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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.

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.

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.

Required Clerkships

Due to COVID-19, 2020-2021 Phase 2, will consist of the following courses and clerkships:


  • Anesthesia (two weeks)
  • Radiology (two weeks)
  • Knowledge in Clinical Clerkships (KICC) Start (five weeks)


  • Family Medicine (three weeks)
  • Internal Medicine (six weeks)
  • Neurology (three weeks)
  • OB-GYN (three weeks)
  • Pediatrics (six weeks)
  • Psychiatry (three weeks)
  • Surgery (six 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.