Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Glendale, AZ Campus

Clinical Rotations

College of Osteopathic Medicine

Required Third Year Core Rotations

Core rotations are required rotations that include assessment by a preceptor evaluation and a post rotation examination and, in some cases, small group participation.  Core third year rotations include: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Cardiology, Psychiatry, and Obstetrics/Gynecology. There is a required elective rotation and a required rural rotation in third year. All required rotations, including the third year elective and rural rotation, must be done at established Midwestern University/AZCOM rotation sites.

Required Fourth Year Rotations

Fourth year students complete core rotations in Emergency Medicine and Critical Care and required rotations in sub-specialty medicine and subspecialty surgery. They may complete a maximum of 20 weeks of rotations in any one discipline.

Students must successfully complete a minimum of 24 weeks of elective rotations during their fourth year in recognized disciplines of medicine. Students may schedule one four week elective at an approved site in international medicine and/or research.

Elective clinical rotations may be done at preapproved institutions, including military, in states in which Midwestern University has a license or agreement to send its students.  To be eligible for academic credit, elective rotation schedules must be planned with the assistance of, and approval by, the appropriate clinical Department Chair.


There is a one to two week holiday break at the end of the calendar year during the third and fourth years. In addition, there is a one week break for senior week/graduation preparation culminating in graduation for fourth year students.

Students may arrange academic breaks to attend out-of-area interviews, study for and/or take COMLEX-USA Level 2 CE, and/or Level 2 PE by following the policies set forth in the current rotation manual. Academic breaks taken during scheduled rotation time must be made up.