2020-2021 Electives


Important Reminders:

  • Starting with the 2020-2021 academic year, all Electives will be graded Satisfactory/Fail. This applies to both Phase 2 and Phase 3 students.
  • Due to curriculum changes as a result of COVID-19, Phase 2 students may only take two-week electives for academic year 2020-2021 and only during eligible dates. The eligible dates for these two-week electives are shown on the “elective dates” in the Phase 2 Rotation Schedule.
  • If rotating at the Roudebush VA Medical Center, you must send email a minimum of 30 days prior to the start of your rotation to initiate the onboarding process. Please refer to Step 1 of the VA Onboarding process on the Transitioning to Medical Training Mednet page for the information to provide in your email.

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.


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