Clinical Rotations/Affiliate Hospitals

Halfway through the MD program, upon passing the Final Pre-Clinical Examination, students have to begin clinical rotations at a regionally accredited  teaching hospital, locally, interstate or internationally. All rotations are subject to availability. The best source of clinical rotations remains the network of hospitals and clinics at which OUM students and faculty have secured positions over the years.   Clinical rotations are arranged by the student, with assistance from OUM staff, and taken at teaching hospitals, as they are in traditional medical schools. OUM students have taken clerkships at teaching hospitals in Australia, New Zealand, India, Nepal, Samoa and the American states of Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

During core rotations, students are assigned to the clinical supervisor at the teaching facility to complete clerkship training. At the teaching hospital, students should work side-by-side with students from other medical schools on clinical activities established by the host hospital. During this portion of the curriculum, OUM will also provide students with case assignments and other relevant curriculum materials that support and enhance the clinical rotation.

Together with the hands-on work, students complete PBL cases, directed learning activities, and supportive lectures associated with the clerkship. Students are also required to view daily lectures and take a corresponding written examination upon completion of each core clerkship. Clinical students will have an opportunity to train in both ambulatory and in-patient hospital settings.

OUM’s regional deans have responsibility for securing and maintaining affiliate teaching relationships with hospitals and other clinical sites that agree to provide clinical rotations to OUM’s third- and fourth-year students. The deans also manage student clinical experiences.

As students progress to their second year of preclinical studies, they consult with their regional dean to determine what clerkship opportunities exist at that time and to identify additional locations that may be of interest to them. Whenever possible, OUM will leverage strong mentor and student contacts to establish clinical training opportunities near a student’s location of preference; however, this cannot always be accomplished and relocation may be necessary in order to complete years three and four.

Dr. Meshach Kirubakaran, MBBS,MD, is Dean for Australia and is responsible for evaluating and developing suitable clinical clerkships for students in Australia. In addition to guiding students through the clerkship process, Dr. Kirubakaran will ensure that the OUM clinical curriculum is on par with international licensure requirements. A Physician Consultant and Nephrologist at Mildura Base Hospital, Dr. Kirubakaran has served as Professor of Nephrology at Christian Medical College in India and also has taught at Monash University, the University of Sydney, and Alice Springs Hospital in Australia.  In addition to MBBS, MD, and DM in Nephrology degrees from the University of Madras in India, Dr. Kirubakaran has a Master of Health Administration from the University of New South Wales and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.

Dr. Chellaraj Benjamin, MD, Dean for New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific, is focusing his initial efforts to establish additional clinical opportunities in New Zealand and South India teaching facilities. He is a radiation oncologist in Auckland and coordinator of the government-sponsored New Zealand Medical Treatment Program. In that capacity, Dr. Benjamin has colleague contacts throughout numerous South Pacific island nations. He has been associated with OUM for several years, scheduling guest lecturers for the OUM campus, supervising clinical students, and evaluating training sites, as well as researching new programs.