Q. Do I have to select the pre-determined elective module dates?
A. Yes. Module dates must be followed as published on our website.
Q. Is there a tuition fee for the elective?
A. No. Hospital for Special Surgery does not charge tuition for our electives. For International Electives, please visit Cornell University's International Programs page for Visiting International Students. Fees may apply.
Q. How may I increase my chances of being scheduled?
A. Your chances of being scheduled may increase if you include alternate choices for electives and module dates. This is especially true for the summer and fall module dates. In addition, submission of completed applications with all requested documentation significantly expedites the review and acceptance process.
Q. Which electives should I apply for?
A. When deciding on which elective to apply for, consider your personal interests and the career path you would like to take. Which previous clerkships have sparked your interest? Ask your medical school advisor or other faculty members for guidance.
Q. Can you hold my application for a later elective?
A. No. We cannot hold applications for students. Completed applications should be submitted no earlier than six months prior to the start of the elective.
Q. When will I know if I have been accepted?
A. Students who have applied prior to the start of the academic year will be notified in May of their acceptance. Once the academic year has begun, you will be notified approximately six to eight weeks after a completed application is received. No phone calls please; email inquiries only. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. May I contact the sponsor(s) of the elective(s) directly?
A. Applicants should not contact the sponsors directly. Sponsors are not aware of the availability of electives and are not equipped to answer detailed questions regarding application procedures. As a future physician, you also need to be mindful of time constraints placed on a practicing physician's busy schedule. All inquiries should be directed to the Academic Training Department. No phone calls please; email inquiries only. Our email address is email@example.com.
Q. What about cancellations?
A. Accepting an elective is a commitment and a reflection of your professionalism. While there may occasionally be circumstances out of your control, we strongly discourage cancellations. Although there are no penalties for cancellations, last minute cancellations result in a missed opportunity for a fellow medical student.
Q. What should I do if I cannot attend my scheduled elective?
A. You must notify the Academic Training Department immediately, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We will require a written letter from your school confirming your cancellation.
Q. Will my application be kept after my cancellation?
A. No. Applications are not kept after a student notifies us of his/her cancellation. If you are interested in another elective, you may submit a new application.