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Dr. Joseph B. Martin, Dean of the Harvard University Faculty of Medicine
Dr. Malcolm Cox, Dean for Medical Education
Dr. Nancy Oriol, Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Dr. Orah Platt, Castle Society Master
Dr. William Taylor, Castle Society Associate Master
Dr. Gordon Strewler, Cannon Society Master
Dr. Robart Masland, Cannon Society Associate Master
Dr. Julian Seifter, Cannon Society Associate Master
Dr. Katharine Treadway, Cannon Society Associate Master
Dr. Augustus White, Holmes Society Master
Dr. Anthony DAmico, Holmes Society Master
Dr. Helen Shields, Holmes Society Associate Master
Dr. Joseph Bonventre, HST Society Master
Dr. Richard Mitchell, HST Society Associate Master
Dr. Ronald Arky, Peabody Society Master
Dr. Beverly Woo, Peabody Society Associate Master
Dr. Susan Pauker, Peabody Society Associate Master
Dr. Stephen Blacklow, Peabody Society Associate Master

To the Deans and Associate Deans of Harvard Medical School, Society Masters, and Associate Society Masters:

We were recently informed that we, the rising third years, will be required to complete the three one-month core clerkships of Radiology, Neurology, and Psychiatry before October 1 of our fourth year. Historically, Harvard medical students were not required to complete these core clerkships until much later in the fourth year, after residency applications and match lists had already been submitted. This new requirement will limit the amount of flexible time that we, the Class of 2006 and future classes, will have before residency applications are due (typically August / September / October of fourth year), since we now have twelve months of core requirements to complete in the fifteen months from July 1, 2004 October 1, 2005. Typically, Harvard medical students had six months with which to plan their elective rotations before residency applications were due, whereas we now only have a maximum of three.

These new requirements severely limit our flexibility during medical school for career decision making. As a result, there will be many opportunities that we will not be able to take advantage of. Some of these opportunities are necessary to identify and explore potential career choices, while others are necessary to assemble competitive applications in specialized fields of medicine. Examples of ways that these flexible months are typically used include elective courses in specialized fields (e.g., Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Dermatology, Neurosurgery, Urology, etc.), away rotations at programs to which students intend to apply, research opportunities in fields of interest, and sub-internships in surgery and medicine. The imposition of this new requirement further limits our ability to take full advantage of these opportunities to explore career paths and construct competitive residency applications for specialized and early match fields.

This decision negatively impacts the Class of 2006 and all future classes; we have not received a compelling argument outlining the benefits (to outweigh the numerous negatives) that we will receive by our mandatory completion of these clerkships by the new deadline. We understand the importance of neurology, radiology, and psychiatry in our clinical training and in our preparation for Step II and IIB of the USMLE boards. However, we question the rationale for selecting the specific date of October 1 for completion of these clerkships. The date of October 1, 2005 falls right during the deadlines for residency applications, while completion of Step II of the USMLE is not required until December 31, 2005. The deadline of October 1 thus seems to be, and was even admitted to be, an arbitrary date.

As students of Harvard Medical School, we have always been encouraged to independently pursue opportunities and have been made responsible for our own medical education. For example, much of the curriculum is focused around self-motivated and self-driven learning. In addition, many students are encouraged to participate in individualized research projects and unique shadowing opportunities. We have always been responsible for our own learning and career growth; therefore, we are extremely uncomfortable with the new requirements which were instituted without our input.

We strongly urge the Deans, Associate Deans, Society Masters, and Associate Society Masters to reconsider this decision. We believe that the establishment of this deadline will have a negative impact on the quality of our medical education and our chances of assembling residency applications of the highest caliber. Therefore, we strongly urge you to reconsider the establishment of an arbitrary deadline for the completion of these core clerkships. However, if a deadline were felt to be absolutely necessary, we feel that a much more tenable date would be December 1, 2005.

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