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Registration: What type of electives can I take at CUMC?

P&S students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of electives during their D&I phase. There are also options for global health electives, self-arranged preceptorships, as well as self-arranged research electives. 

  • Subinternship (Clinical): Often referred to as a "sub-I", the student will function as part of a team on a teaching service with responsibilities closely mirroring those of an intern. Students will have primary responsibility for patient care and may be required to take night calls. The most common subinternships are in Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Urology, Neurology, and Emergency Medicine. To register, use the lottery, or log into OASIS and use the add/drop features.
  • Consult (Clinical): The student will be under the direct supervision of house staff and attendings and will provide consultation to other in-hospital services. Students present cases and are responsible for follow-up of their patients. 
  • Preceptorship (Clinical): The student will work directly with one faculty member during the course of the elective, performing or observing all the duties of that faculty member.
  • Research (Nonclinical): Research electives are self-arranged opportunities for dedicated study on a topic agreed upon with a research supervisor. 

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