UASOM - Elective
This is the individualized
experience phase of the curriculum. The broad major objectives
which may be achieved by the elective program are:
- To allow students to
explore areas for career selection.
- To permit students to
broaden their clinical experiences beyond their career
- To afford students the
opportunity to obtain increased patient care
- To make available to
students experiences in areas not generally covered by the core
- To re-expose students
to the basic medical sciences.
- To offer the
opportunity of some research experience.
Students select their own
individual program with the approval of their senior year career
advisors. The Elective Program is intended to reflect the
student's own interest as much as possible. The general
guidelines, under which the program is administered, try to emphasize
the individual aspect of this phase.
- All elective courses
should pertain to the general field of medicine.
- Electives may be
spent in any of the approved electives contained in the
Catalog or in
other approved extramural electives.
- Salaries, stipends,
or other remunerations to students are not permitted as part of
any elective course taken for academic credit. It is
permissible for students to be reimbursed for necessary
expenses incurred in the course of taking certain electives or
of the location and circumstances require that a second
residence be maintained for the elective. There should be
no net financial gain to the student as the result of taking
the elective course.
credit will be given for research done while a student is on a
leave of absence from the School of Medicine. Students on
a leave of absence are on an "inactive" status and are not
eligible to participate in any program for medical school
- The holding of an
advanced degree or graduate credit shall not entitle a student
to waive any elective requirement of the curriculum unless
approval of such a waiver has been requested and granted by the
Dean of the School of Medicine.
- Electives may not be
utilized to remove previous unacceptable performance incurred
in preclinical years or core clerkships.
- Electives may be
taken at the University of Alabama School of Medicine or in
other specified locations. These other locations or
institutions in which electives are approved must meet the
- They are recognized
schools of medicine acceptable to the Associate Dean for
- They are
community hospitals with recognized formal affiliations with
one or more acceptable schools of medicine.
- They are other
medical institutions with ongoing medical student teaching
programs of recognized educational quality.
institutions that do not meet the above qualifications,
individual preceptors who are not members of the faculty of
the University of Alabama School of Medicine and preceptors
of private practice electives will be acceptable only after
written approval of the Associate Dean for Students.
- Each extramural
elective course must be specfically approved by the
Associate Dean for Students.
- Approval of any
extramural patient care elective is contingent upon the finding
that the institution or preceptor:
- Agrees to accept the
student for a specific elective program.
- Will provide close
academic supervision of the student.
- Will furnish an
evaluation report after the student completes the
- Is willing to assume
an obligation to treat the student as an agent of the
institution or preceptor with regard to all aspects of the
student's dealing with patients.
- Will not
discriminate because of race, sex, or nationality.
- A student taking a
patient care elective is instructed to assume the position as
an agent of the responsible supervisor.
- Once an elective course
has been scheduled, the student is obligated to fulfill his
commitment. A change in schedule or cancellation requires
four (4) weeks prior notice to the Scheduling Coordinator.
Failure to comply with this requirement will ordinarily result in
the automatic entry of a grade of failure (F) for the subject
- Any other course of
study approved by the Dean may be undertaken to fulfill
requirements for electives.
- Special programs other
than those already established will be permitted only upon
approval of a written petition from the faculty sponsor or advisor
of the student to the Associate Dean for Students. The
petition should clearly outline the course of student and should
provide justifcation for the proposed exceptions.
- Attendance on electives
is mandatory. On a four (4) week elective, the student
cannot be absent over two (2) days and still get 4 weeks
credit. If the student misses over 2 days, only partial
credit, determined by the Associate Dean for Students, will be
Electives may be utilized,
in whole or in part, for basic science or clinical research.
Students an utilize the Associate Dean for Students, or other members
of the faculty to obtain advice regarding potential research options
or in locating a faculty sponsor who will assist him or her in
planning a research experience. This sponsor must be a member
of the faculty of the University of Alabama School of Medicine.
This sponsor assumes the responsibility of meeting requirements with
regard to human use or the use of experimental animals in the
The sponsor of a research
elective is expected to prepare a written report of the student's
performance to be submitted at the comletion of the elective.
Elective courses may be applied toward requirements for MD and PhD
degrees if the student is registered in the Graduate School and if
the course has been approved by the Dean of the Graduate School for