Spring Electives for First-Year and Second-Year Medical Students

What are these courses?
Electives are offered to provide students an opportunity to pursue individual interests. Electives are not a part of your required curriculum and, thus, enrollment is optional. All electives are pass/fail.

Each student to enroll in only one elective each semester.  A student may request permission to take one or two additional electives by sending an email to med.registrar@uky.edu, asking the Student Progress and Promotions Committee (SPPC) for permission for an additional course or two.  Please send only one request email.  SPPC will take into account a number of factors when deciding about the requests, including academic performance, extracurricular commitments, etc.  The purpose of this is to ensure that each student has appropriate time and energy for required coursework and preparation for USMLE Step 1.

Spring 2018 Elective Courses
The list of spring elective course descriptions can be found in the OASIS course catalog at https://uky.oasisscheduling.com/public/courses/select_student_level.html. Click on "2017-2018," for either M1 or M2 (both go to the same place), then "M1 M2 Electives," then "Search." 

How to Register an Elective

The deadline for registering for an elective is Friday, December 15.

    1. If you want to take a course that requires permission, please request permission as instructed in the course description (link below.)  You will not be able to enroll in a permission-required course in any other way.  Courses that require permission — see the Electives webpage linked below for the list — each handle their own enrollment.

    2. You will receive an email from OASIS informing you of your login time for elective registration.  The system cannot allow everyone at once, so login times will be randomly assigned for fairness.  You may login to register at or after your scheduled time.

    3. You will have until noon on Friday, December 15, to enroll in a course in OASIS.

    4. Students who require permission for a course may be enrolled after the deadline.

    5. You may drop an elective at any time with no consequences provided you inform the course director and registrar.

When will Spring electives be offered? 
Spring electives will be offered from week of January 8 through the week of April 23. Some courses arrange schedules with students individually. Some elective schedules may conflict with your ICM schedule or other activities of your core curriculum. Do not try to get changes made to the schedules of your core courses.

M2 students may enroll in electives only if they commit to being in Lexington through the end of the course.  There are a few courses with schedules appropriate for students who will be leaving in March, as described in the course descriptions.

Independent study options:
A student may arrange her or his own elective with any full-time faculty member in the College of Medicine through an independent study format. Please email the registrars a brief description of the course, including the number of credits (1-3), and have your faculty member email us approval for you to take the elective.

Main campus course options:
Students may take other University courses as electives, provided that schedules do not conflict with medical school courses, there is space available, and the course director is willing to post a pass/fail grade. (Distance Learning courses are not included.) Turn in an Elective Registration Form for Campus Course (PDF) that includes the course title, course and section numbers, and instructor name. This form requires the signature of the course instructor agreeing to award a Pass or Fail grade. An email from that person will be accepted in lieu of the actual signature.

The electives available for spring semester are:

Behav Medicine & Chronic Pain Management
Elective in Behavioral Science (requires permission)
History of Medicine Among African Americans (requires permission)
The Stories We Tell Each Other: Engaging Emotional Perspectives Through Art (requires permission)
Cardiovascular Imaging Research (requires permission)
Fundamentals of Abdominal Radiology (requires permission)
Introduction to Emergency Radiology
Vascular and Interventional Radiology Elective
Neuroradiology Elective (requires permission)
Introduction to Breast Imaging
Radiology Ultrasound (RADiUS) (requires permission)
Nuclear Medicine & Molecular Imaging Elective (requires permission)
Elective in Emergency Medicine
Elective in Emergency Medicine
Bedside Ultrasound (Emergency Medicine)
Introduction to Global Health
Review of Medical Spanish
Interprofessional Teamwork in Global Health (Shoulder-to-Shoulder, Ecuador) (requires permission)
Introduction to Social Medicine and Health Disparities
Healer’s Art (requires permission)
Intensive Medical Spanish and Tropical Medicine Cardiovascular Imaging Research (requires permission)
Research in Family & Community Medicine (requires permission)
Introduction to Clinical Research
Geriatric Elective
Health Care Ethics
Bioethics on Film

Leadership in Rural and Underserved Health
History of Microbiology
Ovarian Cancer Research
Forensic Pathology
Multidisciplinary Value Program (MVP) Research Elective in Orthopaedics (requires permission)

The Clinical Use of Narrative
Head & Neck Oncology
Research in Surgery (requires permission)
Elective in Orthopaedic Surgery (requires permission)
Minimally Invasive Surgery