Introduction to Clinical Clerkship
and Current List of Clerkships Available
Clinical clerkship information
- Approximately 650 medical students rotate at Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC) each year. The professional staff enjoys teaching and prides itself on providing each student with a quality education and training experience.
- No clerkships are scheduled during the month of December.
- Clerkship application is to be submitted no earlier than four (4) months prior to projected clerkship start date.
- Inprocessing for all students is on Monday at 0700 (7:00A.M.) in Room 9A 008A. If Monday falls on a Federal holiday then inprocessing will take place on Tuesday.
- Clerkships are generally four to six weeks, but variations in rotation length may be accommodated.
- All students must possess a current Basic Life Support (BLS) card. Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) card is not acceptable. In addition, meet other requirements such as Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act, occupational health and network/computer access for TAMC.
- Students are accepted for active duty military training or as civilian affiliates.
- While priority is given to students in the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS), TAMC is usually able to accommodate civilian students wishing to schedule clerkships.
- All students need to discuss their choice of clerkship with appropriate personnel at their school prior to applying for a clerkship as you may find you have conflicts with board exams, school requirements, etc.
- For medical students who are specifically interested in internship training at TAMC, personal interviews are strongly encouraged at the time of your clerkship.
- Civilian and HPSP students must have a letter of good standing from there Dean of Student Affairs; mailed to the Department of the Army, ATTN: MCHK-HE-ME (Student Coordinator), CDR TAMC, 1 Jarrett White Road, Tripler AMC, Hawaii 96859-5000; or faxed to (808) 433-1559 or e-mailed to email@example.com.
- Clerkships will be available between November and May of each year (excluding December).
- Are limited to a total of twelve weeks of training at TAMC.
- Must have a Memorandum of Affiliation (MOA) in place between Tripler and the student's medical school (takes approximately two months to complete).
- You will not be able to train at TAMC unless there is an established affiliation agreement on file at TAMC that has been appropriately signed by officials at both institutions.
- If you are unsure of your eligibility to do a clerkship, contact HPSP headquarters at 1-877-633-2769.
- In addition, please be aware of the following restrictions for doing an ADT (Active Duty Training) or NADT (Non-Active duty Training) clerkship at Tripler.
- Army requirement: The number of ADT and NADT tours that may be performed at TAMC is limited to one each.
- Air Force and Navy requirement:
- Cannot apply for ADT at TAMC.
- Follow the same requirements as those for civilian students applying for a clerkship.
- Cannot use military CAC card while in a civilian status.
- Army HPSP students will be required to take a diagnostic physical training test upon arrival. If you have completed this training in the last six (6) months, please bring proof of completion with you. If no documentation, you will test.
- Do not need to apply for clerkship online.
- Second and Third year rotations are pre-arranged by USUHS.
- Fourth year students are required to fill out USUHS Form No. 1304, Fourth-Year Clerkship Scheduling/Cancellation Form.
- A separate Form must be submitted if you are requesting more than one clerkship and dates or if you are making any changes to your clerkship.
- Email form to firstname.lastname@example.org or faxed to (808) 433-1559 attention TAMC Student Coordinator.
Clinical clerkships currently available:
- Department of Behavioral Health – Psychiatry Adult Specialty Services
- Psychiatry Emergency and Consultation Service
- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- Tri-Service Addiction Recovery Facility
- Inpatient Psychiatry
- Department of Medicine
- General Medicine Ward Sub-Internship
- Infectious Disease
- Surgical Medical Intensive Care Unit Sub-Internship
- Department of Pediatrics
- Department of Surgery
- General Surgery
- Orthopaedic Surgery
- Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery
- Vascular and Cardiothoracic Surgery
- Emergency Department
- Family Medicine
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Pathology and Area Laboratory
- Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Service
Student Coordinator will:
- Review the student's request and communicate with the appropriate department/service for official approval of their training.
- Notify student via e-mail of approval or disapproval.