Medical Student Rotations

4th Year Medical Student Elective Rotation

3rd Year Medical Student Career Exploration Rotation


MS4 Elective Away Rotation

This rotation is designed to provide students with first-hand experience in Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery practice.


4th year standing


Clinical experience will be gained in the various faculty practices. Experiences and duties are similar to that of an intern. In this 2 or 4 week rotation, students will attend various conferences including pre and post-op conference where indications and outcomes of upcoming and prior cases are discussed. The student will be part of a residency team at the VAMC, Norton, Norton Children's or UofL Hospitals. Students will actively participate in clinic patient evaluation after a "shadowing period," and perform complete head and neck examinations with faculty and resident instruction. There will be opportunities to observe and assist in operative procedures such as tonsillectomies, endoscopic sinus surgery, otologic surgery, head and neck cancer surgery and facial trauma. A list of objectives will be distributed at the beginning of the course to guide the student in self-instruction, and regular discussions of the course objectives will be scheduled with the faculty.

Methods of Evaluation

Observation of performance, paper presentation of chosen topic to faculty and residents, and oral examination.

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MS3 Career Exploration Rotation

This rotation is designed to give UofL Medical Students an opportunity to explore the Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery specialty.

Background and Purpose

  • Choosing a specialty is one of the most difficult but important decisions a student will ever make.
  • Students have no elective time during their 3rd year to explore non-core fields of medicine.
  • A focused career exploration elective during the third year would afford students the opportunity to explore a career field that interests them.


Course Goals

  1. This course will create opportunities for students to gain insight into the problem content, patient population, practice setting and the daily practice experiences in a career field that interests them.
  2. The course will provide a career planning framework that students can use to determine whether a field would be a suitable career “fit” for their professional and personal goals.


Student Learning Objectives

By the end of the Career Exploration elective, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the key elements of the specialty they explored, including the nature of the specialty, problem content, patient population, daily practice experiences, training requirements, practice opportunities and unique challenges facing the specialty
  2. Utilize a career planning framework to determine whether the specialty would be a good career fit for them and explain why (or why not)
  3. Develop a plan to explore a field in greater depth and obtain a residency position in that specialty


Assessment Tool

Students will complete a brief (one page) written evaluation of their experience, addressing the following four questions:

  1. What did you learn from the experience about the nature of the specialty, training requirements and a typical week in the life of a practicing physician in this specialty?
  2. How are these factors consistent (or inconsistent) with what you are seeking in a career?
  3. Based on your experience, will you give further consideration to this field as a career choice?  Why or why not?
  4. What steps will you need to take to explore the field (or another field) further and maximize your chances of successfully matching in this field? 


Logistical Considerations

Grading will be pass/fail and based on acceptable attendance and successful completion of the one-page written reflective paper answering the 4 questions listed in the assessment tool section above. 


Registration Process 

Interested students should email the ULSOM Career Exploration contact, Hayley Eisenberg at least 4 weeks prior to the requested rotation time. Once she has received confirmation from our department, students are emailed with the necessary information. 

Hayley Eisenberg
Office of Medical Student Affairs
University of Louisville School of Medicine
500 South Preston Street
A Building, Suite 210-A
Louisville, KY 40292

Telephone: (502) 852-5815
Fax: (502) 852-5871