Brody School of Medicine students are given time in the M3 year for two 2-week clinical electives.These electives are intended to be opportunities to engage in career exploration. The electives follow the OB/GYN and Psychiatry clerkships.These are mandatory experiences, and students have the option of pursuing electives within whatever disciplines they choose. It is expected that students 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 a student has already firmly selected a career choice, they could elect to pursue some aspect of that discipline in depth. Or, they could elect to spend time in a more "systems" oriented experience designed to enhance their 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, but needs to be part of a broader context of research (see Dr. Schmidt if this is your plan). A letter from the research mentor will also be required.
The implementation of these electives requires careful advanced planning. The bullet points below summarize various student responsibilities:
- Identifying a potential site and primary preceptor
- Formulating educational objectives for the experience
- Completing all required paperwork, including signatures of faculty-Research electives require an additional 1 page proposal signed by the preceptor.
- Completion of an official evaluation form by a preceptor regarding student performance
It is the student's responsibility to make sure that the elective paperwork is submitted to Student Affairs in a timely fashion (2 months in advance). Failure to submit the paperwork on time will result in a comment on timeliness/professionalism being added to the M3 Elective evaluation.
Students will not be allowed to do international rotations to fulfill the M3 elective requirements.
The electives will receive pass/fail grades in the official student transcript.
Clerkship Elective Month Application due
1 August June
2 October August
3 December October
4 February December
5 April February
6 June April