University of Pittsburgh

Mini-Electives

Medical student curricula are packed with essential courses and content that all students must master, yet most students find time to pursue areas of personal interest. A goal of the recent curricular revision was to provide increased opportunities for such exploration and growth. We believe, and students confirm, that pursuing studies beyond the required curriculum helps students understand the connection between their basic science coursework and medical practice, and provides exposure to topics and specialties that cannot readily be included in the core curriculum. A mini-elective structure was developed to provide well-structured, rigorous and high quality experiences in areas not typically available to students (especially students in the pre-clinical years).

These courses are offered to any first- or second-year student who is able to commit to attending all course sessions, typically four to eight of them. A student must be in good academic standing to enroll. Most mini-electives are only offered during the Spring Term of each academic year. Updates to the course list as well as date changes typically occur in the late Fall. An email is sent to students in early December announcing Spring registration dates.

Please note that some of the longitudinal mini-electives that begin in the fall have registration through the course director or student association coordinator. Other fall minis may have registrations through Betsy Nero in late August or early September. The registration information is outlined in all the course descriptions. As mini-elective offerings are announced and registration opens, students will be notified of the offerings and registration details via email.

Students who have other assigned academic commitments at the course times must meet those commitments. Therefore, some students may not be able to enroll in some mini-electives.

Course space is limited, based on the maximum number of students designated by the course director.

Students who successfully complete a mini-elective course will receive a certificate of completion. It will not be shown on their official University transcript.

Additional questions about mini-elective courses should be directed to Betsy Nero in the Office of Medical Education at 412-648-9829 or betsy.nero@pitt.edu.

Mini-Electives are being updated regularly with the 2019-2020 course descriptions.

Courses for first year students

Fall Courses

Spring Courses

Summer Courses

Courses for second year students

Fall Courses

Spring Courses

 

Longitudinal Mini-Electives