University of Pittsburgh

School of Medicine
Professional Medicine (M.D.) Course Catalog

Combined Third and Fourth Year Overview

The second two years of the curriculum comprise the final twenty-five months of the curriculum and consist of core clerkships, selectives (required experiences) and electives. This is an opportunity for students to choose courses that will further strengthen their strong points and fill in deficiencies, where such deficits exist. Wherever possible, the scheduling goal should be to broaden and deepen experiences in varied areas of medicine; increase independent learning; and gain confidence as a responsible member of the health care team. This is not a time to gain skills which will be retaught in postgraduate training. Sharpening one's skills in history taking, physical examination and writing detailed notes, continued learning of a humanistic approach to patient care, and attempting to deepen one's understanding of pathophysiology will last a lifetime. This time is one-half of your formal undergraduate medical education and should be both academically strong and enjoyable.

Course Requirements: Options:

Reporting and Attendance: Timely daily reporting and attendance are considered an issue of professionalism. Respect for your patients and colleagues dictate that you report when and where expected each day you are scheduled. Attendance guidelines

Required Courses:
There are eight core clerkships that everyone must complete. During the fourth year, there are two required courses: an acting internship (AI) and an integrated life science course (ILS). The remaining time is electives of your choosing.