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Medical Students

Berkshire Medical Center is a Core Clinical Campus of the University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine (UNECOM).  Since 2002, eight third-year students from UNECOM have spent their entire third year at BMC in their core clerkships including Surgery, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics,  Obstetrics & Gynecology, Psychiatry, and Family Medicine.

BMC is also a major affiliate of the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS). In that important role, it serves as a site for third-year clerkships for the University of Massachusetts Medical School in the core clerkships: medicine, surgery, and obstetrics/gynecology.  In these clerkships UNECOM students work side-by-side with students form UMMS and routinely find it a very collegial and rewarding experience.

Additionally, fourth-year osteopathic medical students from UNECOM and other schools throughout the United States schedule sub-internships/audition rotations and elective rotations at Berkshire Medical Center.

Medical students who schedule clerkships, sub-internships or electives at Berkshire Medical Center are provided with free room and board.

Audition Rotation Requirements and Information:

  • Available dates:

August – December

  • How to apply:

All audition rotation applications for the General Surgery program are accepted via VSAS, which opens the first week in March

  • Required documentation:
  • CV
  • COMLEX Score(s)
  • Transcript
  • Brief personal statement including why you chose BMC and your specialty of interest
  • Photograph
  • Immunization Records
  • Blank Medical School Clerkship Evaluation Form
  • Number of slots available:

Two simultaneously per rotation block for a total of ten audition rotations per year

  • Length of rotation:

Minimum of four weeks

  • Housing:

Included. On occasion students request special accommodations for families, pets, etc. Unfortunately, we are not able to fulfill these requests and recommend Rotating Room as an alternative solution to housing for the duration of the rotation. For any non-BHS housing please do not hesitate to reach out to us with any questions.

  • Absences:

Please make every attempt to be available for the duration of the requested rotation, however in the event you are not please let us know as soon as possible what dates you will be unavailable and we will do our best to accommodate.

  • Cancellations:

Please provide a minimum of two – four weeks’ notice if you have been approved for a rotation and will be unable to attend. Cancellations and/or rescheduling requests should be sent to Maggie Clawson.


Applicants are encouraged to apply early in the season as spaces are generally filled quickly. While audition rotations are not required in order to be granted an interview for the residency program, they are strongly encouraged.

Please address surgical clerkship inquiries to:

Maggie Clawson
Surgical Student Clerkship Coordinator
725 North St
Department of Surgery
Warriner 3
Pittsfield, MA 01201
P: 413 395-7916
F: 413 447-2766

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