Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
MD Education

Research Elective Credit

Students may obtain elective credit for both AOSC and non-AOSC research. Total elective credit for research (AOSC-related and non-AOSC) must not exceed 12 weeks.  Students may do up to one month of research in 2-week blocks (i.e., a total of two, non-contiguous two-week blocks is allowed. All other research electives must be taken in at least one-month blocks. Flex time can always be used to conduct research (including one week at a time). 

All requests for research electives must be approved by a student’s research mentor and submitted to AWOME for final approval before an elective can be scheduled. A separate form must be filled out for each non-contiguous research block. 

To schedule and receive credit for a research elective, fill out the Research Elective Request form and submit it to your research mentor for approval. The signed form should then be submitted to Stephanie A. Miller at least two weeks prior to starting the research block. Once your elective request is approved, the registrar will be informed and the research elective will be added to your schedule in OASIS in the block you requested.  

At the conclusion of the research elective block, please complete the Research Elective Evaluation form and have it signed by your mentor. Once it's been signed, it must be submitted to Stephanie A. Miller no later than two weeks after the completion of your research block. If approved, research elective credit will be granted and will appear on your transcript.