There are 11 months in the fourth year to complete 8 months of requirements. You should plan on taking 1 month off to prepare for and take Step 2 CK (must be taken by the end of July, 2015) and CS (must be taken by the end of July, 2015) and 1 or 2 months off to interview (October, November, December and/or January). Usually, November and December are the most common interview months. For those students doing an International Health elective in February you may wish to take the first two weeks of the March module off to travel. All students must be in Kansas City Match week (March 14-18, 2016).
Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and Step 2 Clinical Skills examinations
Register no later than January 31 for the Step 2 CK (Clinical Knowledge) = $590 and the Step 2 (CS) Clinical Skills = $1,250 examinations. You must take CK and CS no later than July 31, 2015.
Step 2 Clinical Skills and CSA Tips - Dr. Shaw's presentation January 10, 2013 (PowerPoint)
Course requirements for the M.D. Degree - (Fourth Year = 32 weeks/8 months)
Selecting Your Fourth Year Track and Fourth Year Requirements
Listed below are 10 tracks that Kansas City students may choose from to complete their required and elective fourth year clinical rotations. Rank each track which includes both Fall 2015 and Spring 2016 courses. Rank your choices from 1-10 with 1 being your first choice and 10 your last choice. Every track must be ranked or your form will not be accepted.
Use the M4 Track Explanation form to explain why you need to be assigned to a particular track. Please use the form to indicate any third year clerkships that still need to be completed at the beginning of the fourth year, time off for pregnancy, weddings, Philmont in June, July or August, or participation in the early match for Ophthalmology, etc. Consideration may be given if one or more boxes on the form is completed. Please rank all tracks that are acceptable to meet your special needs. Note that all required courses are to be taken during the dates specified. No alterations in schedules can be requested until you are notified of your track assignment. Changes will only be considered on a space available basis due to limitations placed by individual departments/courses. Students planning on participating in an International Health elective (does not count as an externship) must choose a track that has Elective/Free Time in the second (February) Spring 2016 module.
The Critical Care requirement must be completed on the KC campus.
Only two "special programs" (externships/electives) can be taken at another institution (excluded are Wichita and Greater Kansas City area programs) and credit will only be received if a Special Program/Externship form is completed 4-6 weeks in advance of the rotation start date. The Special Program/Externship and Sub I away forms are also available in the Office of Student Affairs, 3040 Murphy. Want to know what electives are offered? The School of Medicine catalog is online. Elective (externship) and Subinternship (Sub-I) offerings at non-KU schools may be applied for by accessing (Visiting Student Application Service) or searching the AAMC electives compendium. VSAS application instructions and participating hospitals/schools can be found by following the links. Please do not attempt to apply for any external rotations until you have received your track assignment so that you know what dates you will have available to participate in an external rotation. If you are interested in doing at elective in Wichita you should e-mail Melanie Runge. Housing options at externship locations are available through a new service called Rotating Room.
Final 4th year track choices, Critical Care lottery form and Sub I lottery form are due by Noon on Friday, January 2, 2015. The results of those lotteries will be available on or before February 21. Elective lottery form for the Fall semester is due no later than Noon on Friday, January 2, 2015. The Spring 2016 Elective lottery form is due no later than Friday, October 2, 2015. You will be sent your schedule by email when they are completed. If you need to make changes to your schedule, you can schedule an appointment to meet with Laura Zeiger.
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The beginning and ending dates of each fourth year module is listed above. Each module begins on Monday at 8:00 a.m. and ends on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Holidays are at the discretion of each attending physician for all clinical students. The rationale is that students are members of the health care team. They must act and be treated as professionals. Patient care responsibilities are their priority. Departments may choose to give their enrolled students “free days” on other state observed holidays, i.e. Martin Luther King, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day and the Friday following Thanksgiving. Students are already on break over the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays in both the third and fourth year.
Hooding Ceremony - Saturday, May 16, 2015 - University Commencement - Sunday, May 17, 2015
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