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Year 4 curriculum

Fourth year at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine is focused on the inpatient setting. Throughout the fourth year, students participate in a variety of subinternships, as well as several months reserved for electives.

Throughout the year, students will participate in:

  • One medicine four-week sub-internship in an inpatient facility
  • One additional four-week sub-internship in medicine or another core discipline
  • One four-week acute care rotation
  • One two-week interprofessional selective
  • One one-week Senior Seminar course
  • One Core Week emphasizing preparation for residency
  • Five additional months of electives
GCSOM MD year 4

Residency prep

Knowing how you compare to others competing for the same residency program is essential. That’s why Geisinger Commonwealth uses the Association of American Medical Colleges’ (AAMC) model of assessing readiness for residency matching, together with our own institutional data, to provide practical counseling services as you plan your application and compare it to those who have successfully matched in your desired specialty.

All Geisinger Commonwealth students have a career coach to see them through to a successful residency match. Everything from the mean number of research experiences you have to the number and quality of volunteer experiences influences your chances of gaining entry to your desired specialty. Your coach will help you navigate these critical decisions and when your third year begins, weekly team support is available for:

  • CV prep and personal statement development and two-tier review of finished product
  • Specialty specific advising
  • Mock interviews
  • Rank order list assistance
  • Peer mentoring by alumni

Geisinger Commonwealth’s student-centered approach to medical education reaches its denouement in the fourth year. That’s when an abundance of resources is brought to bear to ensure our students make the best residency match possible. Geisinger Commonwealth’s collaborative advising model is intensive and effective. In fact, the school’s student affairs team presented on their approach at a meeting of the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

The process begins with collaborative team meetings held weekly beginning in the second half of the third year. During the fourth year, the team continues to meet weekly to guide students through the application and interview season. Institutional match data are used to assist students in comparing their application to that of alumni who have successfully gained interviews and match status. Students receive strategic direction in regard to application submission, and alumni provide peer mentoring, as needed.

To learn more about Match Day at Geisinger Commonwealth and to see a list of our past residency matches, click here.