Academic Calendar Updates for the Clinical Years in 2020-2021

In an effort to continue to enhance scheduling flexibility and ease the transition into clerkships, the Medical Student Education (MSE) team has revised the 2020-21 academic year calendar for Phases 2 and 3. Advantages of the new calendar include additional time to prepare for Step 1, dedicated time for clinical onboarding prior to Phase 2 clerkships, alignment of Phase 2 and Phase 3 rotation calendars, the movement of radiology into Phase 2, and the addition of dedicated Review Days prior to the end of each Phase 2 clerkship. 

Increased time to prepare for Step 1

The new academic calendar will increase the time-frame available to prepare for and take Step 1, moving the deadline to Monday, April 6th, 2020. 

Protected Time for Onboarding to Clerkships

To enhance and ease your transition into clerkships, April 7-April 10 now has expanded time to help you plan visits and make appointments for onboarding activities, to complete EMR training, and to complete other pre-clerkship training during the Orientation to Clerkships (OTC).

Addition of Review Days to Phase 2 Clerkships

In 2020-2021, during the two-week rotations, Phase 2 students will alternate between Anesthesia and Radiology.  The “Change Over”(CO) day between these two week rotations can be used for study, onboarding, or personal use.  Additionally, feedback we have received from students, especially comments submitted via the WBI (Well-Being Index) tool, indicated broad interest in dedicated review/study time to assist you during each rotation.  To address this request, in the 4 and 8 week clerkships, the clerkships are creating “Review Days” in which students are not assigned to Clinical duties. These days will be used by the Clerkship for a combination of student-driven independent learning time and/or guided sessions with high-yield reviews and teaching. 4 week clerkships (Neurology, Psychiatry, Family Medicine, Ob/Gyn) will have one Review Day, and 8 week clerkships (Surgery, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics) will have two Review Days. Schedules for Review Days will be determined by the Clerkship Directors.

Alignment of Phase 2 and Phase 3 Rotation Calendars

Phase 2 and Phase 3 clinical rotations have previously had different start dates. The new calendar updates will align the start of every block to better facilitate coordination and scheduling of clinical rotations.

Alignment of Days off/Connections Days for Phase 2 and Phase 3 Students

Phase 2 and Phase 3 students will now have mutual vacation days on Memorial Day (5/25/2020), Independence Day (7/4/2020), Thanksgiving (11/26/2020-11/29/2020), and MLK Day/Day of Service (1/18/2021). Mutual Connections Days are 4/30/2020 and 8/26/2020, creating opportunities to coordinate student-driven events across student classes. We hope that this opportunity will enhance and encourage the sense of community within the school.

Placement of Radiology in Phase 2

Radiology will now be in Phase 2 to improve your diagnostic and imaging management skills earlier in your education. This will better prepare you for your advanced clinical rotations in Phase 3 and for STEP 2 CK.

This sounds too good to be true. What’s the catch?  

More good news—these changes are accomplished without taking away vacation time over the clinical years. These calendar changes will allow our school to provide increased flexibility and customization while delivering an unparalleled educational experience. 

We understand that in some cases, a student may have made plans well in advance based on the previously published academic calendar for 2020-21. Please reach out to the curricular team by Monday, August 5, 2019 (Phase 2: Dr. Schwartz; Phase 3: Dr. Corson-Knowles​) if you have major conflicts, and we will work with you and our teams to help coordinate.​