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The Clinical Sciences prepare Saint James School of Medicine’s students to function effectively in a clinical setting.


The Clinical Sciences component of our top quality MD Program is completed over five semesters (80 weeks) at affiliated hospitals and clinical facilities in the US. Clinical training at Saint James School of Medicine is divided into 48 weeks of core clerkships and 32 weeks of elective clinical rotations.

Our students do USMLE prep and clinical rotations alongside students from some of America’s best medical schools at a fraction of the cost. Saint James School of Medicine has a strong established network of U.S. hospitals and clinical institutions and we continuously invest in growing this list.

  • UChicago Medicine AdventHealth (La Grange, Hinsdale, Bolingbrook, GlenOaks)*
  • McAllen Medical Center (McAllen, TX)*
  • South Texas Health System Heart Hospital (McAllen, TX)*
  • Edinburg Regional Medical Center (Edinburg, TX)*
  • South Texas Health System Behavioral (Edinburg, TX)*
  • Cornerstone Regional Hospital (Edinburg, TX)*
  • South Texas Health System Children’s Hospital (Edinburg, TX)*
  • Texas Tropical Behavioral Health (Edinburg, TX)*
  • Jackson Park Hospital (Chicago, IL)*
  • Insight Hospital & Medical Center (Chicago, IL)*
  • Beckley Appalachian Regional Healthcare Hospital (Beckley, WV)*
  • Ascension Regional Medical Center (Grand Blanc, MI)
  • Griffin Memorial Hospital (Norman, OK)
  • Kent County Memorial Hospital (Warwick, RI)
  • Waterbury Hospital (Waterbury, CT)
  • Franciscan Health-Olympia Fields (Olympia Fields, IL)
  • Yuma Regional Medical Center (Yuma, AZ)
  • Good Samaritan University Hospital (West Islip, NY)
  • Mercy Hospital (Rockville Centre, NY)
  • St. Catherine of Siena Hospital (Smithtown, NY)
  • St. Charles Hospital (Port Jefferson, NY)
  • St. Joseph (Bethpage, NY)
  • South Baldwin Regional Medical Center (Foley, AL)
  • Aultman Hospital (Canton, OH)

Updated 11/7/2023

*Core Affiliate Hospitals


During the Clinical Sciences, medical school students participate in patient care in hospitals while rotating through various medical specialties. Training includes physical examination, laboratory analysis, case presentations, clinical workshops and conferences. Medical students receive personalized guidance from the clinical faculty. This practical experience is the best way for you to develop the skills and knowledge you need for your residency.

Please find a sample list of our residents SJSM Sample Residency List


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MD4 Tina S. shares her story as a navy medic of many years, and how Saint James equipped her with the transferrable skills to become a licensed doctor.




Core and elective clinical rotations

Core clinical rotations

Internal Medicine (12 weeks)

The Internal Medicine Clerkship is 12 weeks long where students deal with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of the diseases in adulthood, including the management of undifferentiated and multi-system diseases. Clinical problem-solving in internal medicine is based on the integrated pathophysiological, psychosocial, epidemiological and all other “bedside” information to address urgent problems, manage chronic illness and promote health, using the best scientific evidence to patient care. The Internal Medicine Clerkship is a student’s main opportunity to improve his or her fundamental skills of data collection, clinical reasoning and understanding of the pathophysiological process in clinical settings, and to become familiar with the common acute and chronic illnesses in adults, their diagnoses and treatment as well as with screening methods and preventive medicine activities.

Surgery (12 weeks)

The 12-week General Surgery Clerkship is designed to be an introduction to surgery and selected surgical subspecialties at our various teaching hospitals. Students are assigned to the inpatient surgical wards and outpatient clinics. The students are taught the approach to the surgical patient and participate in pre- and postoperative care as well as perform certain invasive techniques safely. By the end of rotation, students are expected to know the indications and the contradictions and the role of ancillary services in managing surgical diseases.

OB-GYN (6 weeks)

Obstetrics and Gynecology is a 6-week core rotation that provides students the opportunity to participate in comprehensive health care for women from childhood through the adolescence, reproductive and menopause years, and beyond. This clerkship offers both inpatient and outpatient clinical experience, and is integrated to provide students with an understanding of routine OB/GYN care performed in the physician’s office. The primary focus is obstetrical conditions and gynecological problems commonly encountered by the physician. Students will observe and perform selected procedures necessary to provide antepartum, post-partum, and pre- and post-operative care of gynecological patients. Students will be required to take call, attend conferences, and read suggested literature under the supervision of residents and attending physicians.

Pediatrics (6 weeks)

The Pediatric Clerkship is a 6-week course that addresses health care issues unique to infants, children and adolescents. It integrates biology, clinical and behavioral sciences with psychosocial, cultural, family, community and other influences on children’s health and well-being, within the framework of expected growth and development. The emphasis is placed on basic issues and commonly occurring illnesses, but other less common problems may sometimes need to be included. Students will have the opportunity to participate in the clinical activities of both general 18 19 and subspecialty pediatric services, to study the impact of the disease and treatment of the disease on growth and development, and on patient and family and community. They will also have the opportunity to participate in health supervision and recognition of common health problems, in the prevention of disease and injury and other activities relevant to pediatric issues. Those opportunities will be met by both inpatients and outpatients.

Psychiatry (6 weeks)

The Psychiatry Clerkship is a 6-week course. Students will have the opportunity to participate in the studies and treatment of various common affective, behavioral, cognitive and perceptual disorders. Students will achieve the competencies in the field of psychiatry through clinical hands-on experience, directly, or as a part of consult/liaison team, through patient encounters, through clinical teaching and a structured didactic program and under the guidelines and supervision of the residents and attending physicians. The students’ clinical experience will be supplemented by the directed readings, discussions with preceptors, completion of required written reports, case presentations, attendance at grand rounds, medical conferences, team meetings, floor rounds and assignments, didactic presentations and student readings appropriate to the care of the student’s own patients. Students will get the opportunity to participate in research projects and to present clinical and scientific information, both orally and in writing, to colleagues and other health professionals.

Family Medicine (6 weeks)

Family Medicine is a 6-week clerkship for third-year medical students. It encompasses continuing, comprehensive care of patients of all ages, both genders, and of their families as well. Family medicine integrates biological, clinical, social and behavioral sciences with psychosocial, cultural, family, community and other influences on people’s health. Under the guidelines and the supervision of faculty/preceptors and attending physicians, students achieve the competencies in the field of family medicine primarily through ambulatory clinical experience, with the main focus on the management of chronic diseases, health maintenance, and undiagnosed new problems. During this rotation, students integrate, expand and refine their clinical skills and become familiar with the coordinated health care provided by a family practitioner. Screening and prevention are very important parts of this rotation. Students may as well participate in research activities.

TOTAL 48 weeks

Elective clinical rotations

Emergency Medicine*
Allergy and Immunology
Critical Care Medicine
Emergency Medicine
Family Practice
General Medicine
Infectious Diseases

Occupational Medicine
Rehabilitation Medicine
Surgical subspecialties

TOTAL 32 weeks

This is a partial list of possible elective rotations.
* Mandatory Elective

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