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Electives Subcommittee

The Electives Subcommittee is comprised of School of Medicine faculty, educational/administrative staff, and students. It was established by the Curriculum Committee to provide effective oversight of elective courses and to review new elective proposals. The Subcommittee ensures that electives are relevant to the overall curriculum and consistent with the School of Medicine’s Institutional Objectives and accreditation requirements.

Proposing a New Elective

Tulane School of Medicine is interested in supporting the development of electives that will enhance and enrich the medical student experience. To submit a proposal for a new elective, follow the steps below:  

  1. Complete the Elective Proposal Form in its entirety. Click the appropriate “Elective Template” link on the right side of this page.
  2. Submit the proposal via email to the Office of Medical Education (

Elective Review Process

  1. Upon receipt by the Office of Medical Education, the proposal will be:
    1. Forwarded to the Elective Subcommittee Chair and sent to the Elective Subcommittee for review
    2. If needed, the proposal will be returned for clarifications/revisions
  2. Once approved by the Elective Subcommittee, the elective proposal will be presented by the Subcommittee Chair to the Curriculum Committee for approval. If the Curriculum Committee requests clarifications/modifications, the proposal will be returned to the proposal submitter; the revised proposal will then be presented again to the Curriculum Committee at the next monthly meeting.
  3. You should anticipate a minimum of a one-month turnaround. Proposals should be submitted by the 15th of the month to ensure there is enough time for the Subcommittee to review prior to the next month’s Curriculum Committee meeting
  4.  Once approved by the Curriculum Committee, the Subcommittee Chair will notify:
    1. The faculty advisor/contact person of the proposed elective
    2. Kim Melerine in the Office of Admissions & Student Affairs.  Ms. Melerine will create the elective offering in Banner.
    3. The Office of Medical Education. The OME will add the elective to eMedley so viewable by students in the elective catalog.
  5. If the elective requires updates, submit all changes to those indicated below.
    1. The Office of Medical Education
    2. Ms. Kim Melerine in the Office of Student Affairs

Contact information:

Office of Medical Education

Kim Melerine
Office of Admissions and Student Affairs