Although I just started my last rotation of my third year of medical school (can you believe it?!), my classmates and I just signed up for classes for our fourth year.
At my school, we are randomly split into 7 groups to decide the order that we will register in. I was in group 5 out of 7 groups, so my odds could have been much better…but I suppose they could have been worse!
In our fourth year, we have a lot more flexibility with our schedules than first, second, or third years. Rotations are either 2 or 4 weeks long. There are only five mandatory courses at my school: emergency medicine, neurology, intensive care unit, an acting internship, and Learning to Teach/Teaching to Learn (where we teach first and second-year medical students history and physical exam techniques). The rest of the year is up to us! We can fill in the rest of the rotations with away rotations at hospitals we are interested in matching at, study blocks to focus on studying for our Step 2 exams, electives that can help fill in gaps on your weaker subjects, and even up to a month of vacation. My school even offers fun, non-clinical medicine classes, like bioethics, technology in medicine, and literature and medicine classes that aren’t really formally offered at any other time in our medical education.
I’m still working on finalizing my schedule for fourth-year, but it makes me really excited to think of all the possibilities for next year!