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As part of our "4 Years at Duke-NUS" series, we have invited a group of students to share their respective reflections as the curriculum year comes to an end and they move into the next academic year. Our fourth contributor is  Dr Joshua Chua (Class of 2014). Read on as he shares his experience in the fouth year of medical school.

Advice for the Fourth Year

So now you’re in your final year; you’re striding into wards with confidence exuding, casually waving at professors and hitting questions out of the park like a boss… well at least some of your classmates seem like they are..

Fourth year of medical school can be quite an exciting and positive year, on one hand, there is quite a bit of stress over residency applications, on the other hand, its the part of your medical school education where you get to be more relaxed and have more control over your time.

While it might seem that the amount of available time is relatively abundant, it would be good to prioritize on a few things

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As part of our "4 Years at Duke-NUS" series, we have invited a group of students to share their respective reflections as the curriculum year comes to an end and they move into the next academic year. Our third contributor is Anuradha Pandey, a current MS3 student. Read on as she shares her experience in the third year of medical school.

As the start of our final year at Duke-NUS fast approaches, I was asked to reflect upon my third year experience, and to share some ‘pearls of wisdom’ with the ingoing 3rd years. These reflect my personal views however, and I would advice you to speak with other seniors as well!

As part of our "4 Years at Duke-NUS" series, we have invited a group of students to share their respective reflections as the curriculum year comes to an end and they move into the next academic year. Our second contributor is Shu Fang, a current MS2 student. Read on as she shares her experience in the second year of medical school.

Today (15-Aug-2014) marks the end of our 48-week clerkship in Year 2.

We will run our last final lap next week before we can duly call ourselves MS3 instead of “old MS2” - that is, after finishing CPX2, CBSE and CCSE!

However, let’s not think about those upcoming exams for now. It is a good opportunity for me to take a hiatus and reflect back on the ups and downs for the past 1 year and for you to have a glimpse of the life of a 2nd year medical student in Duke-NUS!

Although I am not quite sure why I was invited to write this blog, I hope I can accurately reflect what my classmates and I had gone through for the last 1 year.

As part of our "4 Years at Duke-NUS" series, we have invited a group of students to share their respective reflections as the curriculum year comes to an end and they move into the next academic year. Our next contributor is Anu, a current MS3 student. Read on as he shares her experience in the 3rd year of medical school.

As the start of our final year at Duke-NUS fast approaches, I was asked to reflect upon my third year experience, and to share some ‘pearls of wisdom’ with the ingoing 3rd years. These reflect my personal views however, and I would advice you to speak with other seniors as well!

The process started with Research week sometime early in our second year, where meetings were scheduled with various clinical departments as well as the research programs within Duke-NUS. Our seniors presented their research projects to us, and that probably helped some of us identify areas of interest as well as research mentors. I didn’t have a clear idea of what I wanted to do – I only knew I wanted to do clinical research. So for the next couple of months I contacted and met with a number of mentors to get an idea about some of the research projects available, and also to get a sense for the support I would have. My current mentor did advise me to work with a department I was interested in applying to residency to, but I figured research skills would be applicable wherever. Looking back, and this is admittedly not new advice:

As part of our "4 Years at Duke-NUS" series, we have invited a group of students to share their respective reflections as the curriculum year comes to an end and they move into the next academic year. Our first contributor is Hong King, a current MS1 student. Read on as he shares his experience in the first year of medical school.