The fourth year is divided into eleven one-month blocks. All students are required to complete and pass the following eight blocks:
The University of Central Florida College of Medicine M4 Emergency Medicine Clerkship introduces the student to the initial assessment, evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment of typical chief complaints seen in an emergency department. The student spends 4 weeks in a busy emergency department seeing both pediatric and adult patients suffering from medical, surgical, or traumatic disease. Students are responsible for the assessment and management of their patients while working closely with other students, residents, fellows, and attending physicians as well as hospital staff, nurses, respiratory therapists, and chaplains. Students observe and may participate in a variety of procedures. Regular attendance at weekly didactic and hands-on conferences, simulation sessions, and journal clubs is required. A case presentation is also required.
The three remaining blocks of the fourth year may be used for other electives, independent study, further research, residency interviews or remediation (if needed). Students finish the fourth year with a four-week Capstone Experience that provides specialty-specific preparation for internship, leadership training and teaching experience.