Elective Catalog

UT Health San Antonio Long School of Medicine offers elective courses that have been designed to accommodate the diverse educational needs of our students and visiting students. Electives provide students an opportunity to further develop their medical knowledge, clinical skills and professional identity. The elective catalog is designed to enhance a student’s ability to effectively plan their elective experiences. Visiting students should first review the visiting student website for specific guidance.

To successfully complete the Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree program, Long SOM students must complete:

  • 20 weeks of Electives
  • 8 weeks of Selectives ( 4 weeks inpatient / 4 weeks ambulatory)
  • 4 weeks of Didactics (4 required courses and 3 elective courses) completed during Block 9
  • Pass USMLE Exams (Step 1, Step 2 CK, and Step 2 CS)

Download the MS4 Academic Planner to track completion of graduation requirements.

Using the Elective Course Catalog

Students can search for available electives based on any combination of specific filters such as Course Name, Subject area, Course Type, Schedule Block or Credit Hour. *Please note: Registration for courses is not completed through this tool. Students are required to log into the My Student Center to complete registration for a course. Use the following tips to get the most out of using the tool.

Elective planning tips:

  1. Review Specialty Fact Sheets and Elective Planning by Specialty guides for your chosen specialty, see below.
  2. Revisit career planning slides from class meetings posted in Canvas.
  3. Print or open a copy of the MS4 Schedule Planner to make notes.
  4. Read Elective Catalog Quick Start Guide prior to using the tool the first time.

Access Elective Catalog

Planning for an off-campus (“away”) rotation


  1. Review Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO) Application Guide.
  2. Review VSAS “Find Electives” site to search for available rotations. Site has capability to filter based on a variety of options.
  3. Review VSAS “Institution List” to learn about specific institutional requirements, such as eligibility requirements, fees & expense and important dates.
  4. Complete a Course Approval Form PRIOR to leaving for an away rotation. Retroactive credit will not be granted.

Specialty Match Facts

The Specialty Match Facts provide characteristics of applicants who successfully match in a given specialty. Data includes mean USMLE Step 1 and Step 2CK scores, and other elements based on the most recent NRMP Match results.

Elective Planning by Specialty

The Elective Planning by Specialty Guides provide a list of recommended elective courses for medical students with a career interest in a particular specialty. The intended users are faculty advisors and students in planning elective course options during the clinical years.

Please check back, as additional specialty guides are being developed!