Selectives enrich the MMS curriculum by encouraging innovation and leadership while offering a tremendous variety of learning experiences. Selectives are a significant component of the MMS curriculum because they:
- allow students to develop important skills in professional interaction and management.
- encourage students to practice a self-directed approach towards their medical curriculum.
- promote personal responsibility for an enhanced learning experience.
- 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.
How Selectives work
Selectives are one of the unique qualities of the Mayo Medical School curriculum. They are dedicated one to two week blocks that enable students to experience the self-directed approach behind the design of the medical curriculum, emphasizing personal responsibility for the learning experience.
Activities are not restricted to Mayo Clinic in Rochester and may be embarked upon at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Mayo Clinic in Arizona, Mayo Health System, or other national and international medical centers. Selective blocks may be self proposed or selected off 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.