Medical Student Clerkships

Our Graduate Medical Education Program has a strong commitment to medical student teaching. Eisenhower Medical Center routinely hosts medical students from the University of California, San Diego, the University of California, Riverside, University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and Loma Linda University School of Medicine where we have affiliation agreements established.

Third and Fourth Year medical students rotate each month through Eisenhower clerkships. We welcome fourth year medical students for their medicine sub-internship rotations.

The clerkship rotations that are currently available are:


  • Ambulatory Internal Medicine - The goal of this elective clerkship is to enable the medical student to gain competence in providing comprehensive medical care and coordination of care in the medical home environment. Students will improve their skills as effective communicators with patients and their families as they learn through direct patient care, addressing the psychological, social and economic determinants of health.
  • Cardiology - Work with world-class cardiologists and learn the basics of clinical cardiology by participating in new cardiology consultations in the hospital and office, follow-up of continuity patients and attending teaching rounds and other didactic sessions. Students will receive training in four cardiology subspecialties: preventive cardiology, cardiac imaging, procedures and electrophysiology.
  • Emergency Medicine - This four-week clerkship is designed for the student to see urgent and emergent cases independently, and then present the cases to the attending physician who will verify the H&P in order to develop a plan for evaluation, treatment, and disposition. The student will be exposed to the specialty of emergency medicine, experience the initial approach to patients in need of emergent medical care, and will become more comfortable with procedures common in emergency medicine.
  • Family Medicine - Explore our personalized patient-centered medical home practice in La Quinta, CA, our two to four week clerkship in an ambulatory, state-of-the-art facility, as well as in a nearby free clinic, and a large FQHC community clinic, with nationally recognized faculty in Family Medicine.
  • Geriatrics - This two to four week clerkship is designed to provide the medical student with an in-depth exposure to high-quality care for the elderly population. The rotation focuses on evaluation and management of the medical and psychosocial aspect of aging. It exposes the student to rehabilitation, chronic care, and ambulatory clinic, as well as inpatient consultations and hospice care.
  • HIV - This two to four week clerkship is designed to provide an in-depth exposure to primary care of the HIV adult patient in an outpatient setting. Students will precept with physicians in appointment-based practices, as well as affiliated sites including community clinics and a farm worker clinic in Mecca, CA.
  • Hospitalist - This two to four week clerkship is designed to provide an in-depth exposure to high quality care in the inpatient setting. The rotation focuses on evaluation and management of common hospital based internal medicine pathology and inpatient medical consultations on surgical patients, clinical case conferences and a Journal Club as time allows. This course exposes the student to code blues and rapid response teams as well.
  • Nephrology - This four-week clerkship is designed to provide an in-depth exposure to general nephrology with a focus on evaluation and management of in-patient nephrology care and ambulatory nephrology care with an emphasis on chronic kidney disease. Students will also have the opportunity for exposure to aspects of renal transplantation and procedures.
  • Sub-I elective - This two to four- week clerkship is designed for the student to appreciate and learn more about common Internal Medicine pathologies in a hospital setting. The rotation focuses on developing an assessment of patient problems and prioritizing differential diagnosis for each problem. Students will learn to create a formulated plan for pharmacologic therapies that are cost and therapeutically effective, demonstrate an awareness of the goal for the hospitalization and what will be needed for effective discharge planning, and articulate an understanding of the assessment needed for each of the problems utilizing appropriate laboratory and imaging.
  • Family Medicine Inpatient Sub-Internship - This four-week sub-internship is designed to include the fourth-year medical student as a core member of the Family Medicine Inpatient Service team. The sub-intern will assess acutely ill patients, formulate appropriate differential diagnoses, and develop evaluation and treatment plans using current evidence-based guidelines. Additionally, the sub-intern will model Family Medicine at the bedside by adopting a patient- and family-centered approach to care, engaging patients in shared decision-making, partnering with patients’ families of choice, and communicating with each patient’s primary care provider to improve care transitions from admission through discharge.

    • Coming soon: Sports Medicine, Sub-Internship IM/FM

The first half day of the rotation is an orientation day. Medical students are given a thorough orientation to Eisenhower Medical Center, EHR access, drug/urine test, discuss the rotation schedule, and suggested reading topics are given.


Turnkey furnished two-bedroom condominiums are provided free of charge for medical students conducting their clerkships while at Eisenhower Medical Center. These condominiums are located within private, guard-gated country clubs.


Our clerkships are all located in the Coachella Valley. Depending upon the clerkship, some travel is required daily. Clerkships that are conducted on the EMC campus are Cardiology, Hospitalist Medicine, and Medical Informatics. The clerkships that enjoy traveling from EMC clinics, underserved clinics, or skilled nursing facilities are Family Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, and HIV Primary Care Medicine.

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