family Medicine Clerkship."

Internal Medicine Clerkship

Syr/Bing Course #: MDCN2000 / 2100
Syr/Bing Course Credit: 10 / 10
Director: Sarah Lappin, DO
Syr Administrator: Lisa Oliver
Site Director: Linda E. Fort, MD
Bing Administrator: Penny Holt

Through active participation in the care of inpatients and outpatients, the third-year student continues to develop knowledge and skill in diagnosis and acquire experience in the fundamentals of treatment.Students take medical histories, perform physical examinations and outline programs of treatment on assigned patients. Understanding of the biochemical, physiological and psychosocial phenomena which underlie the patients illnesses is developed in conferences and seminars.



Director: Jeanne Bishop, MD
Syr Administrator: Anne Lutz
Site Director: Rana Ahmad, MD
Bing Administrator: Penny Holt

Palliative Care (EPEC)

Director: Barbara Krenzer, MD
Syr Administrator: Gail Mead
Site Director: Rana Ahmad, MD
Bing Administrator: Penny Holt

Neuroscience Clerkship

Syr/Bing Course #: NEUR3000 / 2800
Syr/Bing Course Credit: 5 / 5
Michael Vertino, MD, Laura Simionescu, MD, David Carter, MD, PhD (Neurosurgery)
Syr Administrator: John Reidy
Site Directors: Yahia Lodi, MD & Saeed Bajwa, MD
Bing Administrator: Kelly Cortright

This five-week clerkship integrates neurology and neurosurgery instruction. Students see common and uncommon neurological disorders and obtain concentrated training in taking a neurological history and performing a neurologic examination. A core curriculum emphasizes neurologic topics common in general practice. Core Topics in ophthalmology are also included.

Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship

Syr/Bing Course #: OBGY3600 / 3800
Syr/Bing Course Credit: 5 / 5
Directors: John Folk, MD & Jodi Wallis, DO
Syr Administrator: Christine Rydelek
Site Director: Patrick Ruggiero, MD
Bing Administrator: Kelly Cortright

Core lectures and active participation in patient care form the basis for this clerkship. Provides clinical opportunities for students to develop skills and knowledge related to antepartum care, management of normal labor and delivery, care of the newborn, postpartum care, and common ambulatory and inpatient gynecologic concerns.

Pediatrics Clerkship

Syr/Bing Course #: PEDS5600 / 5800
Syr/Bing Course Credit: 5 / 5
Directors: Jennifer Nead, MD & Megan Pinnamaneni, MD
Syr Administrators: James Peacock
Site Directors: Leann Lesperance, MD & Gregory Scagnelli, MD
Bing Administrator: Melissa Rowley

Provides students with a basis for understanding the interrelationships of growth factors and development in health and disease. Students develop basic skills in taking pediatric histories; perform physical examinations on newborns, infants and older children; assess the childrens developmental levels; and interpret clinical data. Preventive pediatrics is emphasized.

Population Health for Physicians

Syr/Bing Course #: PRVM6400
Syr/Bing Course Credit: 0.5
Director: Travis Hobart, MD, MPH
Syr Administrator: Sarah Lewis
Site Director:Christopher Ryan, MD
Bing Administrator: Donna Dranchok

A longitudinal course covering public health, clinical prevention and emergency preparedness topics during the clinical rotations.

Psychiatry Clerkship

Syr/Bing Course #: PYCH6800 / 6900
Syr/Bing Course Credit: 5 / 5
Directors: Katherine Cerio, MD & Hilary Gamble, MD
Syr Administrator: Cassandra Read
Site Director: Leslie Major, MD
Bing AdministratorMelissa Rowley

In this five-week clerkship, students learn interviewing techniques, refine diagnostic skills, prepare case studies and participate in the treatment programs of the ward to which they are assigned. Liaison/consultation psychiatry is also emphasized. Students learn to evaluate patients in the ER and outpatient clinics. Faculty provide seminars to review psychopathology and treatment methods.

Surgery and Surgical Subspecialties Clerkship

Syr/Bing Course #: SURG8200 / 8300
Syr/Bing Course Credit: 7 / 7
Directors: Kwame Amankwah, MD & Roseanna Guzman-Curtis
Syr Administrator: Rebecca Bellini
Site Director: Leonard Anderson, MD
Bing Administrator: Penny Holt

During this clerkship, the student participates in the care and management of patients on general surgical services as well as subspecialty services. Bedside and operating room instruction is supplemented by lectures on selected surgical topics. Students learn to recognize problems of a surgical nature, to understand the relevant pathophysiology and to gain some familiarity with surgical therapy.

The RMED Experience


Syr Course #: FAMP1650
Syr Course Credit: 4-15
Director: Carrie Roseamelia, PhD 
Syr Administrator: Dorene McCann

This course is only available to students enrolled in the Rural Medical Education (RMED) program. The program is designed to recruit and provide specialized training to individuals interested in serving as physicians in a rural community or smaller city. RMED students complete the required Family Medicine, Surgery, and Emergency Medicine clerkship rotations at community hospitals across New York State. RMED students also complete 4 to 15 weeks of elective credit at their RMED sites. Emphasis is placed on the continuous and comprehensive care of patients. Students develop skills in the diagnosis and management of a wide range of common ambulatory and secondary hospital problems of patients across the age spectrum. Daily office hours with Family Medicine preceptor, inpatient rounds, laboratory, night call, hospital lectures, and case presentations are expected.