Elective Categories

Please note that you now have the option to search and sort electives based on keyword, campus, or elective category.

Planning electives based on career specialty interest:

The IUSM Mentoring and Advising Program provides an excellent guide for each specialty. This highly recommended guide includes recommendations for electives based on your specialty interest. For unique situations and other questions, please talk with your career faculty advisor and Lead Advisor.

Students select from five categories of electives:

  • Clinical Practice Electives
    Students develop patient care skills and familiarity with the fundamental principles of practicing in a particular specialty.
  • Advanced Clinical Electives
    Students actively participate in a robust clinical experience as an integrated member of a healthcare team. These electives also allow for reflection on professional development and career pathways.
  • Advanced Science Electives
    Students pursue a review or scholarly research experience in the biomedical sciences and explore its relevance in clinical medicine.
  • Professional Development Electives
    Students develop knowledge and skills outside of the traditional medical school curriculum that advance their success in medical practice
  • Special Electives
    Students can pursue unique opportunities that are available outside of the IUSM electives catalog. These require advance discussion and planning with your advisors and the Medical Student Education office. A Special Elective Proposal Form (Sample Form) must be completed in order to enroll in a Special Elective course.

Critical Care Selectives

Please check out our Critical Care Selectives catalog.

Career Exploration

We also offer career exploration electives.

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