Class of 2021 and Beyond:

It is the policy of the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix (COM – P) that students in Years 3 and 4 meet the credit requirements listed below.

Year 3

Regular Curriculum

  1. Students must complete all Year 3 clerkships.
  2. Students must complete a four-week ambulatory patient care selective. This selective will be completed in Year 3 and must be chosen in consultation with the student’s advisors. The selective will prioritize patient care through an ambulatory core experience, early match experience or another clinical experience.
    1. A four-week structured research elective (that differs from the student’s Scholarly Project) may be pursued in Year 3 instead of the patient care selective with approval of the Director of Scholarly Projects, Associate Dean, Student Affairs and Associate Dean, Clinical and Competency Based Education, and the ambulatory patient care selective will be completed in Year 4.
    2. Requests for a non-patient care elective or discretionary time in Year 3 must be approved by the Associate Dean, Student Affairs and the Associate Dean, Clinical and Competency Based Education, and the ambulatory patient care selective will be completed in Year 4.

Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC) Curriculum

  1. Students must complete all Year 3 LIC requirements.
  2. Exceptions or re-entry into the regular curriculum track must be approved by the Associate Deans, Clinical and Competency Based Education and Associate Dean, Student Affairs, in consultation with the LIC Director and Student Progress Committee, to ensure all graduation requirements are met.

Year 4

  1. Students must complete a total of 43 credits during Year 4. In addition to credits earned for Intersessions (five) and Scholarly Projects (two), these credits must include:
    1. Four credits of a core sub-internship (see Core Sub-Internship Rotation Policy for details).
    2. Four credits of a designated critical care rotation.
    3. Four credits of Emergency Medicine clerkship in regular curriculum or four credits Neurology clerkship in LIC curriculum (the Neurology clerkship for LIC students is considered a Year 4 course).
    4. 24 credits of electives, with a maximum of eight credits of non-patient care.

One credit equates to one week of curricular unit* instructional time.

  1. A maximum of two Year 4 courses may be two credits each. No electives may be one, three or greater than four credits. Exceptions can be made in consultation with Director, Electives and Associate Dean, Student Affairs.
  2. The maximum number of credits allotted during Year 4 in one subspecialty field is 12. Four additional credits may be allowed with the approval of the Director of Electives, the Professional and Career Advisor, Associate Dean, Clinical and Competency Based Education, and the Associate Dean, Student Affairs. “Subspecialty field” is defined as any field in which subspecialty board certification is offered. Students may take multiple courses within a broader discipline’s umbrella, as long as they do not substantially overlap in curricular content.
    1. For example, a student may take multiple pediatric courses, so long as no more than three courses are in any one particular subspecialty. For instance, a student may take a variety of pediatric subspecialty courses, but no more than three general pediatric courses or three pediatric cardiology courses. Another example is general surgery, where a student may take multiple surgical subspecialty courses, such as urology, otolaryngology, etc., but may not complete more than 12 credits in general surgery or any one subspecialty.
    2. The Year 3 ambulatory selective, independent study electives and research electives do not contribute to the 12 credit maximum in one subspecialty field. The Emergency Medicine clerkship, core sub-internships and critical care rotations do contribute towards the 12 credit maximum in one subspecialty field.
  3. The maximum number of credits allotted for courses completed at institutions and sites not directly supervised by University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix faculty or directly affiliated with the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix during Year 4 electives and selectives (core sub-internship and critical care) is 16. Approval from the Director, Electives must be obtained for selective credit for “away” rotations. Clerkships may not be taken at non-University of Arizona COM – P affiliated sites.
  4. The maximum combined number of credits of non-clinical courses (or non-patient care courses) is eight. Included in this maximum are research courses (both Scholarly Project courses and non-Scholarly Project) and independent study courses (including reading electives).
  5. The same course may not be repeated for additional credit, with the following exceptions:
    1. Electives with the same course title and number may be repeated as long as the site/location is different for each elective.
    2. LIC courses may be repeated as part of the LIC curriculum.
    3. Research electives and independent study electives may be repeated once, up to a maximum of eight non-clinical course credits as stated above; the repeated independent study course must have a different set of learning objectives from the first.
    4. Global Health electives may be repeated once, up to a maximum of eight credits, if a different site/location is chosen for the second elective.
  6. Any exceptions to the above limitations must be approved by the Director, Electives, Associate Dean, Clinical and Competency Based Education and the Associate Dean, Student Affairs.

*Any component of the curriculum where a grade is earned.

Class of 2020 Only:

  1. Students must complete a total of 44 credits during their fourth year. In addition to credits earned for Intersessions (five), Scholarly Project (two), and Longitudinal Patient Care (one), these credits must include: four credits of a core sub-internship (see core sub-internship policy for details); four credits of a designated critical care rotation; four credits of emergency medicine; four credits of neurology; and 20 credits of elective credit. One credit equates to one week of course* instructional time.
  2. A maximum of two fourth year courses may be two credits. No electives may be one, three, or >four credits.
  3. The maximum number of credits allowed during the fourth year in one subspecialty field is 12. Four additional credits may be allowed with the approval of the Director, Electives, the Career and Professional Advisor, and the Associate Dean, Student Affairs. “Subspecialty field” is defined as any field in which subspecialty board certification is possible. Students may take multiple courses within a broader discipline’s umbrella, as long as they do not substantively overlap in curricular content.
  4. For example, a student may take multiple pediatric courses, so long as no more than three courses are in any one particular sub-specialty. For example, a student may take a variety of pediatric subspecialty courses, but no more than three general pediatric courses or three pediatric cardiology courses. Another example is general surgery, where a student may take multiple surgical subspecialty courses, such as urology, otolaryngology, etc., but may not complete more than 12 credits in general surgery or any one subspecialty.
  5. Independent Study and Research electives do not contribute to the 12 credit maximum in one subspecialty field. Fourth year clerkships (Emergency Medicine and Neurology), core sub-internships, and critical care rotations do contribute towards the 12 credit maximum in one subspecialty field.
  6. The maximum number of credits allowed for courses completed at institutions and sites not directly supervised by University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix faculty or directly affiliated with the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix during the fourth year electives and selectives (core sub-internship and critical care) is 16. Approval from the Director, Electives must be obtained for selective credit for “away” rotations. Clerkships may not be taken at non-University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix affiliated sites.
  7. The maximum combined number of credits of non-clinical courses (or non-patient care courses) is eight. Included in this maximum are research courses (both Scholarly Project courses and non-Scholarly Project) and independent study courses (including reading electives).
  8. The same course may not be repeated for additional credit, with the following exceptions. Research electives and independent study electives may be repeated once, up to a maximum of eight non-clinical course credits as stated above; the repeated independent study course must have a different set of learning objectives from the first. Global Health electives may also be repeated once, up to a maximum of eight credits, if a different site/location is chosen for the second elective.
  9. Any exceptions to the above limitations must be approved by the Director, Electives and the Associate Dean, Student Affairs.
  10. *”Course”, for the purpose of this policy, is defined as any elective, selective, or required fourth year course for which a student receives a grade.
Curriculum Committee
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Approved
10/22/2019