Clinical clerkships are an integral part of the MPAS program at the MGH Institute. During these experiences students apply and reinforce their clinical and patient management skills. The breadth of clinical settings offers future physician assistants the ability to acquire skills and competencies in a variety of settings.

All clerkships are five weeks in length and will be composed of the core, required clinical experiences which include family and internal medicine, women’s health, pediatrics, general surgery, emergency medicine, and psychiatry, along with two additional elective clerkships. The order of participation in each required discipline and elective assignments will depend on site availability and student needs

Information on clerkship placements:

Access to World-Class Health Care Facilities

The last 13 months of the MPAS program is devoted to clinical clerkships in some of the top medical facilities in the world.

Students take advantage of the MGH Institute’s membership in New England’s largest health care organization, Partners HealthCare System, which provides unparalleled access to such renowned affiliate hospitals as Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Spaulding Rehabilitation Network.

Students as well enjoy access to leading practitioners in the Metropolitan Boston area who serve as faculty and mentors.

What Makes MGH Institute Students Different

Early in the first year, students begin participating in clinical practice, ensuring real-world application of classroom lessons, allowing students to continually connect theory with practice.

Clerkships are completed in a variety of clinical and practice settings. Students are exposed to a variety of clients across the lifespan and to a variety of settings, with particular emphasis on primary care for urban, underserved populations. 

Our focus on experiential learning, in addition to our Institute-wide IMPACT (Interprofessional Model for Patient and Client-Centered Teams) curriculum, facilitates critical thinking and team-based problem-solving. Participating in these and other learning opportunities will allow students to be better prepared for clerkship training with increased confidence in communicating and delivering care.

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