Various Dept Based Elective Course Description

Course Name: Student Designed Elective
Course Number: Different for each student
Elective Type: A, B1, B2, or C
Coordinator(s): UMass Faculty Member (Sponsor)
and if External Site (External Direct Site Supervisor)
Department: Individual UMass Department Based Sponsored
Sites Available: University Campus (sponsor must be a UMass faculty member) or External (with both UMass sponsor and external faculty sponsor)
Months Offered: E1-M10
Prerequisites: * Written Elective Description must be approved by Sponsoring Faculty Member
* Offered to UMass Students Only
Enrollment Process: Approval from coordinator required; email approval to electives@umassmed.edu to schedule
Elective Description:  In collaboration with a UMass faculty member, students may design an individual elective tailored to a specific interest. The elective must be sponsored by a UMass faculty member (whether the elective is completed internally or externally from UMass, the sponsor must be a UMass faculty member). This individually designed elective can be a type A, B, or C. Use the Student Handbook to understand the different elective types.

The student and faculty member need to write a description of the elective, including:

  • course description
  • goals
  • methods of teaching
  • number of patients to be seen
  • supervision level
  • Type of elective
  • length of the elective
  • grading basis (O/ AEP / EP / BEP / NCR or CR / NCR)

The student must complete the Individually Designed Electives/Research Form.

Students must forward email approval from Sponsor to electives@umassmed.edu.

The grading form will be completed by the approving sponsor if the elective is internal or by the direct supervisor and co-signed by the sponsor if the elective is external. 

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