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MD Core Class of 2015 Graduation Requirements

The elective year allows the student significant flexibility in selecting courses that is of importance to him/her. However, the following basic requirements must be met when designing the elective year:

  1. Students will select, with the aid of their faculty advisor, a sequence of eleven (11) 4-week periods as outlined below (a total of nine [9] required academic elective periods). Two 2-week electives may be substituted for one 4-week elective where allowed by the curriculum. Year-long courses (e.g. MDE 8090 Doctoring IV, MDE 8030 BRIDGE Clinic Elective, or MEL 8132 Outdoor Medicine Elective) will count as one 4-week rotation (An additional interview period (MEL INT) may be substituted in one 4-week period if a year-long course is scheduled unless make-up or remediation periods are required):

    1. Required courses that are part of their educational track (View the fourth year tracks.)
    2. Regulations:

      • A minimum of 20 weeks of Approved Clinical Electives as noted including track requirements
      • No more than 12 weeks of a combination of externship (courses at Lehigh Valley do NOT count towards the externship limit), scholarly concentration or independent study. An exception to this policy can occur if students replace an Interview month with one of the above for an additional 4 weeks
      • No more than 24 weeks in any one department including track requirements
      • At least 20 weeks of courses must be taken on the Tampa campus (the remainder can be at Lehigh Valley or combined with externships as above)
      • 1 Interview Period (MEL INT) - optional
      • 1 USMLE preparation period (MEL INT), additional interview period, or remediation period. – optional. See below for remediation/make-up policy.
      • With the exception of acting internships, externships, independent studies, and scholarly concentration electives, no course can be taken more than one time without special approval from the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education. Acting internships in the same specialty may be taken up to two times without prior approval.
    3. Any exceptions to track and graduation requirements caused by extenuating circumstances or resulting from a mid-year change in track must be pre-approved by the Associate Dean for Medical Education.

Required Remediation/Make-Up

For various reasons students may be required to remediate or makeup course work during the senior elective year. These requirements will be met as specified by each department under the following guidelines:

  • All third year requirements must be completed prior to the start of fourth year course work. Any exceptions must be approved by the Associate Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education. With the approval of Dr. Stevenson, students may enroll in a fourth year course if their only deficiency is the retake of a third year clerkship examination. If approved, that student may be enrolled in a fourth year course while preparing for the examination at the conclusion of that rotation period.
  • No more than 16 weeks of the elective year may be used for remediation without affecting the date of graduation. This time can only replace study or interview time and will not be counted as one of the nine (36 weeks) required elective periods. Any more time may result in delayed graduation. Fourth year courses may not be taken until after remedial/make-up requirements have been completed and all third year requirements have been met.

Fourth Year Tracks

View each of the fourth year tracks by clicking and expanding its name below. A printable, PDF version of the fourth year tracks for the MD Core Class of 2015 has also been provided.


  • Dermatology

    REQUIRED:

    1. MEL 8334 Acting Internship in Internal Medicine (4 weeks)

    2. BCC 8116 Skin and Bones (4 weeks)

    3. MEL 8321 Clinical Dermatology (4 weeks)

    4. Basic Science Selective (2 weeks): MDT 8200A Infectious Disease, MDT 8200D Molecular Biology and Personalized Cancer Care, or (4 weeks) BMS 8661 Research in Pathology

    5. Clinical Elective (At least 8 weeks): from the Approved Clinical Electives

    6. Additional electives as approved by advisor (At least 14 weeks)

  • Emergency Medicine

    REQUIRED:

    1. MDT 8710 Introduction to Emergency Medicine (2 weeks)

    2. MEL 8347 AI in Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)

    3. BCC 8190 Critical Care Medicine (Tampa) or MDE xxxx Cardio Acute CCU (LVHN) (4 weeks)

    4. Clinical selectives (4 weeks) – choices include: MEL 8303 Consultative Cardiology, MEL 8501 Medical Ophthalmology, MEL 7760 Anesthesiology, BCC 8116 Skin and Bones, MEL 8678 Vascular Neurology (stroke service), MEL 8704 Diagnostic Radiology

    5. Basic Science Selective (2-4 weeks): Any course listed as a Basic Science Selective in the Electives Manual (MDE 8554 The Pathobiology of Ocular Disorders, MDT 7800 Neuroimmunology Component in Neurological Disorders, MDE 8521 Applied Head and Neck Anatomy, MDE 8522 Applied Anatomy of the Musculoskeletal System , BMS 8187 Advanced Human Anatomy, MDT 8200A Infectious Disease, MDT 8200B The Genetics of Channelopathies and Cardiomyopathies, MDT 8200C Advanced Concepts in Gastroenterology, MDT 8200D Molecular Biology and Personalized Cancer Care, MDE 8200E Advanced Respiratory Pathophysiology, MDE 8381 Pharmacogenomics and Psychosocial Aspects of Patient Care, MDE 8811 Integration of Brain Networks, Dimensions of Behavior and Modern Therapeutics, MEL 8351 Harvey Elective in Cardiology, MDT 8600 Advanced Surgical Anatomy and Pathophysiology, MDE 8771 Radiological Anatomy)

    6. Clinical Elective (At least 6 weeks): from the Approved Clinical Electives

    7. Additional electives as approved by advisor (At least 14 weeks)

  • Family Medicine

    REQUIRED:

    1. MEL 8251 Acting Internship in Family Medicine at Morton Plant Mease or Bayfront (4 weeks)

    2. BCC 8190 Critical Care Medicine (Tampa) or MDE xxxx Cardio Acute CCU (LVHN) (4 weeks)

    3. BCC 8116 Skin and Bones (4 weeks)

    4. Clinical Selective (4 weeks): student may choose any clinical elective, as approved by advisor

    5. Basic Science Selective (2-4 weeks): Any course listed as a Basic Science Selective in the Electives Manual (MDE 8554 The Pathobiology of Ocular Disorders, MDT 7800 Neuroimmunology Component in Neurological Disorders, MDE 8521 Applied Head and Neck Anatomy, MDE 8522 Applied Anatomy of the Musculoskeletal System , BMS 8187 Advanced Human Anatomy, MDT 8200A Infectious Disease, MDT 8200B The Genetics of Channelopathies and Cardiomyopathies, MDT 8200C Advanced Concepts in Gastroenterology, MDT 8200D Molecular Biology and Personalized Cancer Care, MDE 8200E Advanced Respiratory Pathophysiology, MDE 8381 Pharmacogenomics and Psychosocial Aspects of Patient Care, MDE 8811 Integration of Brain Networks, Dimensions of Behavior and Modern Therapeutics, MEL 8351 Harvey Elective in Cardiology, MDT 8600 Advanced Surgical Anatomy and Pathophysiology, MDE 8771 Radiological Anatomy)

    6. Clinical Elective (At least 4 weeks): from the Approved Clinical Electives

    7. Additional electives as approved by advisor (At least 14 weeks)

  • Internal Medicine

    This track is for students selecting Internal Medicine, Anesthesia, or Radiation Oncology

    REQUIRED:

    1. MDT 8710 Introduction to Emergency Medicine (2 weeks)

    2. MEL 8334 Acting Internship or MEL 9940 Honors AI in Internal Medicine (4 weeks)

    3. BCC 8190 Critical Care Medicine (Tampa) or MDE xxxx Cardio Acute CCU (LVHN) (4 weeks)

    4. Clinical Selectives (4 weeks) - may take two 2-week electives or one 4-week elective from the below list of options as available:

    MEL 8315 Clinical Allergy/Immunology, MEL 8303 Consultative Cardiology, MEL 8306 Gastroenterology Elective, MEL 8308, 8309, 8345, 8366 (Hematology/Oncology), MEL 8310, 8357, 8362, 8363, 8365 (Infectious Diseases), MEL 8313 Clinical Nephrology, MEL 8340 Pulmonary Disease, MEL 8339 Rheumatology Clinical Elective, BCC 8117 Interdisciplinary Oncology, MEL 8674, 8677, 8678 (Neurology), BCC 8116 Skin & Bones, MEL 8704 Diagnostic Radiology, MEL 8121 Hospital Medicine and Patient Safety Elective, MEL 8305Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, MEL 8332 Elective in Rural Medicine, MEL 8450 Urgent Care Medicine in Cancer Patients, MEL 8351 Harvey Elective in Cardiology, MEL 7760 Anesthesiology Elective (for students selecting anesthesia), MEL 7740 Radiation Oncology (for students selecting radiation oncology)

    5. Basic Science Selective (2-4 weeks): MDT 8200A Infectious Disease , MDT 8200B Genetics of Channelopathies and Cardiomyopathies MDT 8200C Advanced Concepts in Gastroenterology, or MEL 8351 Harvey Elective in Cardiology

    6. Clinical Elective (At least 6 weeks): from the Approved Clinical Electives

    7. Additional electives as approved by advisor (At least 14 weeks)

  • Neurology

    This track is for students selecting Neurology or Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

    REQUIRED:

    1. MDT 8710 Introduction to Emergency Medicine (2 weeks)

    2. MEL 8334 Acting Internship in Internal Medicine or MEL 9940 Honors AI Medicine (4 weeks) – Medicine (for Neurology or PM&R students), MEL 8334 AI in Medicine or MEL 7551 or MEL 8555 AI in Pediatrics (for Pediatric Neurology students)

    3. MEL 8671 Senior Elective in Inpatient General Neurology (4 weeks)

    4. Clinical Selective (4 weeks) – choices include: MEL 8614 Consultative & Liaison Psychiatry, MEL 7701 Neuroradiology, MEL 8359 Intro to Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, BCC 8190 Critical Care Medicine

    5. Basic Science Selective (2 weeks): MDT 8800 Neuroimmunology Component in Neurological Disorders or MDE 8521 Applied Head and Neck Anatomy

    6. Clinical Elective (At least 6 weeks): from the Approved Clinical Electives

    7. Additional electives as approved by advisor (At least 14 weeks)

  • Neurosurgery

    REQUIRED:

    1. BCC 8122 Neurosurgery Acting Internship (4 weeks)

    2. BCC 8190 Critical Care Medicine or MDE xxxx Cardio Acute CCU (LVHN) (4 weeks)

    3. Neurology Selective (4 weeks) MEL 8671, MEL 8677, or MEL 8678

    4. MEL 7701 Neuroradiology (2 or 4 weeks)

    5. Basic Science Selective (2 weeks): MDE 8521 Applied Head and Neck Anatomy or BMS 8187 Advanced Human Anatomy

    6. Clinical Elective (At least 4 or 6 weeks depending on requirement 4): from the Approved Clinical Electives

    7. Additional electives as approved by advisor (At least 14 weeks)

  • OB/GYN

    REQUIRED:

    1. MEL 8421 Ob/Gyn Acting Internship (4 weeks)

    2. BCC 8190 Critical Care Medicine or MDE xxxx Cardio Acute CCU (LVHN) (4 weeks)

    3. MEL 8420 Ob/Gyn Subspecialty Elective (with an additional research project) (4 weeks)

    4. Basic Science Selective (2-4 weeks): MDT 8600 Advanced Surgical Anatomy and Pathophysiology, BMS 8187 Advanced Human Anatomy, MDT 8200A Infectious Disease, or MDT 8200D Molecular Biology and Personalized Cancer Care

    5. Clinical Elective (At least 8 weeks): from the Approved Clinical Electives

    6. Additional electives as approved by advisor (At least 14 weeks)

  • Ophthalmology

    REQUIRED:

    1. MEL 8334 Acting Internship or MEL 9940 Honors AI in Internal Medicine (4 weeks)

    2. General Ophthalmology Selective (4 weeks) –choices include: MEL 8501 Medical Ophthalmology, MEL 8506 Cornea/External Disease, MEL 8507 Retinal Elective, MEL 8509 Glaucoma

    3. Selective (2 or 4 weeks as offered ) – choices include an externship, MEL 8671, 8677, 8678 (Neurology selectives), MEL 7701 Neuroradiology, MEL 8310 Infectious Diseases and International Medicine, MEL 8308 Ambulatory Hematology-Oncology, MEL 8309 Inpatient Hematology, MEL 8345 Inpatient Medical Oncology, MEL 8339 Rheumatology Clinical Elective, BCC 8116 Skin & Bones

    4. Basic Science Selective (2 weeks): MDE 8554 The Pathobiology of Ocular Disorders

    5. Clinical Elective (At least 8 or 10 weeks depending on requirement 3): from the Approved Clinical Electives

    6. Additional electives as approved by advisor (At least 14 weeks)

  • Orthopaedics

    REQUIRED:

    1. MEL 8823 Orthopaedics Acting Internship (4 weeks)

    2. BCC 8190 Critical Care Medicine or MDE xxxx Cardio Acute CCU (LVHN) (4 weeks)

    3. BCC 8116 Skin & Bones (4 weeks)

    4. Basic Science Selective (2 weeks) MDE 8521 Applied Head and Neck Anatomy or MDE 8522 Applied Anatomy of the Musculoskeletal System

    5. Clinical Elective (At least 8 weeks): from the Approved Clinical Electives

    6. Additional electives as approved by advisor (At least 14 weeks)

  • Pathology

    REQUIRED:

    1. MEL 8334 Acting Internship in Internal Medicine (4 weeks)

    2. BMS 8661 Research in Pathology (4 weeks)

    3. BMS 7663 Pathologic Anatomy (4 weeks)

    4. BMS 8664 Flexible Elective in Pathology (4 weeks)

    5. Clinical Elective (At least 8 weeks): from the Approved Clinical Electives

    6. Additional electives as approved by advisor (At least 12 weeks)

  • Pediatrics

    REQUIRED:

    1. MEL 7551 Acting Internship in Pediatrics at TGH or MEL 8555 Acting Internship in Pediatrics at ACH (4 weeks)

    2. BCC 8190 Critical Care Medicine (4 weeks)

    3. Clinical Selective in Pediatrics (4 weeks) - choices include: MEL 7103, 7563, 7565, 7596, 8554, 8559, 8566, 8568, 8570, 8571, 8573, 8574, 8577, 8579, 8582, 8629, MDE 8470.

    4. Basic Science Selective (2 weeks): MDT 8800 Neuroimmunology Component in Neurological Disorders, MDE 8521 Applied Head and Neck Anatomy, MDE 8522 Applied Anatomy of the Musculoskeletal System, MDT 8200A Infectious Disease, MDT 8200B The Genetics of Channelopathies and Cardiomyopathies, MDT 8200C Advanced Concepts in Gastroenterology, or MDE 8381 Pharmacogenomics and Psychosocial Aspects of Patient Care

    5. Clinical Elective (At least 8 weeks): from the Approved Clinical Electives

    6. Additional electives as approved by advisor (At least 14 weeks)

  • Psychiatry

    REQUIRED:

    1. MEL 8334 Acting Internship in Internal Medicine (4 weeks)

    2. MEL 8611 Acting Internship in In-patient Psychiatry (4 weeks) (no call)

    3. MEL 8614 Acting Internship in Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry (4 weeks) (no call)

    4. Clinical Selective (4 weeks) – choices include: MEL 8677 Outpatient Neurology, MEL 8305 Clinical Endocrinology, MEL 7701 Neuroradiology, MEL 8673 Senior Elective in Epilepsy. This can be a single 4-week elective or two 2-week electives.

    5. Basic Science Selectives (2 weeks): MDE 8381 Pharmacogenomics and Psychosocial Aspects of Patient Care or MDE 8811 Integration of Brain Networks, Dimensions of Behavior, and Modern Therapeutics

    6. Clinical Elective (At least 4 weeks): from the Approved Clinical Electives

    7. Additional electives as approved by advisor (At least 14 weeks)

  • Radiology

    REQUIRED:

    1. Two 4-week rotations, selected from the following: MEL 8334 Acting Internship in Internal Medicine, MEL 8811 Acting Internship in General Surgery or MEL 7828 Vascular Surgery Acting Internship (for those interested in Interventional Radiology), BCC 8190 Critical Care Medicine, MDE xxxx Cardio Acute CCU (LVHN) (8 weeks)

    2. MEL 8704 Diagnostic Radiology elective (4 weeks)

    3. Basic Science Selective (2 weeks): MDE 8771 Radiological Anatomy, BMS 8187 Advanced Human Anatomy

    4. Clinical Elective (At least 8 weeks): from the Approved Clinical Electives

    5. Additional electives as approved by advisor (At least 14 weeks)

  • Surgery

    This track is for students selecting general surgery, otolaryngology, plastic surgery, urology, and may be selected by students entering anesthesia. Students seeking to specialize should do an AI in their desired specialty, but are also strongly encouraged to take a General Surgery AI.

    REQUIRED:

    1.AI Selective (4 weeks) - choices include: MEL 8811 General Surgery Acting Internship, MEL 7805 Trauma Surgery Acting Internship, MEL 7803 Plastic Surgery Acting Internship, MEL 7822 Urology Acting Internship, MEL 7828 Vascular Surgery Acting Internship, MEL 7816 Otolaryngology Acting Internship

    2. BCC 8190 Critical Care Medicine, MEL 7827 Advanced Surgical Intensive Care (Tampa) or MDE xxxx Cardio Acute CCU (LVHN) (4 weeks)

    3. MEL 7815 Advanced Surgical Skills: Surgical Intern Preparedness (4 weeks)

    4. Basic Science Selective (4 weeks): MDT 8600 Advanced Surgical Anatomy and Pathophysiology

    5. Clinical Elective (At least 12 weeks): from the Approved Clinical Electives

    6. Additional electives as approved by advisor (At least 8 weeks)