The M3 Clinical Elective follows the Psychiatric Medicine Clerkship.
The M3 Community Elective follows the Ob/Gyn Clerkship.
The M-3 Electives are intended to be opportunities to engage in career exploration. These will be mandatory experiences, with the option of pursuing electives within whatever disciplines you choose. It is expected that you will most often choose electives in a clinical discipline; but an elective in a basic science discipline would also be allowed if related to career exploration. If you have already firmly selected a career choice, you could elect to pursue some aspect of that discipline in depth (e.g. rural medicine, primary care). Or, you could elect to spend time in a more “systems” oriented experience designed to enhance your understanding of health economics, health care systems, evidence-based medicine, public health, preventive medicine or similar topics. Clinical research could also serve as the basis of an elective.
The implementation of these electives require your careful advanced planning. The bullet points below will summarize various administrative policies related to M3 electives:
- Identifying a potential site and primary preceptor
- Formulating educational objectives for the experience
- Completing all required paperwork, including signatures of faculty
- Completion of an official evaluation form by a preceptor regarding student performance
Planning for the elective courses will be your responsibility, with a timeline requiring you to complete all details approximately 60 days in advance.
The electives will receive pass/fail grades in your official student transcript.
If you do not complete the required arrangements by the deadline, you will receive a grade of F.
You will not be allowed to do international rotations to fulfill the M3 elective requirements.
Faculty will reserve the right to accept you for these elective rotations using “first come, first served” and/or other criteria.
You will be required to furnish a short description of the elective experience (no more than one paragraph) as part of our overall program evaluation efforts.