The M-3 Elective is intended to be an opportunity to engage in career exploration. This will be a mandatory experience, with the option of pursuing an elective within whatever discipline 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 the elective.
The implementation of this elective requires your careful advanced planning. The bullet points below will summarize various administrative policies related to the M3 elective:
- 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 this elective course will be the responsibility of each student, with a timeline requiring you to complete all details approximately 60 days
The elective will receive a pass/fail grade in the official student transcript.
Any student who does not complete the required arrangements by the deadline will receive a grade of F in regard to the M3 elective.
You will not be allowed to do international rotations to fulfill the M3 elective requirement
Faculty will reserve the right to accept M3 students for this elective rotation 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.