Here is the complete list of affiliated rotation sites
as posted on our clinical ed website.
Of these, here are ones I know of that we can spend at least 6 months for 3rd year cores.
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Berkeley, CA
Arrowhead Regional Medical Center, Colton, CA
Botsford General Hospital, Farmington Hills, MI
Chino Valley Medical Center, Chino, CA
Colorado Society of Osteopathic Medicine, Denver, CO
Doctor's Hospital Medical Center, San Pablo/Pinole, CA
Downey Regional Medical Center, Downey, CA
Kern Medical Center, Bakersfield, CA
Mendocino Community Health Clinic, Ukiah, CA
Pacific Hospital Long Beach, Long Beach, CA
Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital, Pontiac, MI
St. John's Episcopal Hospital, South Shore, Far Rockaway, NY
St. Joseph Mercy-Oakland, Pontiac, MI
University of California San Francisco – Fresno, CA
Wilson Memorial Hospital – United Health Services, Johnson City, NY
Most of the teaching hospitals where you can spend a whole year are not in the Bay Area. Many who stay in the Bay Area commute to different sites each rotation, and the quality of teaching varies by site. Most sites you will be one-on-one with a preceptor. There are those who learn best that way, and there are those who don't.
If you want to learn at a place that has residents, interns, and attendings then I would shoot for one of the above teaching hospitals. I did my cores at on of the teaching hospitals and would not trade it for anything. I believe that clinical ed is working on adding core sites to the Bay Area... not sure on any specific recent progress. I know Alta Bates was added, but St. Lukes in SF was lost. They also have plenty of spots upstate for the taking if you are so inclined.
4th years can go anywhere and see anything so long as you do at least 5 rotations at affiliated sites. If you live in a region with many university-affiliated hospitals this arrangement can really work to your advantage (ie. Nor. Cal or So. Cal). Yes it's a pain to set up every single rotation but the flexibility you have to go to the U.C.'s, Kaisers, private practice makes it worth it.
Any more questions you can PM me