Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

Downers Grove, IL Campus

Clinical Rotations

Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine

Core rotations are required and include assessment by both preceptor evaluations and post-rotation exams. Core rotations include: family medicine, internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, psychiatry, osteopathic manipulative medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, and emergency medicine. These rotations may not be done at out-of-system sites.

Students must also complete elective rotations in recognized fields of medicine. Examples of rotations include: anesthesiology, cardiology, family medicine, dermatology, gastroenterology, hematology/oncology, infectious disease, nephrology, neurology, neurosurgery, nuclear medicine/endocrinology/metabolism, obstetrics/gynecology, ophthalmology, orthopedic surgery, otorhinolaryngology, pathology, rheumatology/immunology, cardiovascular/thoracic surgery, urology and/or research.

Students may pursue elective clinical rotations at other osteopathic, allopathic, or military institutions. Elective rotations may also be taken in any of the required core rotation disciplines. Other elective choices are subject to review and approval by the Associate Dean of Clinical Education. Elective options are also subject to the limitations as noted in the clinical clerkship policies. Some elective rotations in the same specialty categories may be limited to 12 weeks.


Third and fourth year students have a one- to two-week holiday break at the end of each calendar year. In addition, students have a one-to two-week break at the end of third year prior to beginning fourth year rotations. Fourth year students have a one-week break for senior week/graduation preparation culminating in graduation.