Medical Student Rotations

We offer both Ambulatory and Inpatient elective rotations for fourth year students attending LCME and AOA accredited medical schools.

St. Mary’s has student affiliation agreements with both the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) and Creighton University School of Medicine. Most ward teams have 1-3 third-year medical students at any given time.

1. Pulmonary Medicine (ID #140.48 - UCSF)

Fourth-year elective / designed to introduce students to evaluation and management of patients with a variety of pulmonary diseases.

2. UCSF Longitudinal Clinical Experience LCE Course (ID# 111)

Third-year longitudinal ambulatory rotation in the Continuity Clinic, Sr Mary Philippa Health Center (SMMC) for the underserved urban minority populations. 

3.  Internal Medicine Sub-Internships

Fourth-year elective (4-week minimum) @ St. Mary's Medical Center.

How To Apply

  • UCSF student rotations offered at St. Mary’s:  apply through UCSF Department of Medicine Student Program Office (415) 476-1964
  • Creighton University School of Medicine rotations: apply through Creighton University.
  • St. Mary’s Sub-Internships: follow instructions on applying online:

If you are currently a 4th year medical student interested in applying for a 4-week sub-internship in the Department of Medicine please be advised that a partial application (send only those documents listed below) must be submitted to the Internal Medicine Residency Coordinator at least 3 months in advance of requested timeframe. Applications for clerkships are subject to approval based on criteria and availability.

The Sub-Internship in Internal Medicine requires a minimum of 4-weeks. At conclusion of four weeks we provide your student affairs coordinator with a completed evaluation by the attending and team resident. During a Sub-Internship students function as an integral member of a ward team and are expected to carry responsibilities similar to interns, i.e. patient care, on-call duty, pager-responsive, attend lectures, morning report, noon conferences and Grand Rounds. Students are provided complimentary lunch and on-call meals and are welcome to use the Residents’ Lounge.

Students are not provided lodging, stipends, health insurance, liability insurance, lab coats, laundry service, or parking. Parking is available in the hospital’s main garage for a daily fee and street parking is available. Students are required to demonstrate they received training in HIPAA through their school, and must provide proof that their school covers them for malpractice insurance. Students are required to bring their own lab coat which must be worn at all times during patient contact. Students must bring school photo ID badge; students are issued a SMMC photo ID badge upon arrival. Additionally, students are required to complete our hospital’s mandatory background screening 3-4 weeks in advance of the rotation start date. Note: you will be further advised on the background screening process pending approval of your application.

Please include ONLY the following documents when applying:

  1. Current CV
  2. Half-page summary describing your specific interest in Internal Medicine,  including your reasons for wanting to participate in an elective rotation at St Mary’s Medical Center. We also recommend that you take this opportunity to include important information about yourself that you would like to share with the Clerkship Director.
  3. Reference letter from faculty (physician) who supervised you during your third-year medicine rotation (on letterhead and signed).
  4. List all volunteer work you have done working with the underserved.
  5. USMLE Step 1 Score (or COMLEX equivalent)
  6. Attachment A  Student Information Page
  7. Attachment B (section I only)  please do not complete Section II at this time
  8. Attachment C; Medical Student Contact Information

Send the above requested documents to: 

Kathy Banks, Residency Coordinator
Internal Medicine Residency, SMMC
Email: [email protected] / Fax: (415) 750-8149  

Following approval of applications student will receive an email tentatively confirming rotation dates and requesting additional documentation, i.e. the complete Application to include Attachment B, Section II: a letter from the your Dean or authorized school official (on letterhead w/contact #s) approving your rotation/dates.

Review of complete application will commence registration/ final confirmation of rotation dates; incomplete applications will not be accepted. Please note we require an AAMC Uniform Affiliation Agreement with your school prior to beginning a rotation.

Please be advised that our Medical Center does not offer observerships or externships.