University of Nebraska Medical Center

Enhanced Medical Education

Enhanced Medical Education Tracks offer medical students an opportunity to perform an in-depth study of an interdisciplinary field of medicine that enhances the required curriculum without extending the time needed to graduate from medical school. Tracks consist of longitudinal activities in which students work closely with faculty mentors, residents, and advanced students. The tracks are challenging for students and address specific topics in greater depth than is available through the required curriculum. Although participants must maintain good academic standing, applicants are selected for the enhanced tracks based on their interest in the topic and their motivation to complete work above and beyond the primary MD curriculum.

Interested students apply to an enhanced track during the first semester of their M1 year. Accepted participants then complete the designated track activities, such as seminars, preceptorships, or research, throughout their M1, M2, and M3 years. During the M4 year, students produce a capstone project such as a poster or conference presentation with guidance from their mentors. Recognition for students who complete enhanced tracks includes documentation of performance in their MSPE, acknowledgment of completion on their transcript, and recognition at the 'hooding' ceremony.


Complete the online application. If you apply for multiple tracks, complete the application in order of preferred choice. The form will automatically close at 11:59 PM CST on Oct 9.

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EMET with MD Honor's Thesis Program

Interested students who have applied to an enhanced track in their M1 year as outlined above and have been accepted may decide at any time that they would also like to complete the honors thesis program. This is possible, but they will still have to meet all of the requirements of each program as outlined in the handbook.

If the student decides to perform the honor's thesis program with a different mentor or in a completely different area of research, there is no conflict with the enhanced track program. A statement to this effect should be included and documented in the research proposal submitted to the Research & Development Committee at UNMC for its review and approval, by January of the junior year.

However, if the student continues to work with the same mentor and/or on a similar research area, then the following must be addressed:

  1. The mentor and student must specify how the enhanced track project is different from the honor's thesis project as part of their research proposal, submitted by January of the junior year, for review and approval by the Research & Development Committee at UNMC. The committee is tasked with ensuring the originality and independence of this research project from the enhanced track project.
  2. Additional proof must be submitted to the committee for evaluation at the time of the submission of the honor's thesis in the form of an appendix of the enhanced track  project, detailing; background, hypotheses, methods, results, and discussion.

Capstone Projects by Senior EMET students

Concluding the student’s enhanced track program, seniors develop and present a capstone project of their choice that embodies the bulk of their work across the four years in the program. Students choose from among various mediums to present their body of work.

Examples of projects:

  • Poster for presentation at a conference
  • Creation of a medical or educational device
  • Artwork (paintings, jewelry, …)
  • Multi-media presentations (auditory, visual, tactile, etc.)

The students’ works are housed in the McGoogan Library DigitalCommons@UNMC site. You may search by author, topic, or discipline.

EMET Capstone Session

Every year on the day before MATCH day, we hold an EMET Capstone Project presentation in a poster session style. All COM faculty and other interested parties are invited to attend. After the session, the students can load their poster, images, or projects into the EMET digital commons site.