Three Year Track

The Boonshoft School of Medicine was approved to offer a Three-Year Track for medical students in 2019. Students admitted to the Three-Year Track, called MD in 3, will graduate from medical school one year early and can then have direct progression to residency at Wright State University.  Students may apply to other residencies through the National Residency Match Program.

Tracks currently available:

Family Medicine and Pediatrics

Number of students admitted to each track:

Up to two students per year

Students in the MD in 3 are required to complete all graduation requirements. However, they do not take electives, which allows them to graduate early. They have required clinical experiences at Boonshoft School of Medicine in the summer after their first year of medical school, and it will be in the specialty they are pursuing. So, they can maintain and build upon the clinical skills they learn over the summer. MD in 3 students will have Friday afternoon clinicals once or twice per month throughout their second year of medical school with faculty in the residency program for their specialty. MD in 3 students will have regular meetings with the residency director and clerkship director in their chosen specialty. Students will go through the National Residency Match Program.

Year in Med School 4 Year Curriculum MD in 3 Curriculum
Admission into Medical School Same Requirements Same Requirements
First Year of Medical School Foundations Curriculum Foundations Curriculum
Summer between First Year & Second Year of Medical School Options (AHEC, global, research, time off, etc.)

4-weeks of relevant Clinical Experience

Foundations Curriculum Foundations Curriculum Continued mentoring/Clinical Experience 2 half days/month

Doctoring Year of Medical School:

Early April - Mid May Rotation 1 (IM, Surgery, FM, OB/GYN or Peds) Rotation 1 (IM, Surgery or OB/GYN)
Mid May - Late June Rotation 2 Rotation 2 (IM, Surgery or OB/GYN)
Late June - Early August Rotation 3 Rotation 3 (IM, Surgery or OB/GYN)
Early August - Mid September Rotation 4 Peds or FM^
Late September - Early November Rotation 5 Peds or FM^
Early November - Mid December Rotation 6 Advanced Doctoring Bootcamp—4 weeks, plus 2 weeks Geriatrics Clerkship. MUST take Step 2 CK by first week of January
Early January - Late January Psych/Neuro or IM electives Psych/Neuro or IM electives
Late January - Late February Psych/Neuro or IM electives Psych/Neuro or IM electives

Late February - Late March

Psych/Neuro or IM electives Psych/Neuro or IM electives

Advanced Doctoring Year of Medical School:

April Advanced Doctoring Bootcamp: Step 2 CK Sub-I or (Emergency Medicine) EMD clerkship


Electives, Sub I, or EMD EMD clerkship or Sub-I and graduation


Electives, Sub I, or EMD Break/Begin Residency

^If in FM MD in 3, will take peds, and if on peds MD in 3, will take FM

Requirements for Continuance in the MD in 3

  1. Pass USMLE Step 1 on the first attempt.
  2. Pass all Foundations modules on the first attempt.
  3. Participate in once or twice monthly clinical afternoons with Residency faculty during the second year of the Foundations curriculum.
  4. Have positive performance reviews every six months with the Residency Program Director and the Clerkship Director during the second and third years.
  5. Pass all clerkships on the first attempt.
  6. Advance through the medical school curriculum without any delays or leaves of absence.
  7. Meet all professionalism and communication milestones.
  8. Apply for residency through the NRMP Match Program.
  9. Pass Step 2 CK on the first attempt.
  10. Meet all educational program objectives and graduation requirements of the traditional four year curriculum.

Applying to the MD in 3

Application and CV must be submitted by 5pm on January 31st (of first year of medical school).

  1. The application to the MD in 3 can be accessed in BAMS under “Courses” > “Non-Curricular Events” > “3YR”.  Download the application and save it as “LastName application”.  Complete and submit to MD in 3 Dropbox.
  2. Submit current CV via MD in 3 Dropbox.

Programs will review applications and conduct interviews during February and March.

Final decisions will be made by April 1st (of first year of medical school).

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I’m in the MD in 3 and decide I want to pursue a different specialty?

A student may leave the MD in 3 track at any time should they change career goals, or wish to experinece the 4 year curriculum.

What if I’m in the MD in 3 and decide I want to apply to residency programs outside of Wright State? 

Student may apply to any residency program that they desire.

What if a personal emergency causes me to take a temporary leave of absence from school?

For all of these situations, the student reverts back to the traditional curriculum, assuming he/she is in good standing with the BSOM.

May I enter the MD in 3 later than my first year of medical school?

No, the only time one can apply to and enter the MD in 3 is during the first year.

What happens if I am in the MD in 3 and do not meet one of the conditions for staying in the track?

As long as the student is still in good standing with BSOM he/she returns to the traditional track.

Who is an ideal candidate for the MD in 3?

Ideal candidates have done sufficient career exploration to feel confident in their choice of specialty.  They have adjusted to the pace and rigor of medical school, as demonstrated by successfully passing all Foundations courses and maintaining a healthy school/life balance. They have the self-discipline and time management skills needed to study for board exams while in their clerkship year.  They want to complete their residency in Dayton and practice in Ohio.

What if I really want to do the MD in 3, but I’m not interested in Family Medicine or Pediatrics for my specialty?

At this time, Family Medicine and Pediatrics are the only options available. For other specialties, you need to do the traditional curriculum.

Can I do the MD in 3 alongside another track, such as the rural pathway or the global health track?

Possibly.  If there are conflicting requirements, contact the director of the other track to ask if there is any flexibility in that track’s requirements. The curriculum and requirements of the MD in 3 are NOT flexible.

Last edited on 06/25/2021.