Phase 2 (Year 3)

Phase 2 marks the beginning of clinical clerkships. During clerkships, students gain hands-on specialty-specific skills that will help them choose a specialty for residency. Transitions 2 and Intersessions supplement clinical experiences with vital information that expands student knowledge.

Mandatory Compliance Checklist

All students are required to complete compliance tasks prior to beginning Phase 2.

Orientation to Clerkships (OTC)

Updated for the Class of 2021

  • Time:
    • 7-8 am (Optional Breakfast)
    • 8-5 pm (Mandatory Time)
    • 5-7 pm (Optional Reception)
  • Date: Monday, April 8
  • Location: Hine Hall, 875 W North Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202. View an IUPUI Map for more information.
  • Parking information:

Orientation to Clerkships (OTC) is a mandatory one-day experience that occurs in person in Indianapolis for all students just before beginning Transitions 2 and then Phase 2. Orientation to Clerkships is an opportunity to celebrate the transition to clinical training, with helpful tips and a rededication ceremony.

What to expect at Orientation to Clerkships

At Orientation to Clerkships, students:

  • Learn what to expect during Phase 2 training
  • Meet statewide clerkship directors
  • Hear from colleagues about their experiences during Phase 2 and beyond
  • Engage with career mentors and specialty information through the Career Development Office and Career Networking lunch
Housing Information

Housing is being provided for all students coming from other campuses to Indianapolis for April 7 – 9. These housing arrangements are made through campus coordinators. The host hotels are located in downtown Indianapolis within close proximity of IU. A complimentary shuttle service is available.

If you have not requested housing through your campus, please note that the deadline for housing requests is April 1, 2019. If you have any questions about housing, please contact

2019 Agenda (Class of 2021)
Hine Hall Lobby
7:15 – 7:45 amRegistration and Breakfast
8 – 8:05 amIntroductionJennifer E Schwartz, MD
Assistant Dean for Medical Student Education, Phase 2
8:05 – 8:15 amWelcomeBradley Allen, MD, PhD
Senior Associate Dean for Medical Student Education
8:15 – 9 amWhat is Phase 2?Jennifer E Schwartz, MD
9 – 9:45 amYour Professional PersonaMary Ciccarelli, MD
Professor of Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics
9:45 – 10 amBreak
10 – 10:30 amTransitions 2 OverviewEsteban Ramirez, DO, MBA
Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine
10:30 – 11:30 amClerkship Director PanelLeeAnn Cox, MD
Statewide Clerkship Director-Internal Medicine
John Christenson, MD
Statewide Clerkship Director-Pediatrics
Katie Stanton, MD
Statewide Clerkship Director-Surgery
Scott Renshaw, MD
Statewide Clerkship Director-Family Medicine
Joanne Wojcieszek, MD
Statewide Clerkship Director-Neurology
Megan Christman, DO
Statewide Clerkship Director-OB-GYN
Nancy Butler, MD
Statewide Clerkship Director-Psychiatry
Sally Mitchell, EdD
Assistant Statewide Clerkship Director-Anesthesia
11:30 – 11:35 amAnnouncementsJennifer E Schwartz, MD
Van Nuys Medical Science Building
11:35 am – 1:10 pmCareer Networking LunchResidency Directors
Hine Hall Auditorium
1:10 -1:50 pmWork/Ward Management: Coming into your JobChief Residents and Fourth-Year Students
1:50 – 2:25 pmThe Impact You Can Have on PatientsGold Humanism Honor Society Student Panel
2:25 – 3:10 pmAdvising and Career MentoringDebra Rusk, MD
Assistant Dean for Career Mentoring
Abigail Klemsz, MD, PhD
Assistant Dean for Academic Advising
3:10 – 3:25 pmBreak
3:25 – 4:15 pmGroup Advising and Campus NavigationLead Advisors
4:15 – 5 pmThriving in the Clinical Years and Rededication CeremonyEmily Walvoord, MD
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
5 – 6:30 pmReception

Professional Photo Opportunities for Regional Campus Students

What: Professional photos for clinical campus/program sites, ERAS applications, away rotations and the class composite (students who don’t not get their photo taken will be listed as “not pictured” in the graduating class composite).
Who: Students who are not located in Indianapolis (Indianapolis students will have opportunities during T2)
Cost: $45
What to wear: Business professional clothing
Where: Hine Hall
When: 5 – 7 pm, April 8, 2019

Bloomington & Muncie5:00 – 5:15 pm
Evansville & West Lafayette 5:15 – 5:30 pm
Fort Wayne5:30 – 5:45 pm
Northwest-Gary5:45 – 6:00 pm
South Bend6:00 – 6:15 pm
Terre Haute6:15 – 6:30 pm

Transitions 2 (T2)

Transitions 2 (T2) is a mandatory two-week course at beginning of Phase 2. The course builds upon Phase 1 experiences by helping students develop the skills required to serve as a high-functioning member of a health care team during Phase 2 and beyond.

What to Expect During Transitions 2

After Orientation to Clerkships, students go to the campus they will primarily be located on for Phase 2 to complete the remainder of Transitions 2. Transitions 2 includes an integrated series of lectures, small group discussions, online modules and case-based learning. There will be no exam during Transitions 2. However, students can expect to:

  • Learn how to effectively communicate with patients and colleagues
  • Review how to develop a hypothesis-driven prioritized list of differential diagnoses along with an assessment and plan
  • Receive an introduction to common procedures that occur during clerkships such as IV placement, NG tube use and more
  • Experience longitudinal patient care from the point of admission to the point of discharge

Students complete Transitions 2 at their home campus during Phase 2. In certain circumstances, students have made alternate arrangements with the approval of Dr. Jennifer Schwartz, assistant dean for medical student education, Phase 2.

If you have any questions or concerns about where you are placed for Transitions 2, please reach out to Dr. Jennifer Schwartz prior to March 22.

Important Transitions 2 Facts
  • Attendance: Attendance at Transitions 2 is mandatory
  • Schedule: The Transitions 2 schedule is typically 6-8 hours per day during normal business hours. Students can expect to work on clinical cases for a couple hours some nights.
  • Housing: Housing is provided for students whose home campus is outside of Indianapolis during Orientation to Clerkships (OTC) in Indianapolis on Monday, April 8. Housing is available for those students the nights of Sunday, April 7 and Monday, April 8.
  • Independent Time/Compliance Time: There is built-in time for completion of some compliance tasks during Transitions 2. These tasks are not a direct requirement of Transitions 2. However, students should use this time to complete mandatory tasks that are due by the end of Transitions 2 that they have not yet completed. Some should be completed prior to Transitions 2. See the Mandatory Compliance Checklist for more information about timelines.
  • Special Night Vision Ultrasound Event: Night Vision, an optional point of care ultrasound event takes place Sunday, April 7, the day before Transitions 2 begins.
Professional Photo Opportunities for Indianapolis Students

What: Professional photos for clinical campus/program sites, ERAS applications, away rotations and the class composite (students who don’t not get their photo taken will be listed as “not pictured” in the graduating class composite).
Who: Students who are located in Indianapolis (Regional campus students have opportunities during OTC)
Cost: $45
What to wear: Business professional clothing
Where: University Hospital Room 6049
When: April 17, 18 and 19 (See schedule below)

MSK Review TimePicture time
1-3 pm April 173-5 pm April 17
3-5 pm April 171-3 pm April 17
8-10 am April 1810 am-noon April 18
10 am-noon April 188-10 am April 18
1-3 pm April 183-5 pm April 18
3-5 pm April 181-3 pm April 18
8-10 am April 1910 am-noon April 19
10-noon April 198-10 am April 19
1-3 pm April 193-5 pm April 19
3-5 pm April 191-3 pm April 19

Can’t make it so one of these sessions?

  1. Make an appointment at Prestige Portraits, 2325 Pointe Pkwy Suite 140, Carmel, IN 46032 by calling 317-564-2592. If you need to leave a message, your call will be returned within 24 hours.
  2. Additional sessions will be scheduled in May and June on regional campuses. Dates to be announced soon.

Transitions 2 FAQs

Are there tests during T2?

There will be no exams for this course. However, you will be provided formative feedback on your assignments such as a history and physical, SOAP notes, oral presentations, patient handoffs, procedures, etc.

What am I going to learn and gain from T2?

This is high yield material that is meant to prime you for your clerkships. Many of the tasks that you will be doing in clerkship will be reviewed and performed including some medical procedures.


Intersessions are mandatory curricular days that cover elements of the curriculum that are longitudinal in nature and introduce material that transcends all clerkships. Intersessions are designed so that students do not miss any clerkship duties.

What is Covered During Intersessions

There are three main components to Intersessions:

  1. Behavioral Health and Communication Skills: During these small group sessions students will discuss effective approaches for communication skills in healthcare environments. These sessions will include strategies for challenging clinical situations, discussions of behavioral health symptoms and treatments, and opportunities to practice assessment of and appropriate communications with patients, family members, and other healthcare providers.
  2. Reflective Practice: During these small group sessions students will discuss a wide variety of topics including medical ethics, dealing with conflict, and professional relationships with patients and coworkers
  3. Community Health Improvement Project (CHIP): Student will meet in a small group, most often in person, but at times virtually, to tackle a public health issue affecting their community, exploring the potential impact of policy changes on patients, underserved populations, and health care providers.

Required Clerkships

Clerkships provide valuable clinical experiences that help students choose a specialty and prepare for residency.

  • Anesthesia (two weeks)
  • Family Medicine (four weeks)
  • Internal Medicine (eight weeks)
  • Neurology (four weeks)
  • OB-GYN (four weeks)
  • Pediatrics (eight weeks)
  • Psychiatry (four weeks)
  • Surgery (eight weeks)

Will I have rotations on campuses other than my home campus?

Students will be placed throughout the state for their Family Medicine rotation, Additionally, students may be placed at another campus for one additional rotation. Housing is provided for these rotations.

Why may my Family Medicine rotation take place in another location? Family Medicine aims to maximize the student learning experience by placing students 1:1 with a preceptor throughout the rotation. This allows students to become familiar with the patient population and longitudinal follow-up in a community setting.


Instead of taking a vacation month during Phase 2, students may take any IU School of Medicine elective that is approved for third-year students, including up to two Career Exploration Electives. Additionally, during the two-week period juxtaposed with anesthesia, students may take a two-week elective or vacation.