The Process

The Flexible MD process has three phases: Apply, Participate, and Return.


  1. Fill out the application completely, with signatures.
  2. Meet with the Financial Aid Office to learn about the financial aid and student service fee options available to you while on your experience.
  3. Submit application to address on form by the due date for the semester your experience begins.

Once a student submits their application, it is reviewed by the Flexible MD Oversight Committee. The committee will weigh the educational benefit of that particular student's experience and the goals they have set for it. The Flexible MD Oversight Committee meets three times a year to discuss applications received and will grant permission to students to participate and also make specific recommendations to approved students. Note: Applications have strict due dates.

Once a student is approved, the medical school's Office of Student Affairs will contact the student with specifics and in conjunction with the Curriculum department will then work with the student to prepare them for their experience, making sure the student meets any experience requirements and to ensure the student's individual medical school schedule is set-up.


Once a student is approved and is participating in their experience, they will be required to submit individual progress reports every three months. Prior to returning to the regular curriculum, students will be required to submit a re-entry plan.


Eight weeks prior to to returning to the regular curriculum all student are required to submit a re-entry plan. This re-entry plan helps to ensure the student is well prepared to return to the regular medical school curriculum and that they understand all the graduation requirements they still need to complete. Upon completion of the experience all students are required to submit a final report, due a few weeks after their return. The final reports allow participating students to summarize the experience they had and offer feedback to the Flexible MD program. These final reports are then displayed for interested students to use as they decide if the Flexible MD program and any related experience is right for them.

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