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Second-year medical students enter into a clerkship lottery to submit preferences for the order of the clerkships in their third year. The lottery does not apply to Tuscaloosa students who will work with the Tuscaloosa leadership to schedule the Longitudinal Integrated Curriculum.

A class meeting is held early in the spring semester of the second year to provide details on the clerkship lottery process.


Clerkship tracks include six different schedules for completing clerkships. Students rank each track in order of preference (1-6).


Class meeting Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2024
Lottery opens Immediately following class meeting
Lottery closes Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2024, at 8 a.m.
Posted to schedules Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024, by 5 p.m.
Schedule Change Requests Open for clerkships and third year electives Thursday, Feb. 29, 2024, at 5 p.m.
Drop/Add opens for electives (EL) Tuesday, April 2, 2024, at 5 p.m.

Entering Your Preferences in the Lottery

Use the Scheduling Lottery link to enter your preferences in the lottery before the posted deadline. 

Making Changes

Before the lottery deadline

You can make changes to your preferences in the lottery any time before the deadline – even if you already saved preferences previously.  The saved rank order at the time of the deadline is used for the lottery.  If you do not enter a rank order, the lottery will assign you a full schedule.

After clerkships are posted to your schedule

After the lottery runs and clerkships are added to your schedule, you may be able to make changes to your clerkship order based on availability.  You can search for courses in Course Availability.  We recommend you speak with an advisor in MSS or on your clinical campus before making change requests. Use OSCR - the Online Scheduling Request System to request changes to lottery results. 

Helpful Resources

Graduation Requirements
Montgomery Campus - Clerkship Lottery
Tuscaloosa Campus - Scheduling MS3 Coursework 
Huntsville Campus - Clerkship and Acting Internship Lottery
Video: Clerkship Lottery Overview (6:20)
Video: Birmingham Campus - Third Year Elective Lottery (1:44) 
Video: Entering Your Preferences in the Clerkship Lottery (2:56) 
Video: How to Use the Online Schedule Change Request System (OSCR) (12:16)

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