Senior Courses

Senior Courses

Due to the Global Pandemic, UNMC is following the guidelines and recommendations set forth by the Coalition for Physician Accountability.  We will review applications from Creighton University, University of South Dakota, University of North Dakota and Des Moines University students.   We will only consider applications for students that do not have a clinical learning opportunity in a given specialty at their institution or elsewhere.  If you are from one of these institutions and have questions before applying please contact us through

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For the graduating class of 2021: During Phase 3, students are required to take eight electives (four weeks in duration) and the Residency Preparation Course that occurs in April. The remaining month is unstructured. Specific details, including course options and guidelines, are available for download below.  We will present more information to students towards the end of Phase 2.

Students may use elective time to broaden their background in a particular specialty, pursue a research project or other scholarly endeavors, or explore career objectives in specialties covered in the required clerkships.  Electives may be completed in major and affiliated teaching hospitals in this city, in teaching hospitals in other medical centers in the nation or abroad, or in preceptorships with full-time or volunteer faculty members.  Other arrangements are subject to approval by the College of Medicine Curriculum Committee. 

Curriculum Enhancement Rotation (CER)

 This required four-week block is scheduled during June or July of Phase 3.  The goal of this one-month block is to explicitly address the specific curriculum outlined and reinforce the importance of tying basic sciences to clinical care through a combination of required components and elective opportunities titled Enrichment Experiences (EE). The rotation is taught utilizing lectures, small groups, and skills workshops.  The required portions of this rotation cover an assortment of high-yield topics including the care of special populations, discussions of diversity, equity and inclusion, evidenced-based medicine, health system sciences, foundational and translational science, palliative care, leadership, personal finance, interviewing, social media awareness, current topics in medicine (opioids & vaccinations), social determinants of health, neurology skills, ACLS, and protected time for USMLE preparation.  The EEs provide students the additional opportunity to explore topics that are of personal interest from three categories including clinical applications, wellness and research/health systems.

Residency Preparation Course

The Residency Preparatory Course (RPC) is a required course for all senior students and occurs in April. It is designed to provide practical knowledge/skills to better prepare students for the challenges of internship. There will be both activities for the entire class and those outlined by your specific Career Specialty Track director. Interactive didactic lectures, patient simulation, small group problem solving and skill labs will be used in this hands-on experience. The directors for this course are Dr. Abbey Fingeret and Dr. Jill Zabih. Because many of the RPC events are required, students may not take time off in April.

Electives in Omaha

Students doing an elective in Omaha should consult the roster of electives and the descriptions provided in this handbook.  The elective director may be consulted for specific information about the program.

Drop/Add Procedures

Once registration takes place (through the Office of Academic Records), the elective schedule becomes a computer record and the drop/add procedures must be followed to make changes.

After registration, a notice of TWO WEEKS is required to change elective selections.  Students should understand that elective directors must develop rotation schedules well in advance of the start of the clerkship/elective and, therefore, failing grades may be recorded for students who drop an elective selection less than two weeks from initiation.

Drop/Add occurs monthly and you will be informed of the dates available to work with department coordinators in making changes to the schedule. First check with the department for which an elective is to be added.  If space is available and approved, contact the department coordinator for the currently scheduled course in that time slot and request a drop.  Finally, place the add request in OASIS for final approval from the new course’s department coordinator.

You will only be allowed to change your schedule a total of three (3) times during the academic year.  Please plan accordingly.