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. Students interested in careers in the health professions that desire shadowing exposure should consider registering for this course.
How many credit hours is UNIV 330?
This course will consist of both lecture components and observership blocks. Students will earn two credit hours with a letter grade.
When is UNIV 330?
The lecture component of UNIV 330 is Tuesdays/Thursdays from 9:25am – 10:40am. Starting the sixth week of the semester, students will begin their weekly, 3.5 hour observership in which they shadow a Houston Methodist Hospital physician. Details pertaining to the observership will be communicated after the start of the semester. If you have a time conflict with the lecture portion of UNIV 330, you will not be able to register for the course.
When is the last day to add UNIV 003?
This course is not a traditional registration, it requires an additional layer of verification and registration through Houston Methodist Hospital. Therefore, in order to allow adequate processing time, students will not be permitted to add the course after 10:00am CST on Tuesday, April 21st.
What is the structure of the observerships?
The observerships begin the sixth week of the semester and consist of two 4-week “Blocks
” during which students will shadow two separate physicians in separate specialties.
How are observership matches determined?
The observership matches are determined from the student provided information regarding their availability and specialty preferences, and physician specialty and availability. We aim to match each student with a physician in at least one of their desired specialties. Should you successfully complete all of the registration requirements, you will be asked to provide your availability. To have the highest chances of securing an observership in a specialty of your choice, you will need to be flexible and have multiple timeslot availabilities. We highly advise you take the shadowing timeslots into account when planning your course schedule.
What are the shadowing timeslots?
The timeslots are 3.5 hours, once per week during the following times:
Mondays: 7:00am – 10:30am, 8:30am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 4:30pm
Tuesdays: 1:00pm – 4:30pm
Wednesdays: 7:00am – 10:30am, 8:30am – 12:00pm, 1:00pm – 4:30pm
Thursdays: 1:00pm – 4:30pm
These timeslots are firm and will not be moved. If you have a conflict with these timeslots, you will not be able to register for the course.
How do I register for UNIV 330?
Students should register for UNIV 003 (Pre-Registration for UNIV 330) but this does not guarantee a seat in UNIV 330 (Medical Exploration and Observership).
Students need to complete the Fall 2020 UNIV 330 Course Application
. The course application will open on Friday, March 27th and close at 10:00am CST on Tuesday, April 21st. This step is required of all students who register for UNIV 003, and failure to do so by the deadline will result in a removal from consideration for UNIV 330.
Based on students' responses and physician availability, students will receive preliminary approval to take UNIV 330 course. Preliminary approval for the course will occur on a rolling basis from Monday, April 13 through Tuesday, April 21. Approved students will be notified via email and provided with directions on how to create an account and submit an application in Houston Methodist Hospital’s MERLIN system, and subsequently complete the required online MARS training. There are multiple deadlines throughout the registration process, and if you fail to meet one of them, your application will be deemed incomplete and you will be ineligible to register for UNIV 330.
If selected for enrollment in UNIV 330, you will be provided instructions on how to drop UNIV 003 and register for a specific section of UNIV 330, which will be determined from your assigned observership time.
If I took NSCI 399: Medical Professionalism and Observership in the past, can I enroll for UNIV 330?
If a student took a NSCI 399 in a previous semester, they will not be allowed to take UNIV 330.
Fall UNIV 330 Medical Exploration and Observership Timeline
UNIV 330 Course Application opens
Course registration opens
April 13 - April 21 at 10:00am
Preliminary approval for students who have both registered for UNIV 003 and completed the UNIV 330 Course Application
April 21 at 10:00am
UNIV 330 Course Application closes
No submissions after 10:00am will be allowed
April 22 at 10:00am
MERLIN Account creation deadline
June 3 at 10:00am
MERLIN Application submission due
June 10 at 10:00am
MARS online training modules due
For all additional questions, you may contact the instructors of UNIV 330 at firstname.lastname@example.org.