Students are required to have 30 weeks of electives this coming academic year, and 24 weeks are required to be clinical. For the remaining 6 weeks, many of you will include research activities, either as part of your Masters’ program or just as research time.
Research time must be scheduled in a 3-week block. You may do one or two 3 week blocks in either semester. If you would like to do two 3-week blocks, the blocks can be continuous or discontinuous. They can both be in first semester or both in second semester or one in each semester. However, it must be a 3-week block – you may not schedule individual days or even individual weeks. You may also not schedule the 3 week block to include any mandatory week, such as College Foundations or Match week.
We realize that research time often involves writing, data analysis and other tasks that can be included during time when you are also doing other things, like travelling to interviews. So please feel free to schedule 3-week research blocks during times you will be going to interviews.
You will not have to fill out a form that describes the research in detail – however, you will have to identify the faculty mentor and that faculty mentor will be sent an evaluation request, so we are assuming that you are in close contact with your faculty mentor and that they know what you are doing. If you are doing two three week blocks with the same mentor, even if the two 3-week blocks are discontinuous, your mentor will be asked to complete one summative evaluation. If you do two 3 week blocks with two different faculty mentors, each mentor will be asked to fill out an evaluation.
If you would like to schedule research time as a 3 week block to do nothing else but research, that is fine, but please remember that it must be a 3-week block.
Please look at your calendars and sign up for the appropriate course number in MyCourses, e.g. Dermatology Research, Orthopedics Research, Pediatric Research, Public Health Research, etc. Please do this well in advance – retroactive requests will not be approved.
Elective Forms can be found in mycourses
For questions regarding research electives, please contact Ashley Siemer firstname.lastname@example.org or 310-206-2707