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Planning Your Clinical Years

Entering the clinical years is a major milestone for medical students! It indicates the successful completion of Step 1 and marks the long-anticipated and significant shift to hands-on patient care. This is also the time, through experiences in required clerkships, in which students begin to narrow their career choices. Third year begins with a mandatory orientation in which students learn about what it means to be "on the floors". The orientation program, hosted by the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education, features advice from current students, training on those topics in which students need to hit the ground running, and introduction of clinical faculty.

Clinical Years Scheduling

In the early spring of the MS II year, clinical years courses are scheduled based on "tracks" which are designed to ensure students complete all clerkships in year three of medical school. Each track sequences the clerkships and identifies the specific period in which students take the clerkships. Students select their tracks through the electronic Track Selection process. For this process, each student is assigned a randomly generated number that determines priority for selecting tracks. Fourth year electives are added via My Upstate or the Elective Lottery.

Elective Lottery

The elective lottery is designed to provide the greatest flexibility possible in choosing electives. The elective lottery operates on the principle that what a student takes is more important than in which period it is taken, but that students want some control over both factors. The steps of the elective lottery are as follows:

  1. Each third year student will be given twelve lottery numbers.
  2. Students request their course preferences via the web through MyUpstate.
  3. Once the elective lottery has been run, students' schedules are available through MyUpstate.

More information about "how to" will be provided by the Registrar's Office in a timely fashion for each class as the lottery approaches.

Elective Lottery Frequently Asked Questions.