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Fourth-year medical student rotations

Sub-internship rotations at Via Christi Family Medicine Residency Program 2015-2016

Details of the rotations

The sub-internship is a traditional four-week rotation with Via Christi that is meant to be an all-around exposure to our program and the varied aspects of training here within the residency program. It is set up for the medical student to rotate on each of the core inpatient services (OB, family medicine, and pediatrics) and procedural exposure as well.

While on the family medicine service the sub-intern will also work alongside our residents and faculty in the outpatient clinic. In addition, the student can customize the experience with a Special Interest Focus.

The Special Interest Focus is an opportunity for the interested medical student to craft a more specialized experience in the various areas that we emphasize beyond traditional medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics experience of a sub-internship. This experience time-frame will vary depending upon the desired level of interest, the time of year, and opportunities available.

If interested the medical student can choose to spend some additional time in any of the varied areas of interest.

  • Rural medicine for a few days (if desired) at one of our rural rotational sites with several of our graduates in rural practice (within a short drive of Wichita)
  • Sports medicine (if the service does not already have a assigned medical student); but if this rotational experience is already occupied, the students can still participate in sports medicine during the rotation such as sporting events that we cover, casting clinic, and lectures
  • Procedures such as colonoscopy, EGD, OB ultrasound, colposcopy, and other office-based procedures are also available during the rotation
  • Women's Health in our Dysplasia Clinic (and possibly also in a local FQHC clinic which emphasizes gynecological care)
  • OB ultrasound in either of our family medicine clinics or at an outside clinical opportunity that is designed around OB ultrasound
  • Crisis pregnancy medical work at our local affiliated clinical site, Choices Medical Clinic for crisis counseling, OB ultrasound, prenatal care, and perinatal hospice consultation and care for those families experiencing lethal fetal anomalies in their pregnancy

The maternal care rotation is a specialized night-float rotation designed to give the interested student an intense immersion into all aspects of maternal care within our hospital system, which is a high-volume obstetrical care experience for family medicine residency training. The sub-intern in this area will participate on the night float overnight OB service performing perinatal screening and support of potential admissions, ongoing care of the laboring patient, eventual vaginal and cesarean deliveries, post-delivery care and circumcisions of newborns, as well as operative gynecological care both in the operating room and the outpatient Dysplasia Clinic. In addition, the medical student is encouraged to participate in any daytime activities that they might be interested in while here as well in the other aspects of the residency training program beyond obstetrics.

The sports medicine rotation is a two- or four-week rotation designed to give the interested medical student a chance to participate in all aspects of sports medicine care and musculoskeletal medicine both in the outpatient Sports Medicine Clinic and at various seasonal-based athletic events in and around the community to include NCAA Division I and Division II university programs, local high school athletics programs, as well as several professional sports leagues including baseball, hockey and arena football.


  • Traditional Sub-Internships (4 weeks) – 4 spots per month
  • Maternal Care rotations (2 weeks) – 2 spots per month
  • Outpatient FM rotations (2 or 4 weeks) – 2-4 spots per month
  • Sports Medicine rotations (2 or 4 weeks) – 1-2 spots per month
  • Flex rotations (combinations of above experiences) are available on an as-needed basis
  • Mini-Subinternships (2-3 days) - following an interview are available on an invitational basis if not already filled by other interviewees (with housing available). If interested, please let us know at the time of your interview scheduling

Please contact us if you are interested in a non-rotational (informal) visit to sample the residency and get to know the people associated with the program. This can be arranged for a limited number of interested students over the course of the year or in association with their interview time and housing can usually be provided for the extra time.

All of the rotations offered are designed for medical students who are planning to pursue a career in family medicine in order to give them a broad exposure and understanding of our residency training program.

For those interested students considering family medicine as their future specialty of choice, this experience is a good place to begin to see if you are on the same path or trajectory as the program.

All of these rotational time slots can be adjusted depending upon the schedule requirements of your medical school and the particular needs and interests of you the student, and all are scheduled only during the months of July through January of each calendar year.

Because of the large increase in interest for these rotations we have had to develop a competitive process for the assignment of the open (non-local) rotational spots based upon academic performance, the medical student's perceived trajectory and fit for the program as a potential future resident at Via Christi, and your Curriculum Vitae (required). This process will begin receiving applications in January of each year and final assignments will be completed by the first week of April.

Requirements for application

  •  All applicants must be currently enrolled medical students who have not yet graduated; these rotations are not designed for graduate medical students of any medical school (these are not observerships). 
  • Because of the heavy interest in these rotations we have had to limit the rotations only to medical students who are pursuing a career in family medicine.
  • All USMLE and/or COMLEX examination results must be sent for pre-screening review since we require the medical student to have (1) passed their step 1 board examination, and that passing score must be known and submitted as a part of the complete application process prior to securing a rotation with us; we require a copy of your Step 1Board Exam results (official copies by scanned email is sufficient) be sent to us along with your (2) Curriculum Vitae and a (3) Personal Statement describing their interest in family medicine as well as their long-term plans, goals, and priorities so that we can get a better feel for the student and also understand what drives and motivates them. We believe that these documents will better help us to know them better and understand their future plans and fit for the program can be received and will be used in consideration of each applicant.