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Electives are where you can let your interests shine at UCSD! During MS1 Fall Quarter, you will be introduced to the five different concentration paths available for you to focus on throughout your preclinical years. Once you choose your concentration, you will be able to choose relevant elective courses during each quarter of your MS1 and MS2 years. These concentrations will also house structured opportunities for practical experiences in the MS2 year and in the C.A.R.E. course. During your MS4 year, your concentration will come back into play as you embark on your capstone experience, presenting during Concentrations week in your MS4 year.


If you see yourself as a student who speaks up for justice, creating public and private policy, then the Equity and Advocacy Concentration is for you!

If you're more of a system developer and administrator, then look no further than the Building Systems Concentration!

If you see yourself as a frontline care provider, then you should explore the Compassion in Care Concentration!

If you are a scientist, inventor, and problem solver, then your home is in the Exploration and Innovation Concentration!

And last but certainly not least, if you see yourself as an educator, then perhaps the Teaching and Learning Concentration is where you belong!


Do you love to paint, draw, write, meditate? Want to be able to speak with patients at Free Clinic without the need for a translator? Or maybe you want to scrub into a groundbreaking kidney transplant procedures at the Jacobs Center. You get to do all of this and more with your electives at UCSD! To find out more about electives at UCSD, including international travel opportunities and our arts and humanities magazine/showcase, the Human Condition, please visit the links below:





Some notable electives from this year: 

  • Medical Improv: Playing Doctor 

  • Medical Spanish 

  • Understanding the Application of Meditation to Medicine  

  • Intersections of LGBTQ Health 

  • Health Frontiers in Tijuana 

  • Refugee Health

  • From Volume to Value: Empowering Students to Ensure a Future of Accessible Healthcare 

  • Representing the Human Body: Drawing as a Way of Seeing

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