Medical School and Beyond

presentation to Delp Academic Society students by Mark C. Meyer MD

INTRO Goals
  • Provide a roadmap/time course of events
  • Highlight important events at each level of training
  • Allow time for discussion
MEDICAL SCHOOL Stage 1
  • Years 1 and 2 - Basic Sciences Curriculum
  • Introduction of Clinical Concepts
  • Step 1 Examination  (aaaaagh!)
Stage 2
  • Clinical Sciences (Years 3 and 4)
  • Step 2 Examination (CS and CK components)
  • Selection of Specialty Choice
  • Interviews
  • Match!!
  • Hooding/MD degree
BEYOND Residency
Training
  • First year (AKA- Intern)
    • rotate through the major disciplines within the specialty noutpatient clinics (variable)
  • Second and Third years
    • assume increasing responsibility
    • supervise other learners (residents and students)
    • participate in a wide range of clinical experiences
 
  • Examinations
    • Step 3 examination (passage required in order to obtain a permanent license)
    • annual in-service examinations
  • Board Certification Examination
    • take at the completion of residency training
    • Oral Examinations required by some specialties
    • Re-certification
  Other opportunities
  • Elective experiences
  • Moonlighting experiences
  • Locum tenens programs
  • Research/Scholarly activities
Fellowships
  • Performed after completion of residency
  • Length:  1-3 years
  • Additional testing for specialty certification
Maintaining
Certification/Licensure
  • Must participate in a minimum number of Continuing Medical Education Hours

    • Standards for specialty certification specialty specific
    • State of Kansas: 50 hours per year, 150 over 3 years for maintaining licensure
SUMMARY  

Medical profession features regular assessment/testing for the purpose of maintaining/certifying:

  • Competency
  • Quality
 
  • Emphasizes need for life-long learning skills (and desire)
  • Practicing physicians may be required to take the CS examination in the future.

Last modified: Aug 13, 2012
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