The didactic phase of education provides a broad base of knowledge, which will be further refined, challenged, and solidified through hands on clinical training during the clinical phase of the program. The clinical phase is a 12-month period where learners participate in nine supervised clinical practice experiences (each 5 weeks in length) with preceptors who are board certified and licensed (in their area of instruction): Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Women’s Health (OB/GYN), Behavioral and Mental Health Care, Emergency Medicine, and two elective rotations. These experiences offer kinds of patient encounter (acute/chronic, emergent and preventative) essential in the preparation of learners for meeting program expectations and acquiring the competencies needed for entry into clinical practice. The types of settings will include: inpatient, outpatient, surgical (operating room) and emergency department. Each clinical setting is unique, serving communities of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds.