• Core Clerkships
    The LMU program organizes its third year clinical rotations uniquely. Students work at three main hospitals, Hurley, McLaren and Genesys, as well as outpatient clinics around the community. Students work directly with the attending physicians and residents, benefiting from a significant amount of one-on-one attention, teaching, and learning. Many attending physicians at the Flint campus have received CHM awards for excellence in teaching and commitment to their medical students. Students are exposed to a spectrum of different clinical settings ranging from private clinics and hospitals to government-run facilities.
  • Underserved Required in the International or Local Urban/Rural Setting

    LMU students spend eight weeks during their 4th year at international or local urban/rural underserved sites providing medical care and health education.

    International Elective:

    Students work in affiliation with the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC). Previous sites have included: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Peru, El Salvador, India, and Uganda.

    Students have the opportunity to:

    • Learn about health disparities that afflict underserved international communities.
    • Improve medical Spanish skills through Spanish classess and daily public health and clinical interactions
    • Learn how to be resourceful and best serve an underserved population with limited means
    • Evaluate the needs of a population, and devise plans regarding how to address these needs
    • Rotate through outpatient and inpatient settings, which may include internal medicine, pediatrics, radiology, obstetrics & gynecology, surgery, and emergency care
    • Develop and implement public health initiatives

    Depending on the specific needs of the the country traveled, students may be required to:

    • Conduct first aid training classes for local residents
    • Engage in retrospective research studies
    • Conduct community health surveys
    • Give vaccinations and perform well-child check-ups
    • Educate and train local residents about clean water filtration systems
    • Present health education programs about:
      • Dental Health
      • Good nutrition
      • Reproductive and sexual health
      • Hygiene
      • Safety
      • Growth and development

    Housing accommodations vary based on country of stay. Previous accommodations have included hostels and home stays with local families.

  • Local Urban/Rural Elective

    Students who do not wish to travel internationally have the option of staying in Michigan and participating in a local clerkship instead. With the input and approval of the LMU Curriculum Development Specialist, students design their own eight-week schedules. The design of the local urban/rural elective is limited only by the practicality of finding physicians in mid-Michigan who are willing to work one-on-one with medical students, a task the Curriculum Development Specialist undertakes on the student's behalf. Emphasis on public health programming for select populations is required.

    For example, one medical student's schedule was arranged as follows:

    • Migrant clinic family medicine with Spanish-speaking patients--every Monday and Wednesday (Imlay City)
    • Psychiatry at a jail, a community mental health clinic, and a free clinic--every Thursday (Bay City)
    • Urgent care clinic--one Friday (West Branch)
    • General surgery--one Friday (Saginaw)
    • Rural outpatient family medicine--every Tuesday and Friday (Owosso)
    • Emergency medicine--one Saturday (Saginaw)

    This local urban/rural elective is a new feature of LMU, and thus it continues to evolve. Input from students is appreciated and encouraged!