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Module 4 Frequently Asked Questions

Module 4 Frequently Asked Questions

What are the requirements of Module 4?

Medicine (8 weeks inpatient)
Family Medicine (4 weeks)


Surgery (4 weeks general service/4 weeks specialized service)
Anesthesia(1 week)
Orthopaedic Surgery (1 week)
Otorhinolaryngology (1 week)
Ophthalmology (1 week)


Pediatrics (6 weeks with 3 weeks in outpatient setting)
Obstetrics/Gynecology (6 weeks with 40% in outpatient setting)


Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)
Neurology (4 weeks)
Psychiatry (4 weeks)                                            


Doctoring II (runs on selected Fridays throughout the 12 months of Module 4)

When does Module 4 begin?

On Tuesday, January 2, 2018.

Which clerkship should I do first?

You may receive a lot of advice but, in the end, we hope you will find that any of the grid choices have positive aspects.

How is the overall year order determined?

Through Oasis, an on-line scheduling system, which gives you approximately 7 lottery choices if you are in the MD/PhD program and 48 choices for non-MD/PhD students. You will need to rank all of the selections by Wednesday, September 27th, 2017.

Will I have to travel at some time during Module 4?

Yes, traveling during Module 4 is needed. Students who do not have a driver’s license will not be excluded from this requirement but will instead be required to travel to sites, which are accessible via public transportation or via carpool. Site descriptions should be carefully reviewed and assessed for patient population, hospital/practice characteristics, and travel requirements. Students with unanticipated health issues (e.g.—broken leg) will be accommodated. This process is managed by the Registrar’s Office.

Which clerkships have enough local sites for everyone?

Which clerkships require some students to travel since there are not enough local sites for everyone?

Can I pre-arrange carpools?

No, but you may do so after the lotteries have all been completed.

When is vacation?

Module 4 is intended to be a 48 week curriculum for students in the non-MD/PhD track. (See Module 4 Schedule for details). There is a two week vacation scheduled from Saturday June 16 - Sunday July 1, 2018. No other weeks off are permitted unless there are extenuating circumstances, such as family emergencies or personal illness.

Which clerkships do not have weekend responsibilities?

Family Medicine, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, Otorhinolaryngology, and Outpatient Pediatrics have no weekend (Friday 5pm – Monday 5am) obligations.

What clerkships have weekend responsibilities?

Weekends are required during the Inpatient Medicine and Inpatient Pediatrics. The weekend schedule is variable in the EM, OBGYN, and Psychiatry clerkships.

What is a shelf exam?
A shelf exam is an end-of-clerkship, standardized exam, which is produced by the National Board of Medical Examiners. Questions are written and reviewed by national test committees preparing material for USMLE Step 2. The exam has 110 questions and is strictly timed at 2 hours and 45 minutes.

Which clerkships use the shelf exams?

Medicine, Neurology, OBGYN, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Surgery

When are shelf exams given?

The neurology and psychiatry exams are given at the end of each 4-week period. The OBGYN and pediatrics exams are given at the end of each 6-week period. The medicine and surgery exams are given at the end of each 12-week block.

Which course use departmental exams?

EM, Family Medicine, Ophthalmology, and Otorhinolaryngology

When are the departmental exams given?

Ophthalmology and Otorhinolaryngology are given when each week is over. EM and Family Medicine are given at the end of each 4-week block.

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