Elective Selection

Throughout medical school, you have opportunities to enhance your career and specialty exploration through non-clinical and clinical elective selection.

MS1s

If you are taking courses in the Foundations curriculum:

  • You may take non-clinical electives

MS2s

If you are taking courses in the Foundations curriculum:

If you are planning for your elective/off-block in the Patient Care Phase:


MS3s

If you are planning for your elective/off-block in the Patient Care Phase:

As you plan for your elective credits in the Explore & Focus Phase:

  • Select electives recommended by Specialty Career Advisor/s in the Specialty Guides
  • Read more on the Curriculum webpage
  • A helpful way to think about elective selection is to think about electives that will help you:
    • Gain exposure to various specialties for career and specialty exploration and decision-making
    • Develop skills in your intended specialty and prepare you for residency 
    • Develop your understanding of medicine that is related to your work
      • e.g. what skills will help you understand the perspective of consulting physicians you will collaborate with to support patients? 
    • Try something new! Take the interesting rotation you’ve heard great things about, live in a new WWAMI location, or try parts of medicine you may never have the option to rotate through again

MS4s

As you plan for your elective credits in the Explore & Focus Phase:

  • Select electives recommended by Specialty Career Advisor/s in the Specialty Guides
  • Read more on the Curriculum webpage
  • A helpful way to think about elective selection is to think about electives that will help you:
    • Gain exposure to various specialties for career and specialty exploration and decision-making
    • Develop skills in your intended specialty and prepare you for residency 
    • Develop your understanding of medicine that is related to your work
      • e.g. what skills will help you understand the perspective of consulting physicians you will collaborate with to support patients? 
    • Try something new! Take the interesting rotation you’ve heard great things about, live in a new WWAMI location, or try parts of medicine you may never have the option to rotate through again