UNIV 330:
Medical Exploration and Observership

UNIV 330: Medical Exploration and Observership Frequently Asked Questions

What is UNIV 330? Is this a course I should take?

UNIV 330: Medical Exploration and Observership is designed for currently enrolled undergraduate students to gain exposure to the medical setting and develop professional skills, while earning course credit. The purpose is to allow you to explore careers in the health professions through exposure to medical shadowing and the healthcare industry.

What do I need to do to participate in UNIV 330?

All students interested in taking UNIV 330: Medical Exploration and Observership in Spring 2024 must complete two steps by 10:00 am CT on Friday, November 17, 2023, to be considered for the UNIV 330 roster:

1. Register for UNIV 003: Pre Registration for UNIV 330 in ESTHER. UNIV 003 is a placeholder course for UNIV 330; only register for UNIV 330 if you have been approved to take UNIV 330.
2. Complete the required course application

Given the high demand for the course and the minimal space available, students must complete both steps by the November 17 deadline during the Add/ Drop period to be considered for UNIV 330.

Completing both of these steps does not guarantee a spot in UNIV 330. Course instructors will review the course applications holistically and decide on the course roster. You will be given an update on the status of your course application by November 21st.

Where can I find the required UNIV 330 course application?

The required UNIV 330 course application will open at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 27, 2023, and can be found here: UNIV 330 Application.

When is UNIV 330?

UNIV 330 is comprised of two components: lectures and shadowing. Students who wish to register for the course must complete both components. Lectures will be shared virtually and will be self-paced. Shadowing will take place for a 3.5-hour time block once a week and will be offered in both mornings and afternoons, Mondays-Thursdays. If a student is not available for any of these shadowing time blocks, they will not be able to take the course. Shadowing will only take place in these designated timeslots. Timeslots will be assigned based on physician and student availability, only gathered after a student has been selected for the roster. Shadowing starts several weeks into the semester.

Can I participate in UNIV 330 if I have already applied to medical school?

You are ineligible for the course if you already applied to medical school this past summer for Fall 2024 admission.

I have a class conflict with UNIV 330, can I special register for the course?

We will not approve any special registrations due to time conflicts.

How many credit hours is UNIV 330?

Students will earn two credit hours with a letter grade.

For all additional questions, you may contact the instructors of UNIV 330 at hpa@rice.edu.


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