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1st and 2nd year electives are mini-courses, sponsored by CWRU faculty and students, that occur in the first and second year of the M.D. program. There is a wide variation in course format. Instructors are encouraged to provide narrative comments on student performance that may be used as excerpts in the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE). 1st and 2nd year electives are not required to meet graduation requirements and should be scheduled so as not to interfere with Foundations of Clinical Medicine (FCM) core activities such as RAMP and PD1.

1st and 2nd year electives fall within two categories. The first category includes courses that are valuable enrichment opportunities but they are not acknowledged on the transcript. The second category includes pre-clerkship courses that meet the Electives Policy criteria and will be acknowledged on the transcript but students will not receive academic credit for the course. Information about pre-clerkship electives can be found in our catalog. Please note that you must be logged in (the log-in button is in the upper right) to view all of the details.

Information about some enrichment opportunities are listed below. Students and elective sponsors interested in submitting information for 1st and 2nd year elective offerings to be included on this website may contact the SOM Registrar's Office. Click on each course title for a detailed description of the elective.




Major Tropical Pathogens

The next sessions dates and times TBA.

If interested, students should contact Carmel Gambatese at


SUPER Coach Program

The next sessions dates and times TBA.

If interested, students should email Dr. Nicholas Cohen at


Spinal Cord Injury from the Time of Injury to Participation in the Community

The next sessions dates:

Spring 2019: February 26, 2019 to April 30, 2019

If interested, students must review the Course Description for detailed information and instructions on how to register for the course. Presented by Gregory Nemunaitis, MD and Mary Jo Roach, PhD. This course is made possible by a grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.  View the flyer for the course here.


Other Electives Not in the Course Catalog:

Unlisted Electives

Away Rotations (Requires Unlisted Elective Request Form)

International Electives (Processed through Education Abroad Portal)

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