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Electives Brochure Moving to VSAS

For the academic year beginning June/July 2018 and beyond, the UT Austin Dell Medical School Electives Brochure will be available in the Visiting Student Application Service, or VSAS (with release of the course catalog on April 1). The electives will be available to fourth-year students from LCME and AOA accredited schools.

GME Electives

Electives are available to fourth-year visiting students from LCME and AOA accredited schools. All rotations are held at University Medical Center Brackenridge or Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas unless otherwise noted. All rotations are four weeks in duration.

Apply now using the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) >

Dermatology

  • DERU 4053 – Clinical Dermatology
  • PEDU 4064 - Pediatric Dermatology

Emergency Medicine

The University Medical Center at Brackenridge Emergency Department, the only major care emergency department in Central Texas, serves as the home base of our very active Emergency Medicine rotation. The student will be scheduled to work an approximately 60-hour week supervised by a full-time ED physician. The amount of involvement will depend upon the level of ability demonstrated by each student. The opportunity exists for the student to be an active participant in the assessment, planning of management and the treatment of trauma, acute medical emergencies and minor medical/surgical drop-in patients. The student will learn techniques of suturing, cast and splint application, x-ray diagnosis and clinical lab assessment.

Note: This elective is specifically reserved for students who will be pursuing a residency in Emergency Medicine, Family Practice, Internal Medicine or Pediatrics.

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Elective - at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin

Family Medicine

The goals for this elective are for the student to develop an understanding and appreciation for the specialty of Family Practice. The student will spend time at the Blackstock Family Health Center and rounding on patients admitted to the inpatient service. The student will develop an appreciation for the interaction of medical, socioeconomic and psychological factors in the practice of family medicine and a greater understanding of the doctor-patient relationship.

Acting Internship in Inpatient Family Medicine in Austin

Internal Medicine

AMEP Internal Medicine program offers a variety of electives for 4th year medical students aspiring to be internists. Students can do electives as an “acting intern” in inpatient ward rotations, Hematology/ Oncology, Neurology, Infectious Disease, GI, Endocrine, ICU, Renal and Pulmonary. Students from all over the United States have consistently rated their experiences here as highly valuable in terms of their clinical experience as well as in choosing their medical residency. We invite you to come and experience this for yourself. Don’t miss the opportunity!

4th Year Electives

Acting Internship: Inpatient Internal Medicine

The student will participate in the diagnosis and care of patients admitted to an acute care medical inpatient teaching service in a busy community hospital. He/she will serve in the capacity of a junior intern on a team consisting of an upper level resident, at least one intern, and an attending physician. Responsibilities will include clinical work from 6:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. weekdays, rounds on weekends, and every fourth night call. The student will be attending rounds, noon teaching conferences, and Grand Rounds.

Acting Internship: Inpatient Internal Medicine at a Community Hospital in Austin

Internal Medicine ICU Elective

This elective is for students who have completed a previous medicine elective and would like experience in the ICU. Supervised by the ICU resident and attendings, the student will have the opportunity to participate in procedures and twice daily ICU rounds. Call will be every third or fourth night with a resident on the team.

Internal Medicine ICU Acting Internship at Austin

Gastroenterology Elective

Students will evaluate patients for gastroenterology consults. Residents will supervise them and the cases will be seen and discussed by gastroenterology faculty. Students will see no more than 1 or 2 consults on any given day so that they have time to read about their patient(s). Students will also observe diagnostic endoscopic procedures. Students will see patients in Gastroenterology Clinics with each case presented to and discussed with faculty.

Clinical Gastroenterology in Austin

Hematology / Oncology Elective

Students will make daily hospital rounds and will attend one or more clinics per week with a resident and members of the faculty. Students will receive instruction in the reading and interpretation of peripheral blood and bone marrow smears. Students will also be expected to give 5 to 15 minute reports on assigned topics several times during the elective.

Clinical Hematology/Oncology in Austin

Endocrinology Elective

During this elective, students will evaluate patients with diverse endocrine problems in a variety of clinical settings including the acute care hospital, a private outpatient clinic, an academic endocrinology specialty clinic, and a mobile diabetes clinic that travels to various community clinics. Students will see patients and present them to the endocrine faculty. Students will also read and review endocrine literature and present at Endocrine Journal Club.

This course is not available at this time.

Neurology Elective

Students will evaluate patients for inpatient neurology consults. Residents or an attending will supervise them, and the cases will be seen and discussed with neurology faculty. Independent reading is strongly encouraged on this rotation in addition to formal teaching.

Ambulatory Clinical Neurology in Austin

Cardiology and Infectious Disease

Cardiology and Infectious Disease rotations are also available on a case-by-case basis.

Cardiology Consultation in Austin
Infectious Diseases-General ID Consultation in Austin

OB/GYN

Rotations on the OB/GYN service at University Medical Center Brackenridge are available for fourth year medical students. All students must have completed their core OB/GYN rotation. The student will be a member of a team consisting of first-year and senior residents and a faculty member. The student will be required to attend Morning Report and all clinical duties as assigned. They will also be able to participate in resident lectures. Experience in inpatient and outpatient obstetrics and gynecology, emergency room and operative procedures are available.

Ob/Gyn Acting Internship at St. David's Hospital in Austin

Orthopedic Surgery

Elective Type:  Clinical

Course Number: ORSU-4052      

Duration/Weeks: 4

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Year 2 

Additional Requirements: Successful completion of surgical clerkship. A C-form must be submitted to Judy Terlik at JETerlik@seton.org for approval.

Goals

To gain a broad exposure to different clinical disciplines within orthopedic surgery. Students will improve their clinical skills in orthopedics and begin to build a foundation of clinical knowledge for musculoskeletal care.

Objectives

 To learn how to perform a comprehensive examination of musculoskeletal injuries and conditions; to learn when and how to initiate front line treatment for conditions including stabilization of injured extremities via splinting, obtaining advanced imaging studies, performing injections and closed reductions, and learning basic operative skills including suturing, and basic fixation.

Description of course activities

 Students will rotate on 4 different sub-specialty services for 1 week at a time. Students will attend and participate in weekly didactic conferences held Thursday mornings from 7-12. On average, students will spend 2 days in clinics and 2.5 days in the operating room. Students will also be expected to attend any grand rounds or journal club events that take place outside of the Thursday morning didactics.

Pediatrics

Inpatient Pediatrics

The student will function as sub-intern on one of the inpatient teams. Objectives include development of skills in pediatric history and physical diagnosis, exposure to common pediatric conditions requiring hospitalization and development of appreciation of the psychosocial issues that influence the delivery of health care to children and adolescents. The student will attend morning report, attending rounds, teaching conferences and Grand Rounds. Night call is every fourth night.

Acting Internship in Pediatrics-Inpatient-Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin

Subspecialty Pediatrics

Rotations in many pediatric subspecialties from surgical (ENT, Orthopedics, Ophthalmology) to cardiology, endocrinology, neurology, infectious disease, nephrology, hematology-oncology and gastroenterology are available by request. Time is spent mainly in outpatient clinics learning about outpatient management of pediatric subspecialty problems.

  • Pediatrics Infectious Diseases at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin
  • Pediatric Pulmonary Elective at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin
  • Acting Internship—Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery in Austin
  • Pediatrics Hematology/Oncology at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin
  • Pediatric Neurology at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin
  • Pediatric Rheumatology in Austin
  • Pediatric Surgery in Austin
  • Acting Internship in Pediatric Neurosurgery in Austin
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine Elective - at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin
  • PEDU 4064 - Pediatric Dermatology

NICU or PICU

The student will be involved with either the neonatal intensive care unit or the pediatric intensive care unit, under direct faculty supervision. Students on NICU rotation will participate in delivery room resuscitations, normal newborn and critically ill neonates and premature newborns. PICU students will participate in diagnosis and management of critically ill children and spend time in the OR suite. Night call will be every fourth night.

  • Acting Internship in Pediatrics-Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin
  • A/I in Pediatrics- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Austin (Dell Children’s Medical Center)
  • A/I in Pediatrics- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Austin (University Medical Center at Brackenridge)

Pediatric Emergency Medicine

This is a very active rotation. The Children's Emergency Center has approximately 23,000 visits per year. This is the only children's emergency department available in Central Texas. The student will work approximately 50 hours per week with a full-time attending physician staffing the patients with them. To the extent of the student's demonstrated ability, they will be an active participant in the assessment, planning of management, and the treatment of trauma, acute medical emergencies, and minor medical/surgical, drop-in patients. The student will learn techniques of suturing, cast and splint application, x-ray diagnosis and clinical lab assessment.

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Elective at Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas in Austin

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

The Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation offers both 3rd and 4th year medical student rotations. Unless a preference is specific, medical students rotate through several environments. The goal of the rotations is to expose medical students to as many areas of PM&R as possible. Student can rotate through the following environments:

  • Inpatient Consultation at University Medical Center Brackenridge and Seton Medical Center Austin
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation at Central Texas Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Outpatient Pain Management at Seton Northwest Plaza
  • Outpatient Electrodiagnostics at University Medical Center Brackenridge
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas
  • Senior students may choose to stay on one service if they have previous experience with PM&R. 

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in Austin

Psychiatry

The Psychiatry Department consists of a consultation/liaison unit. There are approximately 40-60 inpatient consultations per month with particular emphasis on suicide assessment, psychosomatic medicine and substance abuse issues. Opportunities to see patients in the emergency room as well as in the outpatients clinics exist. Direct supervision on biological issues as well as psychotherapeutic issues occurs on a daily basis. Rounds with the entire team are Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. with formal teaching rounds on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. The team usually consists of a Psychiatry resident, Family Practice resident, and Internal Medicine resident. "Home pager call" is rotated among these residents.

  • Consult/Liaison Service at Brackenridge
  • Acting Internship at Brackenridge
  • Inpatient elective at Shoal Creek
  • Child Psychiatry at DCMC

Surgery

The purpose of this elective is to provide experience in preoperative, operative and postoperative care for patients in all areas that constitute the principal components of General Surgery. This includes comprehensive management of trauma and emergency operations and surgical critical care. Student involvement includes participation in trauma "on-call" with a surgery resident, daily rounds and weekly clinics. Students are also expected to attend daily rounds and weekly conferences.