This week, my husband was given his first bit of information about his third year of medical school. Third year is this mysterious, looming thing - I really am not sure what to expect with regards to how many hours a week to expect him to be at the hospital or even if it is Monday-Friday, or if weekends are included...Really, I'm clueless. Everything is currently culminating in Step 1 and I just don't really know what to expect beyond that.
The third year of medical school is clinically-based, and consists of six clerkships, each lasting eight weeks. There are six different tracks that students take (which is a fancy way of saying in which order they do their clerkships). Basically, my husband takes his boards, has a week off, and is then thrown into the hospital setting for the first time after a quick orientation.
Broken down, this results in the following schedule for his entire year:
- June 16: Step 1 boards
- June 17-24: Summer Break!
- June 25-28: Orientation
- July 2-August 24: 1st clerkship
- August 27-October 19: 2nd clerkship
- October 22-December 14: 3rd clerkship
- December 15-January 6: Winter Break!
- January 7-March 1: 4th clerkship
- March 4-April 26: 5th clerkship
- April 27-May 5: Spring Break!
- May 6-June 28: 6th clerkship
- June 29-July 7: Summer Break!
The clerkships are in the following areas: Jr. Surgery, Family Medicine, Ob/Gyn, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Internal Medicine.
So here is where I come to you, you wiser med wives: is there a method to the madness to deciding in what order the clerkships should be completed? Are we correct in assuming that the clerkships that my husband thinks he will like/might want to specialize in he should try to do first? Which of the above mentioned rotations are considered to be the most difficult/time consuming/have more nights or weekends? On the flip side, are any of them generally lighter or easier? And just a couple of general questions about this whole "third year of medical school" thing - will my husband be gifted with a pager for next year, and if so, is he going to be called in at all hours of the night on a regular basis? Is it possible to request "days off" during third year? We've got quite a few weddings this year, and I'm just wondering if I will be truly beginning the time of my life when I'm the married-girl-with-no-date for most events.
Thanks everyone - this is why I love the blogging community of med wives!