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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)
Emergency Medicine (3 weeks)
Anesthesia (1 week)

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

Neurology (3 weeks)
Psychiatry (6 weeks with 3 weeks in outpatient setting)
Orthopedic Surgery (1 week)
Otorhinolaryngology (1 week)
Ophthalmology (1 week)

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

When does Module 4 begin?

On Monday, January 5, 2015.

Which clerkship should I do first?

You may receive a lot of advice but, in the end, order does not really matter and 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 October 3, 2014.

How is the course site selection process run?

It is managed via Oasis in several lottery rounds according to the following:



How your choices will look

Family Medicine


Away sites first–alpha order–date order

Inpatient Medicine

Sites are assigned



Local site first–alpha order–date order

Outpatient Pediatrics


Away sites first–alpha order–date order

Inpatient Pediatrics

(Students who are assigned to a non-Philadelphia site for OBGYN are processed in the first half Outpatient Pediatrics lottery.)



Local sites–alpha order

Emergency Medicine


Local sites–alpha order–date order

General Surgery


Local sites first–alpha order–date order

Surgical Sub-Specialties


Local sites–alpha order

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


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 June 20 - July 5, 2015. No other weeks off are permitted unless there are extenuating circumstances, such as family emergencies or personal illness.

What clerkships do not have weekend responsibilities?

Family Medicine, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedics, and Otorhinolaryngology, 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 100 questions and is strictly timed at 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Which clerkships use the shelf exams?

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

When are shelf exams given?

The neurology exam is given at the end of each 3-week period. The OBGYN, pediatrics, and psychiatry 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?

Opthalmology and otorhinolaryngology are given when each week is over. EM is given at the end of each 12-week block. Family Medicine is given at the end of each 4-week period.

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