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Year 3/4 Curriculum Overview

The 3rd and 4th years are viewed as a single unit with the student assuming progressive responsibility for patient care. The third year provides an introduction to clinical science. Students are evaluated based on clinical performance and end-of-clerkship examinations. Approximately 1/4 of the third year is spent in ambulatory care settings. The fourth year that follows includes more independent, direct patient care opportunities.

The combined 3rd and 4th years provide a strong grounding in clinical science with a progressive opportunity for primary patient care responsibility. The curriculum is designed to prepare the medical student for the increasing responsibility demanded by the specialty residency programs throughout the country.

Duty Hours

Medical students at the University Of Maryland School Of Medicine will adhere to the duty hour regulations as specified by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) for PL2 residents and above. This includes a limit of 80 hours of work per week, averaged over a four week period. Periods of duty cannot exceed 24 continuous hours, with up to 4 hours to complete effective transitions in patient care. Students must have a minimum of 8 hours off between scheduled duty periods, and must have at least 14 hours off following a 24 hour period of duty.

Last Revision: December 18, 2012