SOM Electives and Selectives Brochure

Elective and Selective Course Policies
Adding and Dropping UTMB Courses (including C Form) Form
Electives Course Directors and Coordinators

Acting Internship Selectives

Basic Science and Humanities Selectives

Career Development Electives List

Clinical Electives List

Departmental Electives List

Electives with No-prerequisite Requirements

Research Electives Link

1-Week Electives List

2-Week Electives List

Houston Electives List

Tyler Electives List

Online Electives List

Summer Preceptorship Electives

POM3 Project Form

External Electives

VSLO Elective Process

Please be aware of the VSLO elective process found here: Click to Download

Tyler electives that will be available through the VSLO process starting AY 2024-2025:

  • Occupational and Environmental Medicine — Tyler with Dr. Dalia Nessim.
  • Acting Internship in General Surgery — Tyler with Dr. Hishaam Ismael.

For more information regarding these Tyler electives, please reach out to Megan Pazos at

Non-VSLO External Elective Process

Please be aware of the Non-VSLO elective process found here: Click to Download

Electives at St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston that will need to go through the Non-VSLO process starting AY 2024-2025:

  • Surgery — Leadership in Medicine with John E. Bertini, Jr., MD, FACS.
  • Clinical Ophthalmology with Keith A. Bourgeois, MD.
  • Surgery — Urology with John E. Bertini, Jr., MD, FACS.
  • Surgery — Plastic Surgery with Donald R. Collins, Jr., MD.

For more information regarding these electives at St. Joseph Medical Center, please reach out to Frances Dawe at

Student Self-Created Electives

Please be aware of the rules below before submitting a Student Created Elective.

  • This elective cannot be used for VSLO rotations.
  • Elective has to be done off campus (Non-UTMB Campus).
  • Electives must be a minimum of 2 weeks.
  • Students are required to find their own mentor before submitting an elective.
  • An elective will need to be submitted at least 60 days prior to start date. Anything submitted after 60 days will not be accepted.
  • No student can use a family member as their mentor.
  • Electives Committe Approval—The committee meets once a month to review these electives. You will hear from the committee once your elective has been reviewed.
  • Faculty Vetting.
  • Affiliation Agreements.
  • WOS appointments (COVID vaccination cards.)
  • B-Form (enrollment services) — Contact Person. Check TMB website, Board Certified, Criminal Background check, etc...
  • Contact Chelsea Tippit ( for further questions.

CLICK HERE to go to the Student-Created Elective Submission-Form.