UNIV 330:
Medical Exploration and Observership

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.

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

UNIV 330: Medical Exploration and Observership Frequently Asked Questions

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 11:59 pm CT on Friday, April 12, 2024, to be considered for the UNIV 330 roster:

1. Register for UNIV 003: Pre-registration for UNIV 330 in ESTHER by 11:59 pm April 12th, 2024. UNIV 003 is a placeholder course for UNIV 330; only register for UNIV 330 if you have been approved to take UNIV 330. Students who register after the April 12 deadline will not be considered for UNIV 330.
2. Complete the required course application by 11:59 pm April 12th, 2024. Late applicants will not be considered.

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. Applicants will be given an update on the status of their course application by April 19th at the latest.

When is UNIV 330?

UNIV 330 is comprised of two components: lectures and shadowing. Students who participate in this 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, mornings or afternoons, Mondays-Thursdays, starting the sixth week of classes. 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 and will only be gathered after a student has been selected for the roster.

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

Students who have applied to medical school for Fall 2025 admission are ineligible and will not be considered for UNIV 330.

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.


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