Fourth Year Course Directory

Away Elective Policy

LCME Standard (MS-20)

If students are permitted to take electives at other institutions, there should be a system... to review students’ proposed extramural programs prior to approval.

Policy Statement

  1. Established electives at any LCME-accredited U.S. medical school will be automatically approved. However, students must submit their VSAS approval letter to the Registrar's Office.
    • Course Description.  This document should include a detailed description of the educational experiences which will occur on the elective, and a statement detailing the number of hours the student will spend weekly in clinical work.  Electives must include at least 40 hours weekly of work within the elective.
    • Course goals and objectives.
    • A listing of faculty responsible for educational experiences during the elective.  This listing must include an individual or individuals who will be on site with the student.
    • A letter from the course director or supervisor attesting they he/she has reviewed the above documents and that they represent a realistic description of the elective.  Note that it is the responsibility of the student to gather the above documents, but the description, goals and objectives should come from the organizers of the elective.