Clinical Curriculum Resources

Elective and APC/APC-Sub-I Clerkship Information

Refer to the Explore & Focus website for information on:

  • Elective Clerkships
    • Includes additional information Surgical Selectives (no longer a Curriculum requirement for E15s and beyond)
  • Permission-Only Electives
  • Special Assignment Electives
  • International Clinical Elective (Global Health Electives)

Elective and APC Clerkship Catalog

Refer to the Elective and APC Clerkship Catalog for information on active elective and APC School of Medicine courses.  Catalog is organized by Department.

Email any to update catalog information.  Please note some catalog information (credit information, course name, course description) must first be changed in the UW Curriculum Management System (Kuali) before changes can be made in catalog.

Changing Clerkship Permission-Only Status

Clinical electives and APC/APC Sub-Is can be made permission-only by request from the Departmental Clerkship Administrator or Director. To ensure parity for all students, changes to permission status can only be made during the availability collection period for the upcoming academic year, or in Open Registration following the registration period.  Email Curriculum at and to request change in permission status. Permission-only electives must follow the timeframes established by the clinical calendar.

Research Electives

Medical students may sign up for research electives with departments that offer a course for it (usually numbered <DEPT> 600). Students sign up for research electives via MyUW using a faculty code obtained through the department and the SLN from the Time Schedule. Please be sure that the course is available in the time schedule each quarter in order for students to register. Research electives DO NOT count toward SOM graduation requirements. Additional information and a list of departments with research courses is available on the Clinical Clerkship website.

Special Assignment (aka Away) Electives

Students can register for special assignment electives within each department. Departments review and approve applications prior to forwarding on for School of Medicine Curriculum approval.  A few items to note about special assignment electives:

  • Students must have completed their MS3/Patient Care Phase required clerkships in order to take a special elective
  • Special assignment electives cannot be used for research credit or fulfilling surgical selective or advanced patient care clerkship requirements
  • Electives must be approved by the department that administers the preceptor’s specialty (ex. no FAMED electives approved by Internal Medicine)
  • Special Assignment Electives cannot be used to allow a student to take an established elective during an off-calendar timeframe

Please refer to the Special Assignment Electives page for additional details, and application.

International Away Electives

Students can also register for international away electives if your department allows it. Please let Curriculum know if your department does not allow international electives. Applications and more detailed information can be found in the International Clinical Electives page.