Fourth-Year Rotations

Considering a career in full-spectrum Family Medicine?  The Ventura Family Medicine Residency Program at Ventura County Medical Center offers an elective in Family Medicine to fourth-year medical students.  Come for a rotation to learn Family Medicine alongside our outstanding residents and faculty.



We offer an elective in Family Medicine to fourth-year medical students who are 1) interested in full spectrum Family Medicine, 2) currently enrolled in a LCME-accredited school in the US or Canada, and 3) considering applying to our residency program (UCLA students excepted).

​For the 2021-2022 academic year, externships are available from August through January in a variety of departments (see below). Every rotation offers a combination of inpatient and outpatient experiences and, except for the Inpatient Medicine service, does not entail working weekends. Externs work alongside our family medicine residents and will have both family medicine and specialty attendings throughout the hospital and ambulatory clinics. Students also attend Core Conference (protected didactic time) and see patients in our continuity clinic, the Academic Family Medicine Center, with our residents and faculty. Structured like a sub-I, externs are an integral member of their team and are expected to take primary responsibility for their patients.

Applications will be reviewed beginning April 15 for the 2021-2022 academic year. Externships can be of 2-, 3- or 4-weeks duration. Four-week rotations are encouraged as this allows for the broadest exposure to our residents, faculty, and residency program. Those who can complete a full 4 weeks with us will rotate on two different services for two weeks each. Due to high demand for our limited number of positions, we are not able to offer a full 4 weeks in a single department.

We limit the number of students on each service to optimize learning, so we ask that you rank the rotations from the different specialties offered. We try to accommodate your preferences as much as possible. Rotation options include:

  •     Pediatrics

  •     Surgery/Trauma

  •     Emergency Medicine

  •     Inpatient Medicine

  •     Intensive Care

  •     Obstetrics and Gynecology

As demand for our clerkships has risen, we give priority to those applicants interested in broad-spectrum Family Medicine and caring for underserved populations. Every application is reviewed in its entirety, so please excuse us if you do not hear back immediately. We have a limited number of externships, and occasionally need to hold applications for a time to compare them against a group of peers.


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