Moderator: Andre R. Campbell, MD, FACS, San Francisco, CA
Co-Moderator: Nancy L. Gantt, MD, FACS, Youngstown, OH

Descriptions of the fourth year of medical school range from it being a vacation and a waste of time to an opportunity to mature and increase autonomy, and prepare for residency. National organized curricula and modifications to the traditional style of medical school have been developed and tried; what can we learn from these unique experiences? A panel of experts and stakeholders will discuss methods to modify the fourth year in order to increase its value and importance. The panel will also address if it is time to rethink the need for such a year and, if, in the age of extreme accessibility of information, complete overhaul is in order.

Presentations and Speakers

Medical Student Perspective of the M4 Year
Sarah J. Armenia, MS, Newark, NJ

Surgical Educator Perspective: Alternative Educational Models
Shimae C. Fitzgibbons, MD, FACS, Washington, DC

Integration of the M4 Year into a Longitudinal Curriculum
David E. Lindsey, MD, FACS, Upper Arlington, OH

Three’s Company, Four’s a Crowd: Condensing the Curriculum into Three Years
Travis P. Webb, MD, MHPE, FACS, Milwaukee, WI

The Fourth Year of Medical School: Redesign or Replace?
Andre Campbell, MD