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Elective Sample Grids

Overall:

  1. If you have one or more areas of interest for an eventual specialty, try to complete the core rotation(s) in the early to middle part of phase 2, before the lottery for phase 3. In other words, try not to do a rotation in a field you are most interested in either first or last.
  2. If you are evenly split in interest between 2-3 specialties, look at the respective plans for phases 2 and 3 and combine them for decision making. Please work with your coach, a dean and/or a specialty advisor to do this.
    • Example 1: Equal interest in IM and pediatrics. Complete IM and pediatrics in the middle of phase 2—not first or last. Aim for the 6-week elective block before February. Aim to complete 2 weeks of an IM and 2 weeks of a pediatric subspecialty elective and to take two weeks off during this elective block time.
    • Example 2: Equal interest in urology and general surgery. Complete surgery neither first nor last. Do urology as part of surgery clerkship. Consider a sub-I in one of the two fields at the end of phase 2. Complete sub-I in the other field in the first block of phase 3.
  3. Please review your individual plans for the phase 2 and phase 3 lotteries with trusted advisors such as your coach, the appropriate specialty advisors, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs (ADSA), and/or the Associate Dean for Clinical Education (ADCE). The ADSA meets with each student individually prior to the phase 2 and phase 3 lotteries to work on elective planning to help with career decision-making.
  4. The sample blocks on these pages are estimates. The order need not be exactly like these, though the timing of certain experiences should be generally around where things are suggested (more or less within the same 4 to 6-month window.)
  5. Elective blocks can be used for research for which you earn credit. Think about this particularly for elective time that lands early in phase 2, so that research can be completed and published before residency applications are submitted.
  6. There are some non-clinical electives that all students should consider, including the EBM and EKG electives and reading electives. These fit particularly well during the residency interviewing season.

Sample Grids
Anesthesiology
Dermatology
Emergency Medicine
ENT
Family Medicine
General Surgery
Internal Medicine (Pediatrics)
Internal Medicine
Neurology
Neurosurgery
OB/GYN
Ophthalmology
Orthopedic Surgery
Pathology
Pediatrics
Plastic Surgery
PM&R
Psychiatry
Radiation Oncology
Radiology (Diagnostic)
Radiology (Interventional)
Urology
Vascular Surgery