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About the Rotation

The outpatient rotation consists of 3 weeks in your office and 1 week of Nursery at either GWU Hospital or Holy Cross Hospital. The nursery week can occur anywhere within the 4 week period.


There are a minimum of 5 private practice placements available every 4 weeks. Our goal is to schedule and confirm placements well in advance. As you consider becoming a preceptor in our program, look at the dates shown below to see what might best work for your office. We can schedule you for every rotation (every 4 weeks) or periodically. You can also take more than one student per rotation.

Rotation 1First of July to End of August
Rotation 2End of August to End of October
Rotation 3End of October to Mid December
Rotation 4First of January to End of February
Rotation 5End of February to End of April
Rotation 6First of May to End of June


Students are expected to be with you all day Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday during regular business hours. You set the reporting and dismissal times. The students are expected to be on-time or contact you and the Medical Education Office if they will be absent.

Students return to CNMC for conferences on “Student Day” which is every Thurs (except on the 4 th week of each rotation when it occurs on a Wednesday). The final exam is the final Friday of the rotation. Students may also have an excused absence for their Standardized Patient Exam which occurs around the 5th week of the rotation. Students are also required to have Labor Day, Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving (Thursday and Friday), Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, and Memorial Day off.

Welcoming Your Student

How you set the tone for the month can make a huge difference regarding the student's approach to learning. A welcoming email, call, or letter helps your student, and a brief orientation on the 1st day of the rotation is key.


It should include hours the student is expected to be there, expectations, responsibilities, roles, introduction to staff, introduction to your physical site, what kinds of patients/parents the student will be seeing, reading requirements on all patients, how you will observe the student, the plan for mid-rotation feedback, the evaluation, and any other issues you feel are important. (These resources are found under the Feedback section).

Be Innovative

Be as innovative as you can. For example, you could take the student on newborn rounds; to hospital committee meetings; spend a half-day with your office manager; sit in on triaging telephone calls; and anything else you feel would add to his/her education. While the student should be scheduled lightly (approximately 5 patients per day), bring the student in with you when any interesting problems arise.

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