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Preclerkship Electives

Eligibility for elective participation includes:

Please note the following:

  • NO elective course is excluded from the application/approval/enrollment process.
  • The college’s deadline to enroll in Preclerkship Electives is the first day of the course.
  • Deadline to drop or add courses is halfway through the semester as indicated by the university registrar.

Students can access the course application by selecting the department of interest. Upon completing the application, print, sign and take to the College of Osteopathic Medicine registrar services representative at your site for processing:

  • East Landing: College of Osteopathic Medicine Registrar Office – E. Fee Hall, Room C110
  • Detroit Medical Center: Administrative Office
  • Macomb: Administrative Office – UC4

Elective Calendar

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Courses

ANTR 585 - Directed Study in Prosection

  • ANTR 585 In-Person Syllabus - Offered US21
  • In-Person Lab on East Lansing Campus Only
  • First offering (May 17th – July 1st, 2021)
  • Second offering (July 6th – August 19th, 2021)
  • Prerequisites: Completed ANTR 510 or equivalent

ANTR 585 laboratory module has been temporarily replaced by an intensive in-person/hands-on short sessions, 1-credit hour electives. Individually based prosection assignments will continue to form the core of the modules, with the aim of offering the students an in-depth understanding of 3-D spatial relationships of anatomical structures.

ANTR 590 - Independent Study in Clinical Human Morphology 

  • ANTR 590 Syllabus - Offered US21
  • Prerequisites: Completed ANTR510
  • Offered in: Fall, Spring, Summer every year

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.

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

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 a hybrid course open to all pre-clerkship students. It includes online and live content with two face-to-face classes required at the East Lansing campus.

OMM 500 - Student Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine Practical Laboratory

  • OMM 500 Syllabus - Will be posted upon next offering
  • Prerequisites: OMS2, enrolled in OMM 514, completion of OMM 511-513, on list
  • Offered in: Fall, Spring, Summer of every year (not offered Summer 2021)

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

OMM 590 (605 and 606) - Sports OMT Elective

  • OMM 590 Sports OMT Syllabus - Will be posted upon next offering
  • Prerequisites: For section 605: OMS1. For section 606: OMS2, enrolled last year.
  • Offered in: Fall, Spring, Summer every year (not offered Summer 2021)

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.

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, on list
  • Offered in: Fall, Spring, Summer every year (not offered Summer 2021)

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

OST 591 - Medical Case Study Journal Review

  • OST 591 Syllabus - Offered US21
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Offered in: Fall, Spring, Summer every year

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
  • Available only to MSUCOM students during semesters in which they are not enrolled in the fulltime core Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine curriculum
  • 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 - 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 597 - Biomedical Research Structure and Methods

  • OST 597 Syllabus - Will be posted upon next offering
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Offered in: Spring every year

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.

OST 599 - Biomedical Research

  • OST 599 Syllabus - Offered US21
  • Prerequisites: Prior approval needed from RASP office
  • Offered in: Fall, Spring, Summer every year

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

More details can be found here.

OST 686 - Global Health: Mexico – Clinical Immersion 

  • OST 686 Syllabus - Will be posted upon next offering
  • Prerequisites: OMS2
  • Offered in: Fall, Spring, Summer every year (not offered Summer 2021)

OST 686 is a variable credit elective that is 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.

To apply for this elective, visit the Institute of Global Health: Mexico.

OST 687 - Global Health: Peru – Clinical Immersion

  • Syllabus: Will be posted upon next offering
  • Prerequisites: See syllabus
  • (not offered Spring 2021)

OST 687 is a variable credit elective that is 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 688 – Global Health: Cuba – Clinical Immersion 

  • OST 688 Syllabus - Will be posted upon next offering
  • Prerequisites: OMS2
  • Offered in: Fall, Spring, Summer every year (not offered Summer 2021)

OST 688 is a variable credit elective that is 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.

To apply for this elective, visit the Institute of Global Health: Cuba.

OST 689 – Global Health: Haiti – Clinical Immersion

  • OST 689 Syllabus - Will be posted upon next offering
  • Prerequisites: OMS2
  • Offered in: Fall, Spring, Summer every year (not offered Summer 2021)

OST 689 is a variable credit elective that is 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.

To apply for this elective, visit the Institute of Global Health: Haiti.

OST 690 – Global Health: Dominican Republic – Clinical Immersion 

  • OST 690 Syllabus - Will be posted upon next offering
  • Prerequisites: OMS2
  • Offered in: Fall, Spring, Summer every year (not offered Summer 2021)

OST 690 is a variable credit elective that is 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.

To apply for this elective, visit the Institute of Global Health: Dominican Republic.

OST 691 – Global Health: Guatemala – Clinical Immersion 

  • OST 691 Syllabus - Will be posted upon next offering
  • Prerequisites: OMS2
  • Offered in: Fall, Spring, Summer every year (not offered Summer 2021)

OST 691 is a variable credit elective that is an observation of and supervised participation in host country’s healthcare delivery system.  Etiology, treatment, and control of endemic disease.  Tropical disease.  Exploration of local culture and history.

To apply for this elective, visit the Institute of Global Health: Guatemala.

OST 693 - Global Health: South Korea – Clinical Immersion

  • Syllabus: Will be posted upon next offering
  • Prerequisites: See syllabus
  • (not offered Spring 2021)

OST 693 is a variable credit elective that is 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 694 - Global Health: Nepal – Clinical Immersion

  • Syllabus: Will be posted upon next offering
  • Prerequisites: See syllabus
  • (not offered Spring 2021)

OST 694 is a variable credit elective that is 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.

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.

PMR 590 - Basics of Medical Acupuncture

  • PMR 590 Syllabus - Will be posted upon next offering
  • Prerequisites: OMS1 or OMS2
  • (not offered Spring 2021)

PMR 590 is a 1-credit elective that provides students with a basic understanding of the history, scientific evidence and practical uses of medical acupuncture, using a lecture & hands on laboratory format.

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.