Please refer to individual Pathways
for specific requirements.
OF THE FOURTH YEAR
During the fourth year, each student must
meet the posted graduation requirements in the Drexel University College of Medicine Student Handbook: http://webcampus.drexelmed.edu/Handbook/pdf/DrexelMed-MedStudentHandbook.pdf
For 2019-2020, students are required to complete 40 weeks of graduation credit (38 weeks of calendar time). Students have 12.5 blocks available to schedule (50 weeks) prior to graduation. This does not include Winter Break. Scheduling requirements will be detailed in the 2019-2020 Medical Student Handbook.
Section 1. Academic Policies and Academic Progress
Guidelines for Promotion: From Year 4 to Graduation
(please note that Medical Student Handbook supersedes information below)
a. Further Explanation
- Required (Emergency Medicine Subinternship and the required Subinternship as designated by your Pathway) and Pathway-required courses must be completed, in most instances, at a "Home" site. In some instances the site is limited to a specific hospital. In special cases a Pathway-required course may be completed at an “Away” site. Please refer to the requirements of the Pathway while you and your Pathway Director/Advisor develop your proposed schedule.
- Your Pathway Director/Advisor’s signature that you have been advised/counseled is required when you begin the lottery process even though you enter your choices on-line.
- “Home” sites include the Philadelphia-area American Academic Hospitals System and our clinical educational affiliates (all rotations offered in the DUCOM Senior Electives Guide). “Away” sites include other medical schools or clinical settings other than our established educational sites.
- No more than 12 weeks may be taken at “Away” sites.
- No more than a maximum of 16 weeks may be taken in any one discipline or specialty [this INCLUDES any required Subinternship], with one exception: Medicine, in which a student may take a maximum of 24 weeks [this INCLUDES the required Medicine Subinternship]).
- A total of 4 weeks of approved research credit does not count towards total weeks of Away rotations but does count in the total weeks in the discipline.
- Students may not take the same rotation for more than 4 weeks without the approval of the Special Electives Committee (i.e., if all of the characters of the course codes are the same it is the identical course EX: MEDI8232S300 and MEDI8234S300 are the same course). The "2" and "4" represent the weeks.
- Family Medicine Guidelines: All Family Medicine rotations must be arranged through the Department of Family Medicine, Community and Preventive Medicine, regardless of the student’s Pathway.
- Students are not permitted to perform clinical rotations under the supervision of any individual when there may be a perception of a biased educational experience or evaluation. The Dean's Office reserves the right to reassign a student if a clinical rotation site has the potential of providing a biased evaluation.
- Students are not permitted to perform rotations at the same site on the same discipline with a significant other. The Dean's Office reserves the right to reassign a student if a scheduling conflict arises.
- Please keep in mind that Pathway requirements supersede the exceptions noted above and all rotations must be approved by your Pathway Director and that College of Medicine requirements must be met by all students.
b. General Information About the Pathways:
- The Pathways were developed to provide students with an advising system. You will be meeting with your Pathway Director or their designee to begin to plan your fourth year. All rotations will have to be approved and documents will have to be signed by your Pathway Director or their designee as you move through your fourth year.
- Pathway selection does NOT increase your chances of obtaining Pathway specific required courses.
- You may change your Pathway at any time prior to November 1 of your 4th year, with the approval of your current Pathway Director and the Pathway Director of the new Pathway you wish to select. You must be able to complete the requirements of the Pathway that you are in at the time of graduation.
- Senior students should have their schedules completed by February 1st of their graduation year in order for their schedules to be verified for graduation.