MD Elective Lotteries
During stage three and stage four of NYU School of Medicine’s MD curriculum, you complete 20 weeks of elective courses in designated elective blocks. Elective courses are two- and four-week educational experiences that provide opportunities to explore a range of medical specialties. At least eight weeks of your elective time is spent in an elective course outside of your intended area of specialization.
Scheduling Your Electives
To enroll in elective courses, you participate in a lottery twice a year using SOLARIS (Kerberos ID and password required for login).
Elective courses are assigned based on randomly generated student lottery numbers, roster rank, and available seats. Elective lotteries are conducted in multiple rounds until all available elective courses are closed. Learn more about the process in our elective lottery student guide (Kerberos ID and password required for login).
Elective Course Dates
During the elective lottery, you rank the available elective date blocks based on personal preference. After the lottery closes, you have up until 60 days before the elective start date to drop, add, or modify your elective assignments.