Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine Office of Student Affairs CLASS OF 2014 INTRODUCTION TO FOURTH YEAR SCHEDULING & PLANNING Agenda Fourth Year & Clerkship Track System Lottery Process Required clerkships Elective requirements, registration & VSAS USMLE Step 2 requirements & timing Residency Planning: Future Meetings Online Resources Table of Contents Slides 4 – 12: Handout, Calendar & 4th Year Overview 13 – 17: Required Clerkships (Sub-Is and EM) 18 – 22: Electives 23 – 27: 4th Year Goal by Season 28 – 29: Intramural Electives 30 – 37: Extramural Electives 38 – 39: Discretionary Time 40 – 42: Step 2 Exams 43 – 50: Residency Planning Handout Clerkship Track System and Its Policies Lottery Timeline Lottery Numbers Fourth Year Calendar Timeline for Elective Registration Calendar 4th Yr Planning Sheet Calendar Yr 4 start date: First clerkship block starts Monday, July 1, 2013 (July = Period “9A”) Qtrly break weeks at end of Sept (fall break), December (winter break), none formally assigned at end of March Match Day and Graduation dates tentatively posted. Graduation will take place either Saturday, May 18th or Sunday the 19th Fourth Year Overview of Requirements 12 weeks of core clerkships Emergency Medicine, Sub-I Wards, Sub-I ICU 30 weeks of elective time available Bioethics Requirements Completion of Ethics Case Paper (should be completed during third year) Completion of Ethics Grand Rounds (min. of 4 sessions total by end of fourth year) USMLE Step 2 CK and CS Core Clerkships One 4-week Wards Subinternship Offered each period 9A (July) through 12A (April), One 4-week Critical Care Subinternship Offered each period 9A (July) through 12A (April), One 4-week Emergency Medicine Clerkship Offered each period 9A (July) through 12A (April) Bioethics Requirement Ethics case paper due in Yr 3: April 19, 2013 Four Ethics Grand Rounds must be completed cumulatively over 2nd, 3rd and 4th years Fourth Yr Track Features Flexibility Opportunity for student choice One required core clerkship and two electives in each of first three quarters Availability of at least half of the elective time in first half of the year Fourth Yr Track System Assigned to track by lottery Computer generated lottery number Rank order all tracks Deadline to submit rank form is Friday, February 8, 2013 Picking a track… Consider what your elective and residency choice needs may be in each quarter Consider when you might take USMLE Step 2 CK and CS Consider which core clerkships could prep you best for the key electives you will take Attendance Limited time off for serious reasons in both subinternships and emergency medicine (3 days including weekend days) Final exam schedule is NOT changeable Plan holiday or interview travel after only determining the date and time of day of exams Labor Day is a holiday but not a 3 day weekend if service team is not off Thanksgiving is a four day holiday weekend Clerkship Requirements Purpose and Assignment Process Subinternships 4-weeks: in-pt medicine (“Sub-I Wards”) Examples of services: Gen med, OB, Cardiology, Hem/Onc, Surgery, Peds Loyola, Gottlieb, Hines, West Sub 4-weeks: intensive care unit (“Sub-I ICU”) Examples of services: MICU, SICU, BICU, CCU, NICU, PICU Loyola, Central Dupage, Hines, Resurrection, West Sub Purpose of subinternships Focus on skills and attitudes necessary to care for hospitalized and critically ill patients Emphasis is on patient care in the context of wards or ICU; emphasis is not on the specialty Thus, subinternships are posted on SSOM transcript without specialty noted (transcript reads only “Subintern-Wards” and “Subintern-ICU”) Subinternship assignments Opportunity will be provided to submit preference rank lists for site/service Assignments by lottery to services and sites by late winter through Dr. Leischner’s office (separate lottery process, using track rank list in reverse order) Rescheduling Sub-I Changes may be possible according to track system traffic rules May trade entire track or individual clerkship After Subinternship site/service assignments are created, changes must be approved by Debi Kurcab in the Med Dept. and reported to Registration and Records ELECTIVES Policies & registration process Purpose of elective curriculum How to design your program Electives Course Descriptions online in SSOM Elective Catalog Most electives are 4 weeks in length There are several 2-week electives available 26 weeks of elective time in years 3 and 4 = minimum graduation requirement Of the 26 weeks, your elective program must include 5 full-time electives that are at least 4-weeks in length, i.e. 20 weeks of 4week electives. Electives (continued) 12 weeks of elective time permitted away (“extramurals”) 12 weeks permitted in any specialty (in M4 year) Excludes time in core clerkships in the specialty Excludes M3-year elective Includes electives at Loyola and away Includes clinical and research courses Other elective policies in catalog preface Purpose of Electives Broadens & strengthens clinical experience Tests interest in an area of specialization Provides research or special opportunities Permits self determination and responsibility for content of program Building Your Elective Program Content Use “Specialty Elective Guide” at online Loyola Elective Catalog site Talk to faculty and specialty advisor(s) Attend specialty department sessions and ask questions Talk to faculty in your field(s) of interest See Dean Mendez for input Attend Students Advising Students (SAS) programs 4th Year Goals by Season Focus of each quarter Summer Fall Winter Spring Summer Goals (July/Aug/Sept) Solidify specialty interest May/may not need to take specialty elective at Loyola to earn a recommendation letter (depends on prior exposure) Summer work may bump up performance level Courses provides prep for important externships May need to study weeks/month for USMLE Step 2 prep Preparation of residency application starts Externships start Complete Step 2 study and take CK and CS (more on this later) Fall Goals (Oct/Nov/Dec) Externships continue Residency interview season kicks in; will you need time off? Should you take DT? Should you plan an away elective that geographically places you in proximity to residency interview locales? Sept/Oct courses could still produce residency recommendation letters Complete Step 2 study and take CK and CS (more on this later) Winter Goals (Jan/Feb/Mar) Take courses to round out your education Prepare for starting a residency (what do you still need to learn?) Rank residencies for match (mid Jan - late Feb) International elective? Spring Goals (Apr/May) Take enrichment courses International elective? (more details will be given at April information session) Take residency prep electives offered at SSOM Get tuition’s worth by staying enrolled Take DT for personal/transitional use Complete graduation requirements Graduate!!! Elective Registration Process How & When to Register Elective Registration Intramurals (Loyola) Review course descriptions & policies in elective catalog online Online elective registration through myLUMEN Sign up starts about 4 months in advance of each elective month’s start date More info from ORR closer to first opening registration date (1st week of March) Externships (extramural electives) Up to 12 weeks permitted usually through another US med school Loyola sign up Timetable does NOT apply Reference AAMC Extramural Elective Compendium for timeline, websites, contact person at site (link available in Loyola Elective Catalog website) Sign up 1 – 5 months in advance of start date; typically April – midMay for summer courses. CHECK YOUR EXTRAMURAL SITE’S SIGN UP DATE! Purpose of externships To get an excellent learning experience To help narrow specialty interests To see a program of interest first hand To work with an outstanding faculty To show your stuff and perhaps get a recommendation letter To assess a program’s compatibility with your needs To do unique non-hospital based experiences Do you need to do 3 externships (12 weeks)? It depends… On your interests, profile, specialty field and geographical considerations Most students should do one or two Some specialties discourage more than one elective in the field; others promote student enrollment in several. SEEK ADVICE! Extramural Registration Review policies in SSOM catalog Review visiting student policies on other school’s website Application online: Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) OR paper: application packet submitted through SSOM Reg & Rec Please don’t do both unless you have verified with school that they require this (yes, a small handful are crazy and want both online and paper applications) Visiting Student Application Service Developed by AAMC Greater than 3/4th of US medical schools use VSAS to process visiting student applications; the others use their own paper applications. See http://www.aamc.org/programs/vsas/students/start.htm for a list of schools using VSAS (will be updated for ’13-14 year in late January). More info about VSAS forthcoming from Registration & Records Registration & Records will upload transcripts and certify applications Registration & Records will “Release” applications on VSAS Extramural Registration for schools not using VSAS Complete Loyola’s extramural application AND Complete other institution’s Visiting Student Application Often possible to list more than one date or several elective preferences Compile supporting documents; submit to Tess Kazda in Registration & Records Dean Mendez will review and approve application; application packet will then be mailed to extramural school Extramural Registration additional documentation (submitted via VSAS or by paper) Typical Supporting documents Proof of liability coverage Current immunization record Proof of UP/OSHA/HIPAA training Proof of hospitalization insurance Possibly SSOM transcript Possibly faculty/dean’s letter of recommendation Possibly criminal background check record Possibly affiliation agreement? Memo of Understanding? Elective Add/Drop Policy Add: register for electives at least one month prior to start date Drop (Loyola courses): at least one month prior Drop (Extramurals): according to other institution’s policy, typically 4 – 6 weeks prior. Discretionary Time Use Time for Additional Elective Opportunities OR For USMLE Step 2 study time Residency Interview time off For extramural calendar adjustment (other school’s calendar doesn’t match Stritch’s) For remediation needs For personal needs Applying for Discretionary Time Off May be taken in one week or longer increments Request must be submitted in advance Submit Discretionary Time requests through myLUMEN Elective Registration page USMLE STEP 2 CK & CS First attempt CK & CS exams be taken by the end of semester 1 of fourth year (i.e., by December 31, 2013) Residencies programs increasingly want proof of Step 2 score or if not score proof of passing before ranking candidates (i.e., score needed by end of January 2014) USMLE Step 2 CK & CS must be PASSED to graduate and scores must be reported at least two month prior to graduation, approx mid-March 2014. USMLE Step 2 planning: Residency considerations If exam is taken before Aug. 30, scores are out before interviews are offered If exam is taken on or before end of Nov., scores are out during interview season and before residencies make rank decisions Exams taken in January do not meet school graduation requirement and will not be available to residencies prior to their ranking (not recommended) USMLE Step 2 CK & CS timing CK: Scores reported approx 4-6 weeks after test date. CS: Scores are reported according to a block schedule: http://www.usmle.org/step-2-cs/#reporting June 1 – July 13 July 14 – Sept 7 Sept 8 - Nov 2 Nov 3 - Dec 31 Reported Aug 14 – Sept 11, 2013 Reported Oct 9 – Nov 6, 2013 Reported Dec 4, 2013 - Jan 1, 2014 Reported Jan 29 - Feb 19, 2014 Note: USMLE offers no CS testing May 19 – May 31, 2013 Residency Planning You may want to know now… Residency Letters of Recommendation Up to 4 letters for ERAS/NRMP programs; often only 3 are requested. Up to three for early match programs Request letters when opportunities present themselves Submitted by writer to Student Affairs with 2013 ERAS cover letter in June – mid-Sept (cover letter available in June) CV and Personal Statement Feedback on CV’s recently submitted May submit updated copy for Dean’s Letter use (exact due date this spring TBA) Personal paragraph needed for dean’s letter – (exact due date this spring TBA; instructions will be provided Online Resources Loyola Elective Catalog: http://stritch.luc.edu/depts/regrec/catalog AAMC Extramural Elective Compendium: http://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/electives/start.htm AMA-FREIDA (Residency program info): http://www.ama-assn.org/go/freida Match info: http://www.nrmp.org/ Residency Web Application process: http://www.aamc.org/audienceeras.htm USMLE STEP 2 info: http://www.usmle.org/step-2-ck/ Visiting Student Application Service: https://www.aamc.org/students/medstudents/vsas/ Careers in Medicine: http://www.aamc.org/cim Future Workshops Dean’s Letter Process February 18th in the evening The Match & ERAS (E-residency application service) April 17th following PCM3 sessions Ask Questions! It is acceptable, expected, smart Where: Registration & Records (changing your schedule, how to sign up for electives, policies) Student Affairs (what to take, when) Faculty Advisor (what, where, when) Specialty faculty (where, when, how many) Elective dept. offices (how, which) Submitting your Track Preferences • Go to myLUMEN>Clerkship Tracking Sys.> Fourth Year Track Ranking Form Ranking Form submission deadline is Friday, February 8, 2013 • If you encounter any problems, contact Julie Steinecker ([email protected]) Questions?