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Advanced Year Electives/Selectives Distribution Requirements (Class of 2017 and Beyond)

20 week (credit) OVERALL Requirement comprised of 16 weeks of electives and 4 weeks of selective credits

  1. No more than 8 weeks of clinical electives in any one subspecialty discipline will count towards the 16 week (overall) graduation requirement.

    *Beginning with the Class of 2020, no more than 12 weeks of clinical electives in any one subspecialty discipline will count towards the 16 week (overall) graduation requirement.


    The following fields are counted as subspecialties:

    Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Gynecology and Obstetrics, Gynecologic Oncology, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Otorhinolaryngology, Pathology, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, Radiation Oncology, Radiology, Surgery subspecialties in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Colon and Rectal Surgery, General Surgery (i.e., Surgery SubI, etc), Neurologic Surgery, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery, Urology, Vascular Surgery and Medical and Pediatric Subspecialties (e.g. GI, ID, Cardiology, Rheumatology, Heme-Onc, etc.).

  2. No more than 8 weeks of away (extramural) clinical electives will count towards the 16 week elective graduation requirement.

  3. No more than 8 weeks of research electives will count towards the 16 week graduation requirement. Research elective credit only gets counted as research — it does NOT get counted toward the subspecialty or extramural maximums.

  4. No more than 4 weeks of senior credit will be granted for non-clinical based electives. Specifically, students may not exceed taking 4 weeks of History of Medicine, Biomedical Ethics, CBL case writing, Literature and Medicine, Medical Toxicology, etc…

  5. Students must take at least 4 weeks of "selective" Advanced Year credit chosen from a list of courses that will count as selectives. Courses taken as selectives will NOT count against the 8 week maximum in a subspecialty.

  6. Students must complete 2 weeks of an ICU elective. This requirement may be taken here or at an away institution as long as you go through the proper process to receive credit. Permission must be obtained before you begin the experience. No exceptions will be made to this rule.

    Please note: Students are permitted to register and take additional electives over and above the 16-week elective requirement. Students who wish to take more than 8 weeks in any one subspecialty, research or wish to participate in more than 8 weeks of extramural electives may do so by registering for extra elective weeks.

    Students are strongly encouraged to use their Advanced Clinical Year of medical school to broaden their knowledge base as general physicians by taking electives in fields different than those that they will ultimately practice.  Departmental suggested electives by specialty can be found here.