UWSOM Foundations Curriculum

Non-Clinical Electives

Students taking courses during the Foundations Phase are given the opportunity to pursue electives that may enhance their personal medical education. These electives, otherwise known as Non-Clinical Electives, are offered by the University on a quarterly basis, and while do not involve direct patient care, are relevant to medical education. Because these courses run on the quarter system, they may not correspond exactly with other course requirements in the School of Medicine.

Please check out the Non-Clinical Electives website for more information on the WWAMI Non-Clinical Electives, registering for courses, and Seattle-specific Non-Clinical Electives. If you have questions, please contact the SOM Non-Clinical Electives Team

Dates of Instruction

Remember, Non-Clinical Electives do not follow the same timeline as block courses and requirements in the School of Medicine. If your course has a final examination that conflicts with your block courses and requirements, we encourage you to work with the instructor to find a solution. Please refer to the Academic Calendar for more information.


Full-term A-term B-term
Instruction Begins WAC 478-132-030 Sep 30, 2020 Jan 4, 2021 Mar 29, 2021 Jun 21, 2021 Jun 21, 2021 Jul 22, 2021
Last Day of Instruction Dec 11, 2020 Mar 12, 2021 Jun 4, 2021 Aug 20, 2021 Jul 22, 2020 Aug 20, 2021
Final Examination Week Dec 12-18, 2020 Mar 13-19, 2021 Jun 7-11, 2021 Typically the last class day of class Typically the last class day of class Typically the last class day of class
Commencement Seattle, June 13

Bothell, June 14
Tacoma, June 15