Electives in the first two years of medical school supplement the required courses and provide additional experiences that allow for career exploration and support the diverse interests of our students.
~50 different electives currently available to students in the first two years of medical school!
Career electives to explore fields like dermatology, orthopedics, urology
Mission Medical Clinic - Free clinic in Colorado Springs. Students will serve as volunteer clinicians by providing mentored primary care to adults lacking medical insurance.
Electives for the different tracks – LEADS, Urban Underserved, Global Health, Rural, Research, etc.
A broad range of other electives including: Refugee and Immigrant Health, Digital MD: Social Media and Scholarship, and Mindful Living
Electives in the first two years are NOT required for graduation and the units obtained don’t count toward graduation. Phase I & II electives should supplement the required courses and provide additional experiences that allow for career exploration and support the diverse interests of our students. Remember that your primary goal needs to be focusing on the Essential Core.
No added tuition to take electives.
Electives are offered each semester (fall phase I, spring phase I, summer phase I, fall phase II, spring phase II)
Although each academic semester has a pre-set add/drop deadline, a student may drop an elective without penalty up to 7 days after the first offering of the elective. If this drop occurs before the start date of the course, the student drops the course in Oasis. If the student drops after the start date of the course, they should email SOM.Schedule@ucdenver.edu. If the drop occurs after the standard add/drop period, the student should gain approval from the course director and the Assistant Dean for the Essentials Core.
Phase I students register for Fall electives later in the semester and will start the electives after Human Body has concluded.
Electives cannot have required sessions during the step I study time at the end of second year.
Students may not enroll in electives if they are on probation. The promotion committee may elect to limit electives for students on Academic Warning but that is done on a case-by-case basis.
The electives curriculum for Phase IV is designed to foster the development of graduates who are knowledgeable, skillful and ethical, as well as broaden and balance the overall education of each student. It serves the purpose of career exploration and focuses students in preparation for graduate medical education.