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MD SELECT 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, if available, 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 in Tampa do NOT count towards the externship limit) or independent study courses. 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
      • All acting internships, and at least 20 weeks of total courses (including the AI) must be taken on the Lehigh Valley campus (the remainder can be in Tampa 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, and independent studies, 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 SELECT Class of 2015 has also been provided.


  • Dermatology

    REQUIRED:

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

    2. MEL 8321 Clinical Dermatology (4 weeks)

    3. Clinical Selectives (4 weeks): Recommended are BCC 8116 Skin and Bones ) or MEL 8339 Rheumatology ; may also substitute any other internal medicine elective (including Clinical Allergy and Immunology) with advisor approval

    4. MDE 8920 SELECT 4 (4 weeks total taken longitudinally)

    5. MDE 8950 SELECT Capstone (4 weeks)

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

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

  • Emergency Medicine

    REQUIRED:

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

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

    3. Clinical selectives (4 weeks) – choices include: internal medicine and its specialties; MEL 7805 Trauma Surgery AI; MEL 8704 Diagnostic Radiology, MEL 8678 Vascular Neurology (stroke service), MDE 8224 Consultative Cardiology, MDE xxxx Cardiology Acute Coronary Care Unit; Tampa only electives as availability allows – MEL 8303 Consultative Cardiology, MEL 8501 Medical Ophthalmology, MDE 8700 Anesthesiology, MEL 8580 Pediatric Emergency Medicine, BCC 8116 Skin and Bones

    4. MDE 8920 SELECT 4 (4 weeks total taken longitudinally)

    5. MDE 8950 SELECT Capstone (4 weeks)

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

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

  • Family Medicine

    REQUIRED:

    1. MEL 8251 Acting Internship in Family Medicine (Can be longitudinal, office based or hospital based) (4 weeks)

    2. BCC 8190 Critical Care Medicine (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. MDE 8920 SELECT 4 (4 weeks total taken longitudinally)

    6. MDE 8950 SELECT Capstone (4 weeks)

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

  • Internal Medicine

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

    REQUIRED:

    1. MEL 8334 Acting Internship (4 weeks)

    2. BCC 8190 Critical Care Medicine or MDE xxxx Cardiology Acute CCU (4 weeks)
    (MEL 7827 Advanced Surgical Intensive Care may substituted for Critical Care Medicine in the Anesthesia track ONLY)

    3. 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 8306 Gastroenterology Elective, MEL 8313 Clinical Nephrology, 8677, 8678 (Neurology), MEL 8121 Hospital Medicine and Patient Safety Elective, MDE 8224 Consultative Cardiology, MDE xxxx Cardiology Acute Coronary Care Unit ; MEL 8339 Rheumatology; MDE xxxx Infectious Disease, MDE 8280 Hematology and Oncology, BCC 8116 Skin and Bones; MDE 8700 Anesthesiology Elective; MEL 8704 Diagnostic Radiology; Tampa only electives as availability allows – MEL 8308, 8309, 8345, 8366 (Hematology/Oncology), MEL 8310, 8357, 8362, 8363, 8365 (Infectious Diseases), MEL 8340 Pulmonary Disease, BCC 8117 Interdisciplinary Oncology, MEL 8674 Elective in Headache/Pain Medicine, BCC 8116 Skin and Bones, MEL 8305 Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, MEL 8332 Elective in Rural Medicine, MEL 8450 Urgent Care Medicine in Cancer Patients, MEL 8351 Harvey Elective in Cardiology, MEL 7740 Radiation-Oncology

    4. MDE 8920 SELECT 4 (4 weeks total taken longitudinally)

    5. MDE 8950 SELECT Capstone (4 weeks)

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

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

  • Neurology

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

    REQUIRED:

    1. MEL 8334 Acting Internship in Internal Medicine or MEL 8555 AI in Pediatrics (for Pediatric Neurology students) (4 weeks)

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

    3. Clinical Selective (4 weeks) – choices include: MEL 8614 Consultative & Liaison Psychiatry, BCC 8190 Critical Care Medicine, MEL 8347 Emergency Medicine AI, MDE xxxx Cardiology Acute CCU; Tampa only electives as availability allows – MEL 7701 Neuroradiology, MEL 8359 Intro to Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

    4. MDE 8920 SELECT 4 (4 weeks total taken longitudinally)

    5. MDE 8950 SELECT Capstone (4 weeks)

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

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

  • Neurosurgery

    REQUIRED:

    1. BCC 8122 Neurosurgery Acting Internship (4 weeks)

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

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

    4. MDE 8920 SELECT 4 (4 weeks total taken longitudinally)

    5. MDE 8950 SELECT Capstone (4 weeks)

    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 8 or 10 weeks)

  • OB/GYN

    REQUIRED:

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

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

    3. MEL 8420 Ob/Gyn Subspecialty Elective (4 weeks)

    4. MDE 8920 SELECT 4 (4 weeks total taken longitudinally)

    5. MDE 8950 SELECT Capstone (4 weeks)

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

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

  • Ophthalmology

    REQUIRED:

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

    2. General Ophthalmology Selective (4 weeks) –choices include: MEL 8507 Retinal Elective; Tampa only electives as availability allows - MEL 8501 Medical Ophthalmology, MEL 8506 Cornea/External Disease, MEL 8509 Glaucoma

    3. Selective (2 or 4 weeks as offered ) – choices include an externship, MEL 8671, 8677, 8678 (Neurology selectives); MDE xxxx Infectious Disease; Tampa only electives as availability allows – MEL 7701 Neuroradiology, MEL 8310 Infectious Diseases and International Medicine, MEL 8308 Ambulatory Hematology Oncology, MEL 8309 Inpatient Hematology, MEL 8345 Inpatient Medical Oncology, BCC 8116 Skin and Bones

    4. MDE 8920 SELECT 4 (4 weeks total taken longitudinally)

    5. MDE 8950 SELECT Capstone (4 weeks)

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

    7. Additional electives as approved by advisor (At least 8 or 10 weeks)

  • Orthopaedics

    REQUIRED:

    1. MEL 8823 Orthopaedics Acting Internship (4 weeks)

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

    3. BCC 8116 Skin and Bones (4 weeks)

    4. MDE 8920 SELECT 4 (4 weeks total taken longitudinally)

    5. MDE 8950 SELECT Capstone (4 weeks)

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

    7. Additional electives as approved by advisor (At least 8 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) or BMS 8664 Flexible Elective in Pathology (Tampa as availability allows) (4 weeks)

    4. MDE 8920 SELECT 4 (4 weeks total taken longitudinally)

    5. MDE 8950 SELECT Capstone (4 weeks)

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

    7. Additional electives as approved by advisor (At least 4 weeks)

  • Pediatrics

    REQUIRED:

    1. MEL 8555 Acting Internship in Pediatrics (4 weeks)

    2. BCC 8190 Critical Care Medicine (4 weeks) – must do PICU option

    3. Clinical Selective in Pediatrics (4 weeks) – choices include: MEL7565, 8554, 8568, 8574, 8579; Tampa only electives as availability allows – MEL 7103, 7563, 7596, 8559, 8566, 8570, 8573, 8577, 8582, 8629, MDE 8470

    4. MDE 8920 SELECT 4 (4 weeks total taken longitudinally)

    5. MDE 8950 SELECT Capstone (4 weeks)

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

    7. Additional electives as approved by advisor (At least 8 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. MDE 8920 SELECT 4 (4 weeks total taken longitudinally)

    5. MDE 8950 SELECT Capstone (4 weeks)

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

    7. Additional electives as approved by advisor (At least 8 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. MDE 8920 SELECT 4 (4 weeks total taken longitudinally)

    4. MDE 8950 SELECT Capstone (4 weeks)5. Clinical Elective (At least 8 weeks): from the Approved Clinical Electives

    6. Additional electives as approved by advisor (At least 8 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, or MDE xxxx Cardiology Acute CCU (4 weeks)

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

    4. MDE 8920 SELECT 4 (4 weeks total taken longitudinally)

    5. MDE 8950 SELECT Capstone (4 weeks)

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

    7. Additional electives as approved by advisor (At least 4 weeks)