Recommended Electives

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    • Specialty

      Recommended Electives
      Recommended Electives
      Outside this Specialty
      AnesthesiologyOR Rotations

      None
      DermatologyNoneBroad background: Medical subspecialties, e.g., infectious diseases, rheumatology; plastic surgery; pathology; peds subspecialties

      Emergency Medicine
      NoneIntensive care, Anesthesiology, Trauma, Radiology

      Family Medicine
      Family medicine sub-IAny other electives that help students build skills they will need for a FM residency (medicine sub-specialty electives, outpatient peds, outpatient ortho, Peds ER, radiology, dermatology, and cardiology for example)

      MedicineSub I, primary care elective for those interested in outpatient GIM, and Pulmonary (learn to read chest x-rays).

      Dermatology, Outpatient Orthopedics.
      Neurological Surgery
      None Ophthalmology, Ortho, Vascular Surgery, and Cardiology

      NeurologyUW offers EEG and pediatric neurology electives.Ophthalmology, Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology, Rehabilitation Medicine

      OB/GYNOne 4th year elective at UW: GYN Oncology, high risk OB/GYN subspecialties, and Consider 1 away elective in OB/GYN

      ID, Critical Care, Radiology, Dermatology, Pulmonary, Female Urology
      OphthalmologyOphthalmology 681 (Harborview / UW Eye Institute) - would recommend this as a 4-week elective, if possible. Ophthalmology 685 (VA Puget Sound) Experiences in Emergency Medicine, Radiology, Otolaryngology, Endocrinology, and Rheumatology are sometimes helpful to ophthalmology residents, but are not necessary.

      OrthopaedicsTrauma, General Surgery, ER, Medicine, Radiology, Rehabilitation Medicine, (Spinal Cord Injury and General PM&R with amputation) Neurology

      Primary Care, Family Medicine, Anesthesiology, Cardiology / ICU care, Neurological Surgery
      Otolaryngology/H&NSWe do not have a formal list. Student Advising is done on an individual basis. In general, we would advise Thoracic, Neurosurgery, Radiology, GI Medicine, Radiation Therapy/Oncology, and ICU Medicine.

      Thoracic, Neurosurgery, Radiology, GI Medicine, Radiation Therapy/Oncology, ICU Medicine.
      PathologyPathology clerkship Med Onc; Radiology; maybe medical examiners rotation.

      Pediatrics & Med/Peds
      For Letters of recommendation early in the year: Advanced Pediatrics (sub I);Neonatal Pediatrics Clerkship; Pediatric Emergency Medicine; Pediatric Infectious Disease; Pediatric Pulmonology; Pediatric Nephrology. All other electives are excellent preparation for internship and fill gaps not seen in the 3rd year clerkship. Pick areas you are interested in--like adolescent medicine or endocrine, cardiology, genetics etc

      Pediatric Psychiatry, Orthopedics, Otolaryngology, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Radiology, Pediatric Surgery, and Electives courses in topics that are interesting to the student.
      Plastic Surgery
      Plastic Surgery Sub-I Surgery Sub-I, Orthopedics, Otolaryngology/HNS

      Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
      Sub I in Medicine (If interested in adult psych) Sub I in Pediatrics (if interested in child psych)
      One or more of the following:
      Consult/Liaison Psychiatry
      Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
      Addiction Psychiatry
      Emergency Psychiatry
      Geriatric Psychiatry
      Outpatient Psychiatry


      Dermatology, Endocrinology, Neuroradiology
      Radiation Oncology
      Radiation Oncology Oncology, Radiology, Surgical Oncology, Pathology

      Radiology General clerkship, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, and radiology research.

      None
      Rehabilitation Medicine
      We create a rehab-specific elective on a case-by-case basis. Focus is usually on musculoskeletal.

      Neurosurgery, orthopedics, anesthesiology/pain
      Surgery
      SICU clerkship; general surgery sub-internship


      Gastroenterology, cardiology, radiology, anesthesiology, pulmonology, medicine sub-internship

      Urology
      Recommend taking UW urology rotation since it is often not a required medical student rotation and will enable students to meet UW urology faculty for letters of recommendation.

      We do not have a formal list. Student advising is done on an individual basis.