Elective experiences are a critical part of medical student personal and professional development. The ULSOM curriculum increases the availability of elective time and offerings as students advance in training to support their career development and specialty interest. Links to information sheets about electives available to students for each phase of training are found below.

Completion of two credit hours of elective time are required by the end of the second year in the program. Choices of experiences that have received formal elective course credit approval include global health electives, medical or community service projects, mindfulness and mind-body medicine courses, research electives, career exploration experiences, extended preceptorships, procedural skills electives, and externship clinical and research experiences.

In the third year of the program, students may complete up to six weeks of elective time. Student choices in this phase include clinical and non-clinical electives, research electives, and career exploration electives that focus on meeting the student’s interest in areas of medicine outside of those encountered in the core clerkships. Students completing electives in the third year have a decreased elective requirement in the fourth year.

In preparation for the 22 weeks of elective time available in their fourth year, students are required to meet with a career advisor or senior faculty member and create a fourth year schedule that  balances completing electives in their area of residency interest vs. electives that broaden their experience prior to residency. Students are encouraged to spend 10-12 weeks in their specialty area and 10-12 weeks in electives outside of that specialty area. The information sheet below outlines electives that are recommended by program directors in each specialty to assist students in picking helpful electives related to their area of interest. Students wishing to participate in the Visiting Student Learning Opportunities program (VSLO) are able to spend up to 16 weeks of elective time at a participating institution outside UofL. Students will also meet one on one with the Registrar prior to approval of their fourth year schedule to ensure requirements are being met.