Other M4 Curriculum Components

Transition to Residency Course (2 Week Credit)

This mandatory, two-week course (Laboratory Medicine week and Capstone week) extends the current Clinical Connections and Competencies (M3 year) into the final year of medical school.

Laboratory Medicine (1 week)

Transition to Residency Laboratory Medicine week will help students understand the various purposes of laboratory tests, interpret laboratory tests based on test purpose and clinical context, appropriately order laboratory tests, and explore the scientific basis of laboratory medicine, therapeutic modalities available through the clinical laboratory (e.g., use of blood products or cell therapy), and cost-effective, evidence-based use of the treatments. Additionally, the course will help students recognize the limitations of their knowledge in laboratory medicine and know how to seek appropriate consultation from clinical pathologists or laboratory medicine professionals. For more details, visit the Laboratory Medicine page.

Capstone (1 Week)

Transition to Residency Capstone week is designed to prepare the graduating medical student for residency and will act as a bridge between medical school and residency. The goal of the course is to expose the medical student to general concepts that will provide the foundation for a more seamless transition from their M4 year to their intern year. The course will employ multiple types of didactic sessions including small and large group discussion, standardized patient encounters, team-based learning exercises, role playing and role modeling, online tutorials, and modules. For more details, visit the Essentials of Clinical Practice Professionalism 2 page.