Planning Year Four Rotations

Requirements

In the fourth year, all students are required to take:

  • Emergency Medicine Clerkship (four-week block).
  • Neurology Clerkship (four-week block).
  • Seven months of electives, including:
    • A subinternship in one of the six core specialties.
    • Surgery (anesthesia & orthopedics also fulfill this requirement; a subinternship in surgery does not fulfill this requirement).
  • Students may take three extramural blocks unless permission is granted for more.
  • Students must choose electives from at least three departments with one being a primary care department. This is referred to as the clinical triad… three months of clinical rotations from three different departments: A surgical month, including a subinternship, can be counted as part of the required clinical triad.
    • Orthopedics is considered to be surgery for this requirement.
    • Pathology and radiology are considered clinical months.
    • Research is not considered a clinical month.
  • Students may take two two-week block electives for the equivalent of a four-week block elective. (A maximum of four two-week blocks is permitted.)
  • Students may take two essentially identical electives, provided one is completed at Boonshoft School of Medicine.
  • Students may take three SIE blocks.
  • Students may take four blocks away from Dayton.

Extramural Electives

If students are planning an extramural elective, they must have the extramural approved by Boonshoft School of Medicine in order to receive credit for the elective. This is required even though the elective has been approved/accepted by the host institution or the host institution has submitted information through VSAS. The process is as follows:

  • Students complete the top half of the extramural form and send the form and the elective description from the host school by e-mail to the persons listed below, requesting approval:
    • The advisor: He/she may send Gwen Sloas, Ed.D., an e-mail stating approval if that is more convenient than signing and sending or faxing the form.
    • The appropriate WSU department: A WSU department must sponsor (approve) the extramural. The student coordinator will obtain the signatures and return the form to Dr. Sloas.
    • Dr. Sloas: Receives the extramural form and course description, which has been approved by the advisor and department.
  • The extramural will be added to the student's schedule. Students receive credit upon receipt of the preceptor's evaluation. Grading for extramurals is only Pass/Fail for M4 electives. Honors is given only for EMD and NRL clerkships.

Extramural approvals are due 60 days prior to the start of the elective. International extramural approvals are due 90 days prior to the start of the elective.

Student-Initiated Electives

If students are planning a Student-Initiated Elective (SIE) they must have approval from their advisor, the sponsoring Boonshoft School of Medicine department and the members of the B2 committee in order to receive credit for the elective. The process is as follows:

  • Students prepare the SIE proposal. The format for a research proposal differs from a clinical SIE proposal. Students submit the SIE proposal at the following link: http://www.med.wright.edu/apps/sie
  • Students must have the e-mail address of their advisor and of the student coordinator of the department from which they are seeking approval. A Boonshoft School of Medicine department must sponsor (approve) the student-initiated elective.
  • After Dr. Sloas has received the approval from the advisor and the sponsoring WSU department, she will forward the proposal to members of the B2 committee for approval. Upon their approval, the SIE will be added to the students' schedule. Students will receive credit for the SIE upon receipt of the preceptor's evaluation. Grading for SIEs is only Pass/Fail.  No Honors.
  • SIE proposals are due 60 days prior to the start of the elective. International SIE proposals are due 90 days prior to the start of the elective. The school's website will not accept the students' proposal if not submitted by the required deadlines.

Residency Interviewing Months

Student schedules include eight weeks for interviewing. . Students are expected to do most of their residency interviews during these months. Residency interviewing begins in mid-September and ends in January. During electives and clerkships, students may take time off for interviewing only if approved in advance by the elective/clerkship director. Students may not request more than two days off within a four-week block.

Approving and Modifying Schedules

Students may begin planning their fourth year schedules in March of the third year. Student fourth-year schedules should be completed by the end of April. All schedule changes after May 1 require the use of the elective change form. Each elective has a deadline for adding or dropping. These are listed in the catalog. Schedule changes must be submitted to Student Affairs and Admissions 30 to 60 days prior to the start of the elective (see drop times in the catalog).