Alliance for Clinical Education Perspective Paper: Recommendations for Redesigning the “Final Year” of Medical School

Shalini T. Reddy, Jason Chao, Jonathan L. Carter, Robert Drucker, Nadine T. Katz, Robert Nesbit, Brenda Roman, Joshua Wallenstein, Gary L. Beck

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Abstract

Background: Although medical school typically lasts 4 years, little attention has been devoted to the structure of the educational experience that takes place during the final year of medical school. Summary: In this perspectives paper, we outline goals for the 4th year of medical school to facilitate a transition from undergraduate to graduate medical education. We provide recommendations for capstone courses, subinternship rotations, and specialty-specific schedules, and we conclude with recommendations to medical students and medical schools for how to use the recommendations contained in this document. Conclusions: We provide an overview of general competencies and specialty specific recommendations to serve as a foundation for medical schools to develop robust 4th-year curricula and for medical students to plan their 4th-year schedules.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)420-427
Number of pages8
JournalTeaching and learning in medicine
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2 2014

Keywords

  • 4th year
  • competencies
  • curriculum
  • undergraduate medical education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education

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