Curriculum: Electives/Selectives

Electives and selectives are non-call rotations that give the resident the opportunity to broaden and tailor their educational experience. Selectives are required, non-call rotations that have been designed by the faculty to meet specific academic needs or provide educational content that we feel should be experienced by all internal medicine trainees. Electives, on the other hand, are chosen by housestaff to enhance a particular interest, pursue an academic pathway, or investigate a subspecialty interest more deeply. Electives are also non-call blocks. Over the course of three years, residents have nine blocks of electives and five blocks of selectives. Electives can be chosen from any subspecialty within the Department of Medicine or other departments at any of our teaching hospitals and affiliated sites. When on electives/selectives, residents participate in ambulatory clinics, inpatient rounds, and conferences as appropriate to the rotation. During elective and selective rotations, residents still attend their weekly continuity clinic.


See the Electives page for more information.


The program has developed required selectives that broaden the depth of internal medicine and non-internal medicine experience. See the Selectives page for more information.

Other Electives

A wide variety of electives in other Internal Medicine disciplines and a spectrum of non-Internal Medicine electives are available to housestaff. Residents electing a rotation in Allergy learn to evaluate a wide variety of clinical problems including asthma, allergic and non-allergic rhinitis, drug and food allergy, anaphylaxis, urticaria, atopic dermatitis and a number of less common immune-mediated illnesses. An elective in Occupational and Environmental Medicine provides an opportunity for housestaff to engage in the prevention, diagnosis, management and investigation of diseases stemming from the workplace and other patient environments. Elective rotations are also available in Adolescent Medicine, Psychiatry, Radiology, Women's Health, Gynecology, Hospitalist Medicine, and Sports Medicine. Residents may elect to do basic or clinical research. One "away elective" may also be arranged that will provide housestaff with a unique experience that is individually designed to enable them to achieve their career goals. Residents with special interests in Public Health and Preventive Medicine may receive partial scholarship support to receive concurrent training in our Masters of Public Health Program.