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Make studying, doing well on your rotations, and passing your exams your priority, second only to taking good care of your health and well-being.

Tips for Rotations

  • You will do clinical rotations in the core specialties: obstetrics and gynecology, internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, surgery, and psychiatry. Your COM will be your best reference for finding and scheduling your rotations; you can view program information in the Opportunities database.

  • Request letters of recommendation from members of the medical staff who supervised you during your best rotations, especially the supervisors for the specialties in which you are most interested.

  • Ensure that you have liability insurance coverage during your rotations.

  • While in rotation at a program you may want to apply to for residency, make formal presentations during rounds or present articles at journal club meetings.

Planning Ahead for OMS-IV

  • The summer before your fourth year, your COM will give you your "token," a personalized access code to ERAS, the Electronic Residency Application Service, which you will use to electronically apply to postdoctoral training programs. Learn how ERAS works.

  • Read about the Match process and start considering what specialties and locations you are most interested in for your residency.

  • In the summer before your fourth year, book your travel arrangements to Philadelphia for the COMLEX-Level 2 PE. Take the test early; slots are limited and you want to make sure you have enough time to retake the test if necessary.

  • Update your CV and portfolio, which you will need as you apply for rotations, residency and scholarships. 

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