Careers in Medicine CiM Home / Explore Options / Educational Experience Educational Experience SHARE: Facebook Twitter Linkedin Email Favorite Add to Favorites Added Added to Favorites Removed from Favorites Removed Schedule Planning your third year There are no hard-and-fast rules for determining the order of clerkships, but excessive scheming or wasting lots of time on this decision seems unwarranted.. Scheduling clinical rotations Scheduling your clinical rotations may seem easy or, conversely, overwhelming. Here's what you need to know. Creating a fourth-year schedule when you're undecided It’s time to plan your fourth-year schedule, but you’re still undecided about your specialty choice. Creating a fourth-year schedule when you know your top specialties While no perfect schedule exists, there are some strategies you can use to optimize your fourth year and integrate it with the residency application timeline. Leave of Absence (LoA) Leaves of absence: Should I stay or should I go? We examine the reasons for a leave of absence, the decision to take one, and how to plan for a successful leave and return. Additonal Education The career advantages of pursuing a joint degree What are the advantages of getting a joint degree such as an M.P.H. or M.B.A., and how can a physician use these in their career paths?