3rd year of medical school marks the transition from lecture based courses to clinical clerkships in area hospitals. This is an exciting year, as it is the time where a medical student finally begins to see and manage patients. Once a student successfully passes Step 1 (at the end of 2nd year,) he/she begins 3rd year with 2 weeks of pre-clerkship lecture courses, followed by dispersement into hospitals to experience a wide variety of medical specialties.
3rd year is divided into four 12-week blocks. The breakdown of the blocks is as follows (each block totals 12 weeks):
Block A: OB-GYN (6 weeks); Psychiatry (6 weeks)
Block B: Internal Medicine (10 weeks – divided into 4 weeks of Medicine-Wards, 4 weeks of Medicine-Consults, 2 weeks of Medicine-Clinics) ; Neurology (2 weeks)
Block C: Surgery (12 weeks total- divided into 6 weeks of General Surgery, 3 weeks of Surgical Subspecialty, and 3 weeks of a Career Planning Elective)
Block D: Pediatrics (8 weeks); Family Medicine (4 weeks)
Although the Blocks are designated by letters above, this does not denote the order in which a student will complete the clerkships. Although the courses within a block will always be completed together (ex. Psychiatry and OB-GYN,) the order of the 12 week blocks will vary. At the end of each course, a student will be required to Pass a standardized test assessing their knowledge of the recently completed clership.
Class Dues $85
U-World $400 for 1 year subscription
NBME Practice Exams $20/block
STEP 2 CK/CS $1350
STEP 2 traveling costs during L4 year depends on location: Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Los Angeles. It is strongly suggested to take STEP 2 prior to November 1st, 2017.
iPad Mini ~$600 (included on fee bill)
Preparing for 4th year
Making a 4th Year Schedule
Office of Medical Education: 3rd and 4th year resources