Clerkship rotations provide third and fourth year students in Penn State College of Medicine the opportunities for clinical experiences after spending the first two years of medical school primarily in a classroom. During this training, students are required to rotate through different medical and surgical specialties and interact with patients under close physician supervision. Students review patient histories, complete physical examinations, write progress notes, and sometimes assist in surgeries and medical procedures. Hours are that of a full-time job, similar to residents. Students may also be required to work on weekends and be on-call.

For the last few years, Penn State Hershey faculty at University Park, as well as physicians from Mount Nittany Physician Group and the community, have teamed together to create eight clerkships for Penn State medical students:


Clerkship site directors at University Park have worked with clerkship directors at the Medical Center in Hershey to develop an equivalent curriculum on both campuses. The learning experience at University Park has been somewhat adapted based on the unique resources of a regional campus.

Simulation Laboratory

In collaboration with Penn State School of Nursing, regional campus medical students have access to a state-of-the-art simulation laboratory at University Park. Learn more.