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Fourth-year medical student rotations

Sub-Internship Rotations at Via Christi Family Medicine Residency Program

Details of the rotations

The Traditional Sub-internship is a four-week rotation with Via Christi that is meant to be an all-around exposure to our program and the varied aspects of "full-scope" training within our residency program. It is designed for the medical student to rotate on each of the core inpatient services of Obstetrics, inpatient Family Medicine (adult medicine), and inpatient Pediatrics, as well as some exposure in our outpatient Family Medicine clinics with procedural exposure as well.

Interested medical students can choose to spend time in any of several varied areas for additional exposure.

  • Rural Medicine for a few days at one of our rural rotational sites with our graduates in rural practice (within a short drive of Wichita)
  • Sports Medicine (if the service does not already have an assigned medical student). If this rotational experience is already occupied, the students can participate in sports medicine during their rotation by staffing and attending sporting events that we cover, casting clinic, and lectures.
  • Procedures such as colonoscopy, EGD, POCUS (ultrasound), colposcopy, and other office-based procedures.
  • Women's Health in our Dysplasia Clinic (and possibly also in a local FQHC clinic which emphasizes gynecological care).
  • Crisis pregnancy medical work at our local affiliated clinical site, Choices Medical Clinic, for unplanned pregnancy care and counseling, OB ultrasound, initial prenatal care, and Perinatal Hospice consultation and care for those families experiencing lethal fetal anomalies in their pregnancy

The Maternal Care rotation is a 2-week specialized night-float rotation designed to give the interested student an intense immersion into all aspects of maternal care within our hospital system. This rotation is a high-volume obstetrical 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. 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 as time allows.

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 with our attendings and Sports Medicine fellows 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.


Rotation Options:

  • 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

Please contact us if you are interested in a non-rotational (informal) visit to "sample" the residency in order to get to know the people and community 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. Housing/lodging 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 and fully embrace our style and philosophy of "full-scope" 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 as well as the particular needs and interests of the student, and all are scheduled only during the months of July through January of each calendar year.

Allopathic medical students from outside our local credentialing medical school need prior approval by our residency, and if approved, will then develop the rotation and be approved through the local VSAS system with the University of Kansas Medical School in Wichita.

For Osteopathic medical students, our rotations can only accommodate those schools who have established student-institution contracts (please inquire for prior approvals) and their applincations are approved internally for credentialing and rotational evaluations.

Because of the large increase in interest for these rotations we have had to develop a competitive screening process for the assignment of the open (non-local) rotational spots based upon academic performance, the medical student's perceived trajectory, 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 mid-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, and these are no observerships). 
  • Because of the heavy interest in these rotations we have had to limit the rotations only to medical students who are contemplating pursuing a career in Family Medicine, and who seem to demonstrate (from their Application, CV, and Personal Statement) by experience and activities a strong understanding of our "full-scope" philosophy of Family Medicine.
  • For a complete application please send all 4 of the following:
    • The online application with rotational date preferences (if any).
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • Personal Statement related to your pursuit of family medicine describing your interest in family medicine as well as your long-term plans, goals, and priorities so that we can get a better feel for you as a student and also understand what drives and motivates you professionally.
    • Step 1 Exam scores (official copy) - All USMLE and/or COMLEX examination results must be sent for pre-screening review. We require the medical student to have passed their Step 1 Board Examination, and that passing score must by known and submitted as a part of the complete application process prior to securing a rotation. Please send an official copy of your Step 1 Board Examination results (official copies by scanned e-mail is sufficient) to