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"Selectives of self-directed learning"


"Selectives of self-directed learning"

Selectives enrich the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine curriculum by encouraging innovation and leadership while offering a tremendous variety of learning experiences.

As part of Year 1 and Year 2 curriculum, selectives are dedicated 1-2 week curriculum blocks that enable students to experience the self-directed approach behind the design of the medical curriculum, emphasizing personal responsibility for the learning experience.

Selectives are a significant component of our curriculum because they:

  • Allow students to develop important skills in professional interaction and management
  • Provide career or personal exploration whether it be working in underserved communities, decompressing, taking part in remedial activities, exploring research interests or attending research presentations
  • Support students in achieving higher level learning objectives through reflection and enhancement of clinical skills or experiences related to medical education that are not provided in the medical curriculum

Activities are not restricted to Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, and may be embarked upon at Mayo Clinic's campus in Florida, Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona, Mayo Clinic Health System, or other national and international medical centers.

Selective blocks may be self-proposed or selected from a list of available clinical experiences organized through Mayo Clinic. At the conclusion of each selective, feedback is expected from both the student and the mentor involved.