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Academic Opportunities

The School of Medicine offers multiple programs to support learner’s diverse interests and career development. 

Optional Enrichment Electives (OEE)

Optional Enrichment Electives are different from the required fourth year (AS) electives in that they may be taken during any year of enrollment, and that students may choose not to participate in any of them. Participation in these courses is mentioned in the MSPE and appears on the transcript by name of course, with two hash marks (##) in the grades column and the following notation on the transcript: "## Optional Enrichment Course. The student has elected this course in addition to the regular curriculum requirements."

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Senior Scholars Program

The Senior Scholars Program provides an opportunity for scholarly activities that serve not only as an introduction to the philosophy of research based on answering questions through hypothesis generation, information gathering, experimentation and critical interpretation, but as a tool for growth in an evidence-based health care environment. This program can be completed in addition to or in fulfillment of the Capstone Scholarly requirement. 

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Summer Research Program

The Summer Research program offers students the opportunity to explore basic clinical, traditional or advocacy research during an eight-week period in the summer after their first year. Approximately 25 students participate annually, working on mentored projects from various departments across the school. Students are required to prepare a professional poster that is presented at a fair in the fall of each year. 

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Summer Curriculum Development Program

The Summer Curriculum Development program offers students the opportunity to work with course leaders in developing new FOM1 & FOM2 curriculum during an eight-week period in the summer after their first year. Approximately four students participate annually. Students are required to prepare a professional poster that is presented at a fair in the fall of each year. 

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Summer Service-Learning Assistantship Program

Coordinated in conjunction with the Office of Undergraduate Medical Education and the MassAHEC Network, the Summer Service-Learning Assistantship Program offers rising second-year medical students the opportunity to work in a wide variety of community-based health, educational and human service organizations throughout the commonwealth during the summer months.

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International Medical Education Program

Medical students from the UMass Medical School have opportunities to benefit from global health experiences in settings outside the United States throughout their time of enrollment. Global health experiences include opportunities in clinical medicine, research, public health and community service, as well as cultural and language training. Specific opportunities include the Global Health Pathway, Global Health Immersion Experiences in the summer between the first and second year of medical school, Global Health Flexible Clinical Experiences in third year, and advanced studies electives in fourth year.

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