Medical Student Program

Each year, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland provides pediatric training to over 100 medical students from medical schools throughout the United States.

This training occurs at many different levels:

  • More than 40 fourth-year medical students from schools throughout the country come to Children's for pediatric clerkships and sub-internships. They work closely with our residents and other trainees.
  • 24 third-year medical students from UCSF receive their 8-week core pediatric clerkship training with us, rotating through primary care and the general pediatric wards.
  • Under the guidance of our teaching faculty, several groups of first- and second-year medical students from both the UCSF School of Medicine and UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program learn their pediatric physical diagnosis skills at our hospital.
  • Visiting medical students work on clinical and basic science research projects with our faculty.

Pediatric Clerkships for Fourth-Year Students

Advanced Pediatric Clerkships - Course Descriptions 2024

For fourth-year medical students desiring an elective or sub-internship experience, BCH Oakland offers a variety of clinical clerkships. In addition to providing an excellent educational experience, these one-month rotations allow prospective applicants the opportunity to see our residency training program firsthand.

Medical students function under the direct supervision of the senior resident and attending physician and assist in the initial diagnostic approach and treatment plan for patients.

Students receive instruction in the specific diagnostic and therapeutic techniques performed on the rotation and are given responsibility commensurate with their interest, level of training and experience.

They participate actively in team rounds, case conferences, seminars and other formal teaching sessions.

We offer 15 pediatric clerkship positions each month in the following areas:

  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Ambulatory Pediatrics
  • Cardiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Inpatient Wards
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Neurology
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Virtual Advocacy Elective (offered 8/28-9/22/23)*

Applying for Clerkships

Students must be in good academic standing and have completed a core third-year pediatric rotation that includes at least 2 weeks of inpatient experience. We require non-refundable application fee. 

We do not accept international students for clinical rotations.

We have transitioned our clerkship application process to VSLO. We are live in that system as of 4/3/23. Please contact our office if you have any difficulties finding us in that system.
*There is a reduced fee for Virtual Advocacy applicants, please still apply via VSLO.

We offer a special opportunity for students who identify as underrepresented in medicine. Please find that application here:  


Frank Lopez

Graduate Medical Education Office
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
747 52nd Street, Oakland, CA 94609


Phone: (510) 428-3414

If you have questions regarding specific rotations or application process, contact (510) 428-3414.