MD Degree Elective Courses

Stage Three: Individualized Exploration MD Degree Elective Courses
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Stage Three: Individualized Exploration MD Degree Elective Courses

NYU School of Medicine’s electives for MD students are two- to four-week educational experiences to be completed during your clerkship year and beyond.

The MD curriculum requires a minimum of 20 weeks of elective courses. Of these, eight weeks are designated for clinical areas unrelated to your anticipated specialty, providing you with the invaluable opportunity to explore an array of medical disciplines. Courses are completed in designated blocks and graded pass or fail.

To register for elective courses, you participate in elective lotteries twice a year using the elective registration system (a Kerberos ID is required for login). Learn more about the process in our elective registration system user guides.

“Away” Electives and Visiting Students

Students interested in exploring an “away” elective at another U.S. medical school or teaching hospital can learn about opportunities directly from your institution of interest. The Association of American Medical Colleges Visiting Student Application Service®(VSAS®) also provides information about participating host institutions and openings. 

If you pursue an “away” elective at a medical school accredited by the U.S. Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA), you submit your application using VSAS®. For “away” electives at an institution not participating in VSAS®, you apply directly to that program.

NYU School of Medicine also hosts visiting students from other accredited medical schools interested in pursuing clinical electives. Learn more about academic and health requirements registering for an elective as a visiting student

Elective Catalog

Explore course descriptions and requirements for currently offered electives.

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Elective Lottery

Enroll in elective rotations and manage your schedule.

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