Intention to Extend Pre-Clerkship Curriculum

The application for those wishing to extend their second year of their MD curriculum over two years is now open! The deadline for the application is Friday, June 10, 2022.

As you prepare to submit your application, please review the guidance for each category below:

  • Research and Scholarship: Students applying to pursue longitudinal research and scholarship must have a sound proposal that is most appropriate to complete in the two-year split schedule as opposed to taking a full year. In addition, you must have a research mentor identified and they will be required to submit a brief statement confirming your ability to carry out the scholarly work in this timeframe, and the benefit of pursuing this work part-time over two years as opposed to taking a full year of research. 
  • Dual Degree: Students wishing to pursue a dual degree should apply to this pathway preferably prior to submitting an application for the dual degree program. If you are applying after, please provide your acceptance letter as part of your application. Additionally, students will need to provide a sample schedule showing the course requirements for the dual degree and a schedule highlighting the feasibility of meeting the requirements without interfering with the required MD Program coursework, which must take priority, and without being an unreasonable burden. Absences from required SOM or POM sessions because of such coursework will not be allowed.
  • Academic and Personal Reasons: Students wishing to pursue this pathway for personal or academic meetings must first meet with their Academic Advising Dean and Educators-4-CARE faculty to develop an individualized plan that would best meet the needs of the student. If it is decided that the option to split would be best, the Advising Dean will submit an application to the selection committee on behalf of the medical student.

Regardless of reason, all medical students are required to meet with their Academic Advising Dean prior to submission of their application to discuss their plans. 

All applicants may be required to meet with the application selection committee in order to present their plans and answer any questions the committee may have.

If you would like additional guidance on your application please reach out to your Academic Advising Dean prior to the application deadline. For questions related to research and Berg Scholars please contact Dr. PJ Utz (, Associate Dean for Medical Student Research. For additional questions related to the application, scheduling, logistics, or identifying the appropriate contact, questions please contact Bahij Austin, Assistant Dean for Curricular Affairs.


For any questions about the application and process please contact Bahij Austin, Assistant Dean for Curricular Affairs.