Academics

Lottery

MS4 Lottery Introduction

Each year rising fourth year students participate in a lottery which enables students to select and rank course choices for the upcoming academic year. The MS4 Lottery will run in two enrollment phases. In Phase One, required courses, missing 3rd year clerkships, and MS4 selectives will be assigned according to a match of preferences with available courses. Phase Two provides students a second opportunity to select Basic Science and Sub-I courses that may not have been received in Phase I. Additionally, students will select electives to construct their senior year schedule for the period of July 2019 through May 2020.

To get started, visit the Lottery web site at: http://lottery.bsd.uchicago.edu, beginning Tuesday, April 2nd.

 

Opens - Tuesday, April 2 Closes - Monday, April 15 at 11:59 PM

Phase One assigns the courses needed to fulfill the following fourth year requirements:

  1. Emergency Medicine - rank all clerkship four-week blocks
  2. Basic Science Selective - 150 units total
  3. Inpatient/Sub-I Selective - 150 units total
  4. Clerkship in Neurology or Family Medicine for those who deferred

Note: In the event a date conflict is encountered (two courses are potentially assigned for the same period), the final assignment will be calculated using the following order:

  1. Inpatient/Sub-I
  2. Neurology or Family Medicine clerkship
  3. Emergency Medicine
  4. Basic Science

Phase One Results Posted 
Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Phase One results will be posted on the Lottery website. After viewing results, a swap/drop period will take place.

Phase One Swap/Drop Period 
Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - Monday, April 22 at Noon

At the end of Phase One, results are posted on the Lottery website. During the interval between Phase One and Phase Two, students have the opportunity to trade selectives on a one for one basis or to drop a selective altogether. All swaps must be reported by both students via email to Maureen Okonski. All swaps must be submitted no later than Monday, April 22 at Noon. All unfilled electives and basic science selectives from Phase One will be available in Phase Two of the Lottery.

Opens - Tuesday, April 23, 2019 Closes - Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 11:59 PM

In an effort to complete senior schedules, during Phase Two, students will select and rank electives and any remaining selectives. The process of Phase Two is identical to Phase One.

Phase Two Results Posted 
Thursday, May 2, 2019

Phase Two Results are posted on the lottery website. Swap/Drop occurs after Phase Two results are posted. No simple adds allowed during this period.

Phase Two Swap/Drop Period 
Thursday, May 2, 2019 - Monday, May 6 at Noon

At the end of Phase Two, results are posted on the Lottery website. Prior to releasing senior schedules to departments, students are provided a final opportunity to Swap/Drop courses on a one-for-one basis or to drop an elective altogether. All swaps must be reported by both students via email to Maureen Okonski. All swaps must be submitted no later than Monday, May 6 at Noon. No simple adds allowed during this period.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Results are posted on the Lottery website after departmental review.

MS4 Lottery Notes

Inpatient/Sub-I:A total of 150 credits of Inpatient/Sub-I is a senior requirement. If in Phase One you are not assigned an Inpatient Selective, you will be given second opportunity to select choices during Phase Two of the Lottery for this assignment.

Emergency Medicine:Clerkship is a 150 credit senior requirement.

Basic Science:A total of 150 credits of selectives in the Scientific Basis of Medical Practice is a senior requirement. If in Phase One you are not assigned a basic science course, you will be given second opportunity to select choices during Phase Two of the Lottery for this assignment.

Elective: Electives are assigned during Phase Two. Enter as many courses in your preference list as you have an interest. Two two-week courses may be coupled in one month and multiple one-month courses may be coupled.

3rd Year Deferred Clerkships:Students who elected to defer either their Family Medicine or Neurology clerkship, will be required to rank these in Phase One. The Neurology clerkship can only be taken in the Summer and Autumn quarters only. These dates overlap the month and correspond to the 3rd year clerkship schedule. Family Medicine will offer a special section which runs from the first day to the last day of the month.

Beginning Thursday, May 9, changes to your schedule can be made online. Detailed instructions will be posted on Pritzker's website and emailed to MS4 students. All course additions will be placed on your schedule provided there is room in the course you are trying to add. The system will not allow you to add courses that met in the past or that are currently in progress. If you are interested in a course, please finalize your enrollment prior to the published start of the course.

A summary of your schedule and an overall tally of senior year units will also appear on my.uchicago.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Senior Lottery & Senior Year

Students can bid on remaining Sub-Is during Phase 2 of the Senior Lottery.

The Lottery will schedule only one Sub-I rotation. Students can add a second rotation after the Lottery closes through https://my.uchicago.edu.

No. The Sub-I must be four contiguous weeks.

No. Third year clerkships are required rotations and students should not schedule any other activities during this block.

Students can enroll in additional classes through https://classes.uchicago.edu/.

No.

Periodically recruitment emails are sent to students via listhost. These emails detail the course, number of PE slots available, responsibilities, and reward (credit, honorarium amounts). The email also includes an application link. Students complete the application and send a copy of their CV to Michael McGinty. The completed applications are sent to course directors on a weekly basis. Course directors contact students for interviews and then make offers until they fill all positions.

Many schools use the AAMC's VSAS site; however, students should visit individual schools' website to review its process and requirements. AND be sure to complete Pritzker's Away Rotation application and submit to Jill Kelly.

Emergency Medicine is a four week clerkship where students are assigned 16 required shifts. You cannot take any electives during Emergency Medicine.

With careful planning, students could schedule a few interviews during this rotation. However the clerkship takes priority so students should not miss scheduled days.

Students should try to enroll in as many courses as possible through the Lottery. However, pay attention to the rotations that cannot be dropped.

Students should try to enroll in as many classes as possible, but minimally for Sub-I, Emergency Medicine and Basic Science Selective rotations. Students are not required to sign up for electives in the lottery but may do so during fourth year. Popular electives may be full after the lottery and open courses are open to visiting students a week after the lottery ends.

Yes, provided there is not a scheduling conflict.

Medicine Sub-Is and most of the Basic Science selectives rotations.

Interview season is time-intensive. For this reason, our career advising team recommends that students applying in the larger specialties keep late November, early December or January open, if at all possible for interviews.

If you are applying in Dermatology, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics, or Emergency Medicine, plan to keep December, January, and February flexible.

If applying in the military match, you will need to keep September-November flexible.

Most students take their Step 2 exams in October/November, which is just at the start of the residency application season. Our students have traditionally done very well on Step 2 and have not had a conflict with the interview season.

Interview season is time-intensive. For this reason, our career advising team recommends that students applying in the larger specialties keep late November, early December or January open, if at all possible for interviews.

If you are applying in Dermatology, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics, or Emergency Medicine, plan to keep December, January, and February flexible.

If applying in the military match, you will need to keep September-November flexible.

Also refer to page 7 of your residency booklet.

Which months you leave free for interviewing depends in part on the specialty you believe you will be going into.

Interview season is time-intensive. For this reason, our career advising team recommends that students applying in the larger specialties keep late November, early December or January open, if at all possible for interviews.

If you are applying in Dermatology, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedics, or Emergency Medicine, plan to keep December, January, and February flexible.

If applying in the military match, you will need to keep September-November flexible.

Also refer to page 7 of the residency booklet.

No. Keep in mind most students' submit their residency application by mid September. Any of the faculty members that you worked with during your internal medicine rotation would be good faculty to write your letters of recommendation. Also, internal medicine is very open to receive letters from other specialties (Pediatrics, Family Medicine, etc.) You just need to make sure that you have at least one internal medicine faculty member co-sign your Chair's letter.

Many of our students who have matched at some of the most prestigious hospitals in the country did not do their sub-I in time to submit a letter for the application process.

No. Keep in mind most students' submit their residency application by mid September. Any of the faculty members that you worked with during your internal medicine rotation would be good faculty to write your letters of recommendation. Also, internal medicine is very open to receive letters from other specialties (Pediatrics, Family Medicine, etc.) You just need to make sure that you have at least one internal medicine faculty member co-sign your Chair's letter.

Many of our students who have matched at some of the most prestigious hospitals in the country did not do their sub-I in time to submit a letter for the application process.

No. Not at all. Keep in mind most students' submit their residency application by mid September. The majority of students' letters of recommendation come from faculty they worked with during their third year clerkships.