Specialty Honors Tracks

Specialty Honors Track, for third- and fourth-year students are offered based on student interest level and program availability each academic year. These opportunities include the traditional core rotations plus, for example, possible opportunities as listed below.

Family Medicine: Family medicine, radiology, sports medicine or other primary care rotations

Emergency Medicine: Toxicology, emergency medicine, pediatric emergency medicine, radiology, trauma or sports medicine

Orthopedics: Trauma surgery, general orthopedics or sports medicine

Obstetrics and Gynecology: High-risk obstetrics, gynecology/ oncology and adolescent health

Pediatrics: Pediatric emergency medicine, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), pediatric cardiology and pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)

Internal Medicine: Gastrointestinal, cardiology, hematology/oncology or infectious disease

Surgery: Trauma surgery, pediatric surgery or neurosurgery

Psychiatry: Underserved populations, child and adolescent psychiatry and addiction medicine 


Students are selected for Specialty Honors Tracks in their first semester of their second year based on GPA, an application and essay, and an interview with the Specialty Honors Track's Director. 

Students selected are placed into a specialized third-year curriculum track that focuses on the specialty chosen. Extra didactics, time off for conferences and a specialty advisor in their enrolled discipline are part of the track. 

Guidelines for applying:

  • GPA of 3.40
  • No previous course failures
  • Interest in specialty for which you are applying

Criteria for students to continue in an Honors Track:

  • A minimum score on COMLEX-USA Level 1 or 500
  • A passing score on all subject exams on the first attempt (OBGYN, IMED, FMED, PSYC, SURG, PEDS)
  • Attendance at all didactic sessions as assigned
  • Completion of all clerkships as assigned, both in and out of town