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Preclerkship Electives

Eligibility for elective participation includes the following (For all electives in sections 1-4. Specifics for each section can be found there):

  • Compliance with all college and university immunization guidelines
    • check your compliance status and future expiration dates at:  http://hcpimmunize.msu.edu/
    • non-compliant students will not be enrolled.
  • ​​​​​​Students out of Good Academic Standing, on Academic Extension, or on a Leave of Absence, from the College are highly encouraged to reach out to Academic and Career Advising for guidance before submitting elective applications to ensure your energies are spent on purposeful electives that will assist you in progressing through the program.  For more details, please go to:  https://com.msu.edu/current-students/academic-and-career-advising​​​​​​

Please note the following when submitting an elective form:

  • NO elective course is excluded from the application/approval/enrollment process.
  • Deadlines to enroll and drop elective opportunities are set by the University enrollment system.
  • You will receive an exact copy of the application you submit.
  • Your enrollment will be processed on a first-come, first-enrolled basis – so please get your applications in as soon as possible.
    • NOTE – while enrollment may not occur immediately, the system will date/time stamp your applications, your enrollment will be processed based on this information, and you will receive a confirmation email once enrolled in the course.  You can always check the status of your enrollment at:  https://student.msu.edu/splash.html and view your schedule for the changes you have requested.

Elective Calendar

Click here to view the Elective Calendar.

Section 1: Elective Opportunities

Eligibility for elective participation in this section includes the:

FCM 590 - Medical Spanish

  • FCM 590 Syllabus - Will be posted upon next offering
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Offered in: Spring

FCM 590 is a 1-credit elective that provides students with Spanish language skills needed to provide basic H&Ps, follow-up care, and provide prescription instructions to Spanish-speaking patients. The course is intended to help future health care providers better communicate with Spanish-speaking patients and provide culturally sensitive health care services to this growing population.

IM 618 - Clinical Tropical Medicine

  • IM 618 Syllabus - Will be posted upon next offering
  • Prerequisites: OMS2
  • Offered in: Fall

IM 618 is a 2-credit elective meant to provide an introduction to the practice of clinical medicine in resource-challenged settings. The course focuses on Africa, because of the clinical electives offered by MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine for fourth-year students, but much of the content will be relevant in other settings.

NUR 423 - Transitional Needs of Individuals with Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities

  • NUR 423 Syllabus - Will be posted upon next offering
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Offered in: Fall and Spring every year (not offered Spring 2022)

NUR 423 is a 3-credit course designed to provide an elective opportunity for interprofessional students to analyze the complex transitional needs of adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD).

This is an online course open to all pre-clerkship students. It includes all online content and course materials with two synchronous Zoom sessions in the semester.

OST 591 - Medical Case Study Journal Review

  • OST 591 Syllabus - Offered US22
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Offered in: Fall, Spring, Summer

OST 591 is a 1-credit elective where students will experience published and patient-based case reports under the guidance of participating clinicians.

OST 592 – Self-Directed Integration of Medical Knowledge

  • OST 592 Syllabus - Will be posted upon next offering
  • Prerequisites:
    • Available only to MSUCOM students during semesters in which they are not enrolled in the fulltime core Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine curriculum
    • Enrollment must be approved by ACA advisor
  • Offered in: Fall, Spring

OST 592 is a 6-credit hour elective course designed to enable students understand who they are as learners, how they learn and, to conduct a successful, self-directed review of basic science information.

 OST 593 - Scholarly Activity Seminar

  • OST 593 Syllabus - Will be posted upon next offering
  • Prerequisites: OST 598

OST 593 - Scholarly Activity Seminar is a 1-credit hour course that will develop the student’s ability to design and implement a scholarly project.  Using a workshop format, categories of scholarly activity applicable to graduate medical education will be reviewed. The course will focus on building the student’s capacity to engage in scholarship in practical and pragmatic ways, without an intensive review of research methodology and statistical analysis.

OST 594 – Spirituality in Medicine

  • OST 594 Syllabus - Will be posted upon next offering
  • Prerequisites:
    • Students must be willing to travel for weekend field trips
    • Must have self-transportation for weekend field trips
  • Offered in: Fall, Spring

OST 594 is a 1-credit hour elective course that provides students with an opportunity to examine multiple aspects of spirit and spirituality, a vital component of well-being for both physician and patient.

 OST 597 - Biomedical Research Structure and Methods

  • OST 597 Syllabus - Will be posted upon next offering
  • Prerequisites: Completed OST 598
  • Offered in: Spring

OST 597 is a 2-credit course where students are introduced to a wide variety of research types and methods. The students will attend lectures and workshops and participate in large group case discussions.

PHM 590 – Case Studies in Clinical Pharmacology

  • PHM 590 Syllabus - Will be posted upon next offering
  • Prerequisites: OMS2, completion of PHM 564
  • Offered in: Fall

PHM 590 is a 2-credit elective where students will study selected case studies emphasizing clinical applications of pharmacological principles.  Evaluation of new drugs, drug advertising, and adverse drug reactions.

PSC 591 - Happiness and Emotional Resilience Promotion for Health Care Providers

  • PSC 591 Syllabus - Will be posted upon next offering
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Offered in: Spring

PSC 591 is a 1-credit elective that provides students with evidenced-based educational modules that were created to address the specific needs of medical students.

Section 2: Individualized Electives

Eligibility for elective participation in this section includes:

  • Plan an independent study project.
  • Secure a faculty mentor/sponsor for project.
  • Work with faculty sponsor to create details for the syllabus, which the faculty sponsor will submit to COM.OsteoMedAP@msu.edu for approval.
  • Upon approval by Med Ed AP the faculty sponsor and ESSR will be contacted for enrollment to take place.

OST 589 - Independent Study Project

OST 589 is an elective course to support student-led independent study under the mentorship of a faculty member.  As each independent study project will be unique, a syllabus template is provided. A student who wishes to enroll in OST 589 must identify a faculty mentor and submit a completed syllabus using this template.

Section 3: Electives opportunities requiring pre-approval

Eligibility for elective participation in this section includes:

  • Attending the Mandatory Meeting to be eligible to participate, dates/times listed below.
  • Completion of elective application linked to each elective opportunity below.

ANTR 585 - Directed Study in Prosection

  • ANTR 585 Syllabus - Offered US22
  • Mandatory Meeting - May 16th 5-6pm
  • Prerequisites: Completed ANTR 510 or equivalent
  • Offered in: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Be sure to read the syllabus above as the elective application will ask you for the number of credits you have discussed with Dr. Kujjo.
  • Dr. Kujjo will make finally approvals before any enrollment is processed.

ANTR 585 - Directed Study in Human Prosection is a variable 1 – 5 credit elective that provides students with hands-on prosection of selected regions of preserved human cadavers or isolated body parts. Students can accumulate a maximum of 15 credits in all enrollments.

Summer 2022 PreClerkship Elective Application - ANTR 585 & 590 ONLY

ANTR 590 - Independent Study in Clinical Human Morphology 

  • ANTR 590 Syllabus - Offered US22
  • Mandatory Meeting - May 16th 5-6pm
  • Prerequisites: Completed ANTR510
  • Offered in: Fall, Spring, Summer every year
  • Be sure to read the syllabus above as the elective application will ask you for the faculty advisor you have selected and the number of credits you have discussed with them.
  • Dr. Kujjo will make finally approvals before any enrollment is processed.

ANTR 590 is a variable 1-5 credit course that is an independent study of a specific topic from gross anatomy, histology, radiological anatomy, cytology, neuroscience, or embryology.

Summer 2022 PreClerkship Elective Application - ANTR 585 & 590 ONLY

OMM 500 - Student Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Practical Laboratory

  • OMM 500 Syllabus - Offered US22
  • Prerequisites: Currently enrolled in OMM.
    • For EL ONLY: Must have participated in and been selected through the Student OMM Clinic lottery.
  • Offered in: Fall, Spring, Summer of every year

OMM 500 is a 1-credit elective course of didactic and clinical sessions which apply osteopathic principles and techniques on patients.

Summer 2022 PreClerkship Elective Application - OMM 500 ONLY

OMM 590 (604) - Teaching Assistant

  • OMM 590 Syllabus - Will be posted upon next offering
  • Prerequisites: OMS2, enrolled in OMM 514, completion of OMM 511-513 and special permission from course instructor to enroll
  • Offered in: Fall, Spring

OMM 590 (604) is a 1-credit elective that provides students with experience in teaching OMM diagnosis and treatment in a small group setting.

Link for enrollment - Will be available upon next offering.

OMM 590 (605 and 606) - Sports OMT Elective

  • OMM 590 Sports OMT Syllabus - Will be posted upon next offering
  • Mandatory Meeting - TBD for the next iteration
  • Prerequisites: Must be enrolled in OMM.
    • For section 605: OMS1, first come, first enrolled.
    • For section 606: OMS2, enrolled last year.
  • Offered in: Fall, Spring
  • Site: Only offered in East Lansing due to the necessity of access to athletes, DMC & MUC students are welcome to participate, but will be required to commute to East Lansing for the course offerings.

OMM 590 (605 and 606) is a 1-credit elective that provides students with an opportunity to actively treat MSU Division I athletes using OMT under the guidance of faculty residents.

This course is a two-year commitment. First-year students are trained to evaluate and treat the lumbar, sacrum, pelvis and lower extremity regions using a standardized OMT protocol. Second-year students spend time at Jenison Field House treating MSU Division I cross-country athletes using the standardized OMT protocol.

Link for enrollment - Will be available upon next offering.

Section 4: Elective opportunities requiring separate application process

Eligibility for elective participation in this section includes:

  • Completion of Education Abroad or Research application process using links provided below.

Please note the following:

  • Enrollment will be processed after your application has been approved by the individual departments.  They will reach out to the Office of Enrollment Services & Student Records to have your enrollment processed.
    • Education Abroad Students – you must select “Commit” after your application has been approved to have your enrollment processed.

OST 599 - Biomedical Research

  • OST 599 Syllabus - Offered US22
  • Prerequisites: Prior approval needed from RASP office
  • Offered in: Fall, Spring, Summer

Basic, applied or translational medical research under the direction of a mentor. Research topic is arranged with the research director or clinician researcher.

PreClerkship Research Elective Application Process (OST 599) - Get Started Here!

Global Health Electives

Education abroad opportunities are an observation of and supervised participation in host country’s healthcare delivery system.  Etiology, treatment, and control of endemic disease.  Exploration of local culture and history.

OST 686 - Global Health: Mexico – Clinical Immersion 

OST 687 - Global Health: Peru – Clinical Immersion

OST 688 – Global Health: Cuba – Clinical Immersion 

  • OST 688 Syllabus - Will be posted upon next offering
  • 3 credits

OST 689 – Global Health: Haiti – Clinical Immersion

  • OST 689 Syllabus - Will be posted upon next offering
  • 3 credits

OST 690 – Global Health: Dominican Republic – Clinical Immersion 

  • OST 690 Syllabus - Will be posted upon next offering
  • 3 credits

OST 691 – Global Health: Guatemala – Clinical Immersion 

  • OST 691 Syllabus - Will be posted upon next offering
  • 3 credits

OST 693 - Global Health: South Korea – Clinical Immersion

OST 694 - Global Health: Nepal – Clinical Immersion

  • OST 694 Syllabus: Will be posted upon next offering
  • 3 credits

Education Abroad Application Process - Get Started Here!