Hands-on clinical experience is critical to any medical curriculum, which is why PA Online students spend over half the program completing clinical rotations. Yale placement specialists identify and secure placement sites that uphold YSM’s academic and professional standards. Our specialists will attempt to place students near their home communities, however, students may need to travel to complete rotations if there are no sites available that meet Yale’s standards while allowing the student to remain at home. Any costs related to travel, housing or food for distant clinical sites are the responsibility of the student.
During clinical rotations, students gain real-world experience working in teams and honing the skills and knowledge learned in classes. Mandatory rotations represent a broad scope of medical practice, but students focus on a particular interest through elective rotations.
Students may work in a range of settings, such as inpatient hospital settings, outpatient primary care clinics, pediatric clinics, hospital emergency rooms, nursing homes, operating rooms, and psychiatric facilities.
Students complete rotations across seven focus areas:
Students complete three elective rotations which will last a total of 12 weeks. Sample elective rotations include:
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Surgical Intensive Care Unit
At no time are students required to identify or obtain clinical training sites for their education. Students may make recommendations to the program, but only the PA program can assign students to a given site during a specific time frame.
Students are not permitted to substitute for clinical or administrative staff during supervised clinical practice experiences. Violation of these policies will result in a referral to the Academic Affairs Committee.
To learn more about Yale PA Online, request information and an admissions counselor will contact you.