Non-Clinical Electives

​​Students taking courses in the Foundations curriculum may pursue electives that will enhance their personal medical education. Special electives throughout the University that are relevant to medical education but do not involve direct patient care are offered by the School of Medicine. All UW non-clinical electives run on the regular quarterly academic calendar, which means they may not correspond exactly with other courses in the School of Medicine. 

Intersessions are another optional opportunity for students to engage and enrich their education outside of existing blocks and Foundations of Clinical Medicine activities. Students will have time to explore areas of interest, participate with peers in unique offerings, practice procedures and clinical skills, and learn about scholarship. Intersessions have a variety of structures: didactic, small group, seminar, and lab.

Find more information, including course listings, about non-clinical electives and Intersessions.


  • Students must register through MyUW and pay tuition for these electives.
  • Students cannot take an elective that conflicts with required Foundation phase course hours.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact the Curriculum team.