Graduation Requirements

Office of Medical Education

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The curriculum for the fourth year is comprised of a minimum of 36 weeks of scheduled elective experiences. Of those 36 weeks, four weeks will be used to complete the required Advanced Clinical Experience in Rural Healthcare rotation, unless the rural elective was completed in the third year.

Students are responsible for ensuring their schedule always contains 30+ clinical credits and a total of 36 credits (a combination of 30 clinical and 6 non-clinical). Any course dropped that takes the total below 36 credits, or below 30 clinical credits, must be accompanied by a course addition.

Of the remaining 32 elective weeks:

  • No more than 12 of 36 weeks may be taken in any one specialty. If more experience in a given specialty is desired, those weeks must be in addition to (over and above) the 36 weeks required for graduation.
  • No more than six of the required 36 weeks may be taken in non-clinical electives.  If more than 6 non-clinical credits are desired, those weeks must be in addition to (over and above) the 36 weeks required for graduation. A non-clinical elective is defined as an elective with minimal or no patient care, i.e. the basic science electives, independent study/research electives, etc. 
  • A maximum of 16 weeks may be taken at out-of-state locations.
  • As it is the goal of the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is to provide a diverse and well-rounded clinical experience throughout the medical education curriculum, fourth year elective schedules submitted for approval must be well balanced. Your career advisor is available to help achieve this goal. The career advisors and the Associate Dean for Medical Education reserve the right to deny approval of unbalanced or otherwise inappropriate schedules.

Graduation is dependent upon satisfactory completion of the 36 weeks of elective experience. One unit of credit is offered for each elective week taken. A student who is absent more than three days of any four-week elective, or one day of any two- week elective will be denied credit for that rotation.

Except in extenuating circumstances, such as personal or family emergencies and health problems, failure to provide the required two-week advance notice for an elective change will result in a professionalism report being completed and being placed in the student's record. A "no-show" to an elective will result in a grade of "Fail" for that elective as well as placement of a completed professionalism report in the student's record. Electives that result in a "Fail" will not be counted toward the required 36 electives needed for graduation.