Brody School of Medicine students
are given time in the M3 year for two 2-week clinical elective. 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. A letter from the research mentor will also
The implementation of these
electives requires careful advanced planning.
The bullet points below summarize various administrative policies
related to M3 electives:
- Identify a potential site and
- Formulate educational objectives for
- Complete all required paperwork,
including signature of preceptor
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.
M3 Elective Ideas:
- new preceptors/sites of a student’s
- Brody M4 Catalog courses (course
contacts are found on the OSA M4 scheduling page and course descriptions are
found on the OME M4 Curriculum page)
- experiences that other students have had:
M3 Electives 2015-2016
M3 Electives 2016-2017
M3 ELECTIVE APPLICATION FORM