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Medical Student Electives

We offer a variety of medical student educational opportunities at both our Columbia University and Weill Cornell medical campuses.

These include a one-month elective rotation and summer research externship. The elective provides students with a unique insight into the functional approach to patient care. Students will receive training on the physiatric evaluation and be exposed to fundamental concepts of the specialty of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation through a variety of inpatient and outpatient experiences in the Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine.

Teaching on service is a mixture of clinical care (in both inpatient and outpatient settings), lecture based and student-directed learning.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of didactic activities including our monthly physical exam workshops and sports medicine journal club.

Additionally, medical students enrolled at Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons can choose to do a one week selective or one month elective as part of their curriculum. 


Columbia University

Applications for 4th year MD medical school electives are accepted via their online application system. The link is

Contact person:
Brooke Rawson
Electives Coordinator
Website: Contact P&S Visiting
Course Director for the Columbia Presbyterian Campus is Dr. Christi Bevelaqua

Cornell University

Applications for 4th year MD medical school electives are accepted through VSAS (Visiting Student Application Service). The first step is to contact VSAS at or 202-478-9878. Links to the electives are located on the VSAS website. Found under Weill Cornell Medical College, follow link to institution website, click on elective catalog, select one of the following; View Course By Department: Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation or Sponsor: Michael O'Dell, MD or Location: New York Weill Cornell Medical Center. Select course # MED.122B.NY DO students will need to contact the university directly.

Contact person:
Office of Academic Affairs
Phone: 212-746-1050
Website: Weill Cornell Medical College Electives
Course Director for the Weill Cornell Campus is Dr. Jaclyn Bonder

Please feel free to call the residency program office at 212-305-8592 with any questions.