First- and Second-Year Electives

The list below documents electives that change from quarter to quarter. This is a partial listing; additional electives may be advertised on separate announcements or offered by other schools.

Supervised Study and Laboratory Project Course Offerings: Please see the Registrar's Course Catalog.

Sign up for Electives via your online study list on Registrar's SAA Portal 

MD Competencies referenced in elective listings: 

  • Patient Care (PC)
  • Medical Knowledge (MK)
  • Practice-Based Learning & Improvement (PBLI)
  • Interpersonal & Communication Skills (ICS)
  • Professionalism (Prof)
  • Systems-Based Practice (SBP)

Pathways to Inquiry referenced in elective listings:  

  • Clinical & Translational Research (CTR): Clinical and translational research that improves health and relieves suffering. Broad range of research areas linking laboratory discoveries to medical advances that improve health for individuals and populations.
  • Global Health (GH): Decreasing the health inequities and disparities in populations throughout the world.
  • Health and Society (H&S): Advance health by engaging society, such as health disparities, policy, social and behavioral science, leadership and advocacy, community engagement.
  • Health Professions Education (HPE): Develop innovators, scholars, and leaders in the field of health professions education.
  • Molecular Medicine (MMP): Clinical practice combined with disease-oriented laboratory research in areas such as immunology, microbiology, pharmacology, neuroscience, human genetics.

Inter-Professional Level of Learning2 referenced in elective listings: Adapted by Dr. Susan Hyde from Reeves S, Lewin S, Espin S, Zwarenstein M (2010) Interprofessional Teamwork for Health and Social Care. Blackwell-Wiley, London.

  • Interprofessional Education (I): Members (or students) of two or more health and/or social care professions engage in learning with, from and about each other to improve collaboration and the delivery of care.
  • Multiprofessional Education (M): Members (or students) of two or more professions learn alongside one another; in other words, parallel rather than interactive learning.
  • Uniprofessional Education (U): Education that is undertaken by individuals within the same profession.

Winter 2019 (Spring elective information will be available in March)

Course number: Dermatology 170.01
Course title: Principles of Dermatology

Faculty: Kanade Shinkai
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Mondays, 12-1pm, Room S-172
Starting date: January 7th (through March 25th)
Student Coordinators: Kevin Chu, Danielle Montejano
MD Competencies: PC, MK, SBP
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: U

Course number: Family and Community Medicine 160.04
Course title: Transgender Health

Faculty: Madeline Deutsch
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Wednesdays, 12-1pm, Room TBD
Starting date: January 9th
Student Coordinators: Julie Nguyen, Lina Khoeur, Sina Nazeri, Kara Sigler
MD Competencies: PC, MK, SBP, Prof, PBLI
Pathway to Inquiry: H&S
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: M

Course number: Family and Community Medicine 170.01B - Max 25 SOM students only
Course title: Intro to Procedures in Primary Care

Faculty: Sarah GaleWyrick, Margo Vener
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Mondays: 1/28 & 3/8, 12-1pm in Room S-157; 1/30, 2/13, 2/27, 6-7:30pm in Room CL-220/223
Student Coordinators: Lina Khoeur, Connell Studenmund, Lane Epps
MD Competencies: PC, ICS, PBLI, SBP
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: M

Course number: Family and Community Medicine 170.01C
Course title: Massage & Meditation - Max 12 SOM students only

Faculty: Wolf Mehling
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Mondays, 6-8pm; Mt. Zion Campus, 1545 Divisadero St., top floor
Starting date: January 7th (9 sessions)
Student Coordinators: Devi Beck-Pancer, Kevin Chu, Rani Mukherjee
MD Competencies: PC, ICS, PBLI, SBP
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: M

Course number: Family and Community Medicine 170.01E
Course title: Asian American & Pacific Islander Communities: Issues, Advocacy & Action

Faculty: Margo Vener
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Mondays, 12-1pm, Room S-174
Starting date: January 7th
Student Coordinators: Michelle Tong, Fiona Ng, Katherine Chan
MD Competencies: PC, ICS, PBLI, SBP
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: M

Course number: Family and Community Medicine 172B - Open to SOM, SON, SOD students
Course title: Legal Medicine

Faculty: Dan Tennenhouse
# of units: 2.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Tuesdays, 5-7pm, Room S-163
Starting date: January 8th
Contact: email Dan Tennenhouse or 415-388-5410
MD Competencies: PBLI, SBP, ICS, Prof
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: M

Course number: Family and Community Medicine 171.01 - Medical Students Only
Course title: The Healers Art

Faculty: Steven Bromer
# of units: 1.5
Day, time, and location of the elective: Five Monday evenings, 6-9pm, Time varies, Room N-217
Starting date: February 11th
Contact: email Steve Bromer or 707-869-2849
MD Competencies: PBLI, SBP, ICS
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: M

Course number: Medicine 170.01B
Course title: Refugee Health

Faculty: Fatima Karaki
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Online, starts 1/22
MD Competencies: MK, SBP, ICS
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: M

Course number: Medicine 170.01F
Course title: The Gift of the Golden Years: An InterDisciplinary approach to improving the care of aging adults

Faculty: Louise Aronson
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Mondays, 12-1pm, Room S-214, Starts on 1/14
Student Coordinators: Joshua Norman, Sara Dsouza, Karina Tanguilig, Jina Lee
MD Competencies: MK, SBP, ICS
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: M

Course number: Medicine 170.10
Course title: MSTP Journal Club

Faculty: Mark Anderson
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Mondays, 12-1pm, Room S-170
Student Coordinators: Albert Xu
MD Competencies: MK, SBP, ICS
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: M

Course Number: ObGyn & Reproductive Sciences 170.03
Course Title: Family Planning & Reproductive Choice
Faculty: Andrea Jackson & Monica McLemore
Student Coordinators: May Nguyen, Micah Katz, Christina Schmidt, Rebecca Newmark
# of Units: 1.0
Day, time, location: Wednesdays, 12-1pm, Room N-217 (1/9-3/13)
MD Competencies: MK, SBP, ICS, PC
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: M


Course Number: ObGyn & Reproductive Sciences 170.13
Course Title: High Value Care
Faculty: George Sawaya
Student Coordinators: Karly Hampshire, Tanner Olson, Kevin Hildebrandt
# of Units: 1.0
Day, time, location: Tuesdays, 12-1pm, HSW-302 (1/8-3/19)
MD Competencies: MK, SBP, PC
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: M

 

Course number: Orthopaedic Surgery 160.05
Course title: The Money Doctor, Part II

Faculty: Derek Ward
Note: No units for this course. It is a continuation of the Fall course.
Starts on January 14th
Student Coordinators: Mara Olson
MD Competencies: MK, SBP
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: U

Course Number: Pediatrics
Course title:

Faculty:
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective:
Starting date:
Student Coordinators:
MD Competencies:: PC, MK
Pathway to Inquiry: HPE
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: U

Course Number: Radiology 170.08
Course title: Intro to Interventional Radiology

Faculty: Vishal Kumar
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Mondays, 12-1pm, Room S-180
*Dates are 1/7-3/18; *There will be two Tuesday sessions held on 1/22 & 2/19 to accommodate for the Monday holidays
Student Coordinators: Le Wen Chiu, Andres Calvillo, Annie Hu
MD Competencies:: PC, MK, SBP
Pathway to Inquiry: HPE
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: U

Course Number: Surgery 160.02
Course title: Beginner Surgical Skills for Medical Students

Faculty: Matthew Lin
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Mt. Zion Surgical Center & S Classrooms: TBD
Student name(s) and contact information: Miguel Nunez & Joseph Kidane
Competency domains: MK, PC, PBLI
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: U

Course Number: Surgery 160.07
Course title: Surgery Donor Runs

Faculty: Garrett Roll
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: As arranged
Student name(s) and contact information: James Lim, Katrin Jaradeh, Luis Carrete, Avery Thompson
Competency domains: MK, PC, PBLI