MS4 Class Information – Nov. 2, 2023

Check your graduation status; scheduling pause begins Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023

An update for students graduating in June 2024: Explore and Focus (E&F) courses that are offered March 25, 2024, to May 3, 2024, will not be scheduled during the E&F Scheduling Pause.

If you are graduating in June 2024, please check your Clerkship Graduation Audit to ensure you are on track to graduate.

If you do not yet meet the credits required to graduate, you are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to complete your schedule prior to the start of the scheduling pause on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 4 p.m. AK, 5 p.m. PT, 6 p.m. MT.

This pause only applies to courses offered during the time frame described above. E&F courses offered before March 25, 2024, are not impacted and may be scheduled following the normal process. Exception: Permission-only courses offered during this time period may still be scheduled using the Schedule Change Request Form.

Too many interviews? Not enough?

The career advisors thank everyone who completed Interview Updates Survey #1.

The survey closes on Nov. 7. Some of you have your specialty interview release day after survey #1 closes. No problem. Career advisors will be sending out Survey #2 to everyone in December.

1) ALL STUDENTS: Please read Career Advising’s Interview Season FAQs.


  • After reviewing the Specialty Guide section called “Securing Residency Interviews, Asking For Help” (in the Residency Application Planning section) please check in with your specialty career advisor (SCA) to discuss interviews that you could release at programs not in your top priority group. Also, please check in with your specialty career advisor before you release interviews to be sure you retain the right number of programs and consider your priorities for ranking.
  • Your SCA and career advisors request that after checking with your SCA, you release additional interviews so that your classmates at UWSOM and applicants across the country who do not currently have enough interviews may be able to pick up interviews in the days ahead. This is a stressful time for our MS4s who don’t currently have enough interviews, and we want to thank you for also considering them in this season.


  • Review the Specialty Guide section called “Securing Residency Interviews, Asking For Help” in the Residency Application Planning section so you know the deadline to reach out to your SCA about your interview numbers
  • Please read the Interview Season FAQs
  • You are welcome to meet with your career advisor to strategize next steps after talking with your SCA. Appointments

We are here to support you during interview season, through ranking and the Match, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

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If you are a medical student in your fourth year, this is your opportunity to impact medical student education by sharing perspectives on any experiences you have had with robotic surgery. Please take 10 minutes to complete this confidential, anonymous online survey for a chance to win up to $50 in Amazon gift cards.

For questions about the IRB-approved study, please contact Anna Fishbein, MS4 at Georgetown University, at

ICYMI: Expanded MS4s graduating in 2025: Schedule your fourth-year Career Planning appointment

Please schedule a fourth-year Career Planning Appointment with your career advisors anytime from now through December 2023. Before your appointment, please carefully read the information and resources below and plan to spend a minimum of 90 minutes in preparation. 

If you have experienced any of the following challenges, please schedule your fourth-year Career Planning Appointment ASAP.

  • Foundations course fail(s)
  • Step 1 or Step 2CK fail. Low Step 1 or Step 2CK score, or have not taken Step 1 yet
  • Clerkship fail or clerkship exam fail
  • Two or more Passes in Patient Care Phase
  • Pass in a specialty of interest
  • Not completing Patient Care Phase in March/April
  • Expansion (specialty dependent)

In our meeting, we will discuss:

  • Your specialty interests and specialty prioritization for Explore & Focus rotations
  • Specialty decision-making strategies and timeline
  • Preliminary preparations for your residency application components

 Required steps prior to scheduling your fourth-year Career Planning Appointment (plan for 90 or more minutes of prep):

Read the Career Planning for 4th Year Guide and follow the instructions, including reviewing the slide deck at the top of the page to:

  • Understand the important components and timeframes to help you map out your E&F schedule using the Clinical Phase Planning Worksheet
  • Introduce you to the residency application process
  • Understand strategies for your residency application
  1. Download and complete the Clinical Phase Planning Worksheet found on the Career Planning for 4th Year Guide
  2. Schedule a 4th Year Career Planning Appointment (select this appointment type in the system)
  3. Upload your worksheet to your meeting in CAS so it can be discussed when you come in. Appointments cannot be modified within 24 hours of your appointment time; email your worksheet to your career advisor if less than 24 hours before your appt.

For information on specialty decision-making, review the Choosing A Career content.

If you want to look further ahead, visit the Residency Application Timeline, and Residency Application Components on the Applying to Residency page.

Your preparation for your Fourth-year Career Planning Appointment with an advisor will help us make effective use of our time together. The purpose of the meeting is for you to feel clear in your goals and tasks for fourth-year planning and preparing for your residency application. We are here to support you! 

In case you missed it, here is the previous newsletter for MS4s.

Have a wonderful week!