hey guys, im a first year at pittmed and we just had a meeting with the dean re: a new curriculum for next year's class. they're still designing it now and they are 90% sure it will be ready and in place by august: as of next year's class, the preclinical curriculum will be 1.5 years instead of 2. vacation time will be the same, but they are just condensing the courses and cutting out a lot of BS. THEREFORE: clinical years will begin in the middle of the second year. in addition: with the extra six months, the school is reserving a chunk of time in the fourth year for "scholarly pursuit." this means anything and the school is really flexible on this. basically this means research, extra courses, rotations, etc. the school just wants you to pursue anything in detail. i dont think a thesis will be required, but maybe a report... dunno. the admissions office will be sending out literature on this within the next month. i personally think it's a great idea. feel free to pm me if you guys have any questions.