Post-Clerkship phase

Segment 4: Post-Clerkship phase

This phase is vitally important for the completion of medical school training, for the purposes of

  1. Making or cementing a decision on specialty and residency
  2. Gaining further skills and experience in that specialty, to help the student in the application for residency (letters of recommendation) and preparation for residency
  3. Gaining experience in the care of critically ill patients, especially in emergency medicine
  4. Developing teaching skills necessary of a doctor. The word "doctor" is derived from the Latin, docco, which means "to teach"
  5. Experience and knowledge in a variety of medical specialties and settings to prepare one for the broad practice of medicine, to become a lifelong learner and to practice in a interprofessional environment

Curriculum schema

There are 14 months in the expanded fourth year of medical school, which will start in April of the students' third year. Courses are one calendar month or, in some cases, two weeks. Rotations at other institutions (visiting or audition) and independent electives are supported and encouraged.

April to the next May (14 months taken in any order)

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Step 2 Prep
  • Subinternship
  • Intensive Care Physilology
  • Elective (3x)
  • Interviews
  • Interview Vacation
  • Elective/Research (2x)
  • Medical Education
  • Clinical Elective
  • Residency Prep
  • Doctoring is Teaching: Student Eductional Experience (logitudinal throughout the 14 weeks)

The student will schedule their courses in February of the year within the following guidelines to arrive at 14 months of work.

  1. Required course work
    1. Emergency Medicine core clerkship
    2. Subinternship with competency-based assessment of clinical skills
    3. Step 2 CK prep course (dedicated study)
    4. Residency prep month (in the spring)
  2. Core electives
    1. Medical education experience (as near peer instructor)
    2. Critical care
  3. Vacation and residency interview months
    1. Vacation
    2. Residency interviewing
  4. Specialty specific clinical electives and subinternships
    1. One to four months depending on specialty
  5. Electives
    1. Additional electives to make a total of 14 months

There is much flexibility in the expanded post-clerkship phase, supporting research rotations, independent study and student specific programs, in addition to the core rotations.