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Create a New Third - Fourth Year Elective

The UPSOM curriculum encourages innovation.  Students have benefited greatly by having unique and contemporary experiences in a wide range of fields.  Faculty who are interested in developing a new elective offering for third or fourth year students should contact Dr. John Mahoney, Associate Dean for Medical Education, at 412-648-8714 or by email at  For a brief consultation on how courses are developed, how to formulate a course description, and how to obtain approval to make the new course offering.  Depending on the details of the course involved, the process varies slightly.  However, in each case, a detailed and specific course description must be created.  The description includes a general overview of the course, plus specific learning objectives and student obligations.  The description would also include logistical details such as identifying the key faculty and explicitly identifying how students will be evaluated.