New York Medical College

School of Medicine

Fourth Year Curriculum

 

The fourth year provides 14 weeks of required clinical experiences, and 18 weeks of electives:

Medical or Pediatric Sub-Internship

4 Weeks

Surgical Subspecialties

4 Weeks

Geriatrics or Chronic Care Pediatrics

4 Weeks

Anesthesiology

1 Week

Rehabilitation Medicine

1 Week

Electives

18 Weeks

Sub-internship

The aim of the required sub-internship rotation is to provide a supervised experience at a level above that of a third-year clerk and comparable in most aspects to that of an intern, but with closer supervision and a lower volume of patients.

Surgical Subspecialities

The surgical subspecialties rotation is designed to provide students with experiences in four subspecialties (orthopaedics, ophthalmology, urology and otolaryngology) with a focus on physical examination skills, diagnosis and management of common diagnoses in these fields.

Geriatrics or Chronic Care Pediatrics

Students choose between the geriatrics or chronic care pediatrics rotation, both of which allow them to learn about the epidemiology, diagnosis, management and social aspects of chronic conditions at one of the two extremes of the life cycle.

Rehabilitation Medicine

During the 1-week intensive rotation in rehabilitation medicine students learn about other aspects of chronic conditions and practice the examination of the joints in great detail.

Anesthesia

The 1-week rotation in anesthesia permits students to devote time to consideration of the goals and complications of anesthesia and to consideration of the basic principles of airway management.

Students plan their elective program with the advice of a faculty advisor and a member of the Dean’s office. Electives may be taken at the medical school and its affiliated hospitals or at other medical schools, teaching hospitals and medically related institutions.