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)
  • Interprofessional Collaboration (IPC) - indicated using the IP codes below

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.

Fall 2021 (Winter 2022 elective information will be available in December)

Course number: Anesthesia 170.03
Course title: Exploring Critical Care Medicine

Faculty:  Kevin Thornton
Units: 1.0
Day, time and location of the elective: Mondays, 12:10 - 1PM via Zoom. Dates: 08/16, 08/23, 09/13, 09/27, 10/04, 10/11, 10/25, & 11/01.
Student Coordinator: Audrey Mvemba, Ayush Kumar, Madeline Matthys, Colin Roach
MD Competencies: PC, Prof, SBP, PBLI, MK
Inter-Professional Level: M

Course number: Emergency Medicine 170.13
Course title: Point of Care Ultrasound Elective (POCUS)

Faculty:  Sally Graglia
Units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Tuesdays, 6-8pm via Zoom; 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 11/2, 11/9
Student Coordinator: Michelle Bui
MD Competencies: PC, Prof, SBP, PBLI, MK
Inter-Professional Level: U

Course number: Emergency Medicine 170.14
Course title: Scrubs Addressing the Firearm Epidemic (SAFE)

Faculty:  Jahan Fahimi
Units: 1.0
Day, time and location of the elective: Wednesdays, 12:10-1pm, via Zoom
Student Coordinator: Drake Johnson, Chris Hinojosa
MD Competencies: PC, Prof, SBP, PBLI, MK
Inter-Professional Level: U

Course number: Epidemiology 180.08
Course title: Violence Prevention & Trauma-Informed Care

Faculty:  Leigh Kimberg & Denise Caramagno
Units: 1.0
Day, time and location of the elective: Wednesdays, 12:10-1pm via Zoom; Dates: Sept 29; Oct 6, 13, 20, 27; Nov 3, 10, 17; Dec 1, 8.
Student Coordinator: Jess Valdez
MD Competencies: PC, ICS, SBP, PBLI, MK
Inter-Professional Level: M

Course number: Family Community Medicine (FCM) 170.01A
Course Title: Mabuhay Health Center (MHC) and Filipinx Health (Listed as Special Issues in Health Care)

Faculty: Jennifer Cocohoba (Listed as Margo Vener)
Units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Thursdays, 12:10-1pm, via Zoom; 10/14-11/18
Student coordinator: Kristienne Edrosolan
MD Competency: PC, MK, ICS, PBLI, ICS, Prof, IPC
Interprofessional Level: I

Course number: Family Community Medicine (FCM) 170.01C
Course Title: Medical Chinese Elective - Cantonese (Listed as Special Issues in Health Care)

Faculty: Margo Vener
Units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Mondays, 12:10-1pm, via Zoom
All 10 dates for the elective: 10/4, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13
Student coordinator: Llyke Ching
MD Competency: MK, ICS, SBP
Interprofessional Level: M

Course number: Family Community Medicine (FCM) 170.01E
Course Title: Medical Chinese Elective - Mandarin (Listed as Special Issues in Health Care)

Faculty: Margo Vener
Units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Mondays, 12:10-1pm, via Zoom
All 10 dates for the elective: 10/4, 10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15, 11/22, 11/29, 12/6, 12/13
Student coordinator: Kasey Huang
MD Competency: MK, ICS, SBP
Interprofessional Level: M

Course number: Family & Community Medicine (FCM) 170.02
Course title: Patient Interview Approaches to Communication and Engagement (aka Compassionate Care: The Art of Healing Communication) (see course description here)

Faculty: Margo Vener, Shieva Khayam-Bashi
Units: 1.0
Day, time and location of the elective: 9/14-12/14 – Tuesdays at noon via Zoom
Student Coordinators: Kea Edwards, Jessica Crockett & Ayushi Gautam
MD Competencies: PC, ICS, SBP, PBLI, MK
Inter-Professional Level: I

Course number: Family & Community Medicine 170.08
Course title: Complementary Paths of Healing
Faculty:  Anand Dhruva
Units: 1.0
Day, time and location of the elective: Mondays, 12:00 pm - 1pm via Zoom. Dates: September 27- November 29, 2021
Student Coordinators: Vanessa Simmons, Adrienne Yang
MD Competencies: PC, ICS
Inter-Professional Level: M

Course number: Family & Community Medicine (FCM) 170.10A
Course title: Houselessness & Health Inequities

Faculty: M. Vener, J. Bamberger, W. Shore, D. Wlodarczyk
Units: 1.0
Day, time and location of the elective: Mondays, 12:10-1pm via Zoom; 9/27-11/29
Student Coordinator: Kris Soriano
MD Competencies: ICS, Prof, SBP, PBLI, MK
Inter-Professional Level: I

Course number: Family & Community Medicine (FCM) 171.06
Course title: Forensic Evaluation & Education of Asylum Seekers

Faculty:  Coleen Kivlahan & Triveni DeFries
Units: 1.0
Day, time and location of the elective: Fridays, 12:10-1pm, via Zoom
Student Coordinator: Alice Lu
MD Competencies: ICS, SBP, PBLI, MK
Inter-Professional Level: M

Course number: Family & Community Medicine (FCM) 171.07
Course title: Intro to Harm Reduction & Addiction Medicine (syllabus here)

Faculty:  Dan Ciccarone
Units: 1.0
Day, time and location of the elective: Tuesdays, 12:10-1pm, 8/17-11/16 via Zoom
Student Coordinator: Ciaran Murphy
MD Competencies: PC, Prof, SBP, PBLI, MK
Inter-Professional Level: M

Course number: Family & Community Medicine (FCM) 172A
Course title: Legal Medicine (see flyer here)

Faculty: Dan Tennenhouse
Units: 2.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Tuesdays, 5:10-7pm via Zoom; 9/28-11/30
Contact Dr. Tenennhouse for further info: dantennenhouse@yahoo.com

Course number: Family & Community Medicine (FCM) 184
Course title: Contemporary Issues in Latinx Health

Faculty:  Manuel Tapia
Units: 1.0
Day, time and location of the elective: Mondays, 12:10-1pm, 8/16-11/29, via Zoom
Student Coordinator: Marcos Armendariz, Stephanie Vera
MD Competencies: PC, Prof, SBP, PBLI, MK
Inter-Professional Level: M

Course number: Medicine 170.01B
Course title: Intro to Health Policy (Interest Group Elective; Listed as Special Issues in Health Care)
Faculty:  Ari Hoffman (Cindy Lai listed in course catalog)
Units: 1.0
Day, Time & Room Location: Fridays, 12:10-1 pm, via Zoom
Student Coordinators: Zachary Brown, Chris Hinojosa
MD Competencies: PC, MK, SBP
Inter-Professional Level: M

Course number: Medicine 170.01E
Course title: Topics in Clinical Neuroscience (Interest Group Elective; Listed as Special Issues in Health Care)
Faculty:  Alexandra Nelson (Cindy Lai listed in course catalog)
Units: 1.0
Day, Time & Room Location: Wednesdays, 12:10-1pm via Zoom: 9/8, 15, 29; 10/6, 13, 27; 11/3, 17; 12/1, 8.
Student Coordinators: Kyra Neylan, Yesenia Day, Ricardo Guajardo, Yasamin Vafai, Ariana Andere
MD Competencies: PC, MK, SBP
Inter-Professional Level: M

Course Number: Medicine 170.01F
Course title: Oncology Interest Group Elective (Listed as Special Issues in Health Care)

Faculty: Michelle Hermiston (Cindy Lai listed in course catalog)
# of units: 1.0
Dates: Fridays, 10/1-12/3, 12:10-1pm, via Zoom
Day, Time & Room Location:
Student Coordinator: Anna Crosetti
MD Competencies: MK, PBLI, SBP
Interprofessional Learning: U

Course Number: Medicine 170.07
Course title: Communicating with the Latino Patient (Medical Spanish) **For MS2s

Faculty: Dr. Leticia Rolon
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective:
Student Coordinators:  
MD Competencies: PC, ICS
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: M

Course number: Medicine 170.34A
Course title: Asian Pacific Islander Health Disparities

Faculty:  Cindy Lai
Units: 1.0
Day, Time & Room Location: Tuesdays, 12:10-1 pm, via Zoom
Dates: 9/28/21, 10/5/21, 10/19/21, 10/26/21, 11/2/21, 11/16/21, 11/30/21, 12/7/21
Student Coordinators: Olivian Wong, Stacey Yu, Stephanie Do, Jasmin Woo
MD Competencies: PC, ICS,PBLI
Inter-Professional Level: M

Course number: Medicine 170.41
Course title: Word on the Wards

Faculty: Kelly Han
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Wednesdays, 12:10-1:00 pm via Zoom; 10/13-12/15
Student Coordinators: Esther Gao, Yohannes Gebrehiwet, Francisco Gomez, Gordon Mah, Janille Miranda, Rania Mohsin, Amena Ng
MD Competencies: PBLI, ICS, Prof
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: I

Course number: Medicine 170.49
Course title: Native Health Elective

Faculty: Michelle Guy
# of units: 1.0
Dates: 8/9-9/18
Day, time, and location of the elective: Thursdays, 12:10-1pm via Zoom, 8/19, 8/26, 9/9, 9/16, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/28, 11/4.
Student Coordinators:  Adria Bowles, Brooke Warren
MD Competencies: MK, ICS, PBLI, SBP
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: M

Course number: ObGyn 170.02
Course title: UTEACH

Faculty: Rebecca Amirault, Kate Frometa
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Tuesdays, 12:10-1pm via Zoom
Student Coordinators: Melanie Rader, Abiana Adamson, Winnie Fan
MD Competencies: MK, PC, PBLI, ICS, SBP
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: M

Course number: ObGyn 170.03
Course title: Family Planning & Reproductive Choice (see syllabus here)

Faculty: A. Jackson, J. Lager, M. McLemore
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Wednesdays, 12:10-1pm via Zoom
Student Coordinators: Meredith Klashman
MD Competencies: MK, PC, SBP, ICS
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: M

Course number: ObGyn 170.04
Course title: ObGyn: Intro to Procedures & Surgical Skills

Faculty: Gaetan Pettigrew, Jeannette Lager
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Fridays, 12:10-1pm via Zoom
Student Coordinators: Melanie Rader, Ridhaa Sachidanandan, Anita Qualls, Kristienne Edrosolan
MD Competencies: MK, PC, SBP, PBLI, ICS, Prof
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: U

Course number: ObGyn 170.06
Course title: Black Health

Faculty: Andrea Jackson, Jeannette Lager
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Mondays, 12:10-1pm, via Zoom
Student Coordinators: Abiana Adamson, Tatyana Roberts, Emanuel Demissie
MD Competencies: MK, ICS, SBP, PBLI
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: M

Course number: ObGyn 170.08
Course title: Incarcerated Women's Health

Faculty: Andrea Jackson, Jeannette Lager
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Tuesdays, 12:10-1pm via Zoom
Student Coordinators: Jessica Ma, Emily Nguyen
MD Competencies: Prof, ICS, SBP, PBLI
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: M

Course number: ObGyn 170.14
Course title: Environmental Health & Health Professional Activism

Faculty: Bob Gould
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Thursdays, 12:10-1pm, via Zoom; 9/9-11/18
Student Coordinators: Madeline Matthys, Rio Barrere-Cain
MD Competencies: MK, ICS, SBP, PBLI
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: M

Course number: Ophthalmology 160.01
Course title: Intro to Clinical Ophthalmology

Faculty: Neeti Parikh
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Tuesdays, 12:10-1pm, via Zoom
Coordinator: Shelle Libberton
MD Competencies: MK, ICS, SBP, PBLI
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: M

Course number: Orthopaedic Surgery 160.08
Course title: Intro to Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PMR)

Faculty: Karina DelRosario
# of units: 1.0
Day, time, and location of the elective: Mondays, 12:10-1pm, via Zoom
Student Coordinator: Ariana Andere
MD Competencies: MK, ICS, SBP, PBLI
Inter-Professional Level of Learning: U

Course number: Pediatrics 170.01A
Course title: Exploring Pediatrics (listed as Special Issues in Health Care)

Faculty:  Sara Buckelew
Units: 1.0
Day, time and location of elective: Wednesdays, 12:10-1pm, via Zoom
Student Coordinators: Adria Bowles, Anita Qualls
MD Competencies: MK, PC, SBP
Inter-Professional Level: U

Course number: Pediatrics 170.01B
Course title: Medical Vietnamese (listed as Special Issues in Health Care)

Faculty:  Sara Buckelew
Units: 1.0
Day, time and location of elective: Mondays, 5:30-6:30pm via Zoom, 9/27-11/22
Student Coordinators: Hoang Dang
MD Competencies: MK, ICS
Inter-Professional Level: M

Course number: Pediatrics 170.01C
Course title: Global Health (listed as Special Issues in Health Care)

Faculty:  Sara Buckelew
Units: 1.0
Day, time and location of elective: Tuesdays, 12:10-1pm, 9/28-11/30, via Zoom
Student Coordinators: Olivia Leventhal, Anne SommerManuella Djomaleu
MD Competencies: MK, PBLI, SBP
Inter-Professional Level: M

Course number: Surgery 160.10
Course title: Cardiothoracic & Vascular Interventions
Faculty:  Shant Vartanian
Units: 1.0
Day, time and location of elective: Thursdays, 12:10-1pm, starts 9/9, via Zoom
Student Coordinators: Ricky Gutierrez, Brook Abegaze
MD Competencies: MK, PBLI, SBP
Inter-Professional Level: U

Course number: Surgery 160.15
Course title: Exploring Plastic Surgery
Faculty:  Scott Hansen
Student Coordinators: Israel Falade
Units: 1.0
Day, time and location of elective: Tuesday, 9/7 12:10-1pm is first session; then Wednesdays, 12:10-1pm, 9/15-12/17, via Zoom
MD Competencies: MK, PBLI, SBP
Inter-Professional Level: U

Course number: Urology 170.01
Course title: Intro to Urology

Faculty:  Alan Shindel & David Bayne
Units: 1.0
Day, time and location of elective: varies: Mondays - Thursdays at 12:10-1pm, via Zoom
Student Coordinators: Kevin Li, Patrick Low, Kristienne Edrosolan, Robert Pearce, Johsias Maru
MD Competencies: PC, ICS, MK
Inter-Professional Level: U