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Clinical Experiences

WesternU podiatric medical students learn at the bedside, not just from textbooks. Beginning in their first year, students gain experience in a broad range of clinical practices.

Year 
Length
Clinical Setting
1
10 weeks

Western University of Health Sciences

  • Service learning opportunities in pediatrics and geriatrics
1-2
20 weeks
Western University of Health Sciences
  • Working with standardized patients and simulations
3
42 weeks
Local
Clinic and hospital rotations at local WesternU affiliated sites including:
  • General Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Surgery Subspecialty: Vascular Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Medicine Subspecialty: Endocrinology, Infectious Disease, Cardiology, Pulmonology, Rheumatology
  • Podiatric Medicine
     
4
42 weeks
Local & National
Clinic, hospital and private practice rotations at WesternU affiliated sites including:
  • General Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Surgery Subspecialty: Vascular Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Medicine Subspecialty: Endocrinology, Infectious Disease, Cardiology, Pulmonology, Rheumatology
  • Podiatric Medicine
  • Pediatric Medicine

Rotation Sites
Students receive a superior education and rich patient volumes during their rotations, which starts at the beginning of the third year. Rotations are at teaching hospitals affiliated with academic health centers, and well-known hospitals in the Southern California area. These include Olive View UCLA Medical Center, the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Riverside University Health System Medical Center, Valley Presbyterian Hospital and the WesternU Patient Care Center.

Students choose their third and fourth year clinical rotations in consultation with their faculty mentor and graduate medical education specialists. Fourth year rotations can be in most any state that you select. If you desire to be an extern at a qualified hospital that we do not currently have an affiliation agreement, we will work with you to develop one.

Equipped with early and lengthy exposure to clinical practice, you will be more than prepared to meet the demands of your career in podiatric medicine.

Excellent Clinical Preparation
Clinical rotations are developed to provide you diverse experiences in different patient population and in an integrated interdisciplinary environment. This type of learning exposure will prepare and provide you advantages for your residency selection.