Distinction Tracks

The Carver College of Medicine's Distinction Tracks offer students the opportunity to pursue scholarship outside of the medical curriculum.  The tracks represent ways for our students to explore interests beyond the basic science and clinical knowledge domains.

The Global Health Distinction Track supports and guides students in developing expertise in global health issues with the goal of subsequent career involvement in global health service, policy making, research, and/or teaching.

The Healthcare Delivery Science and Management Track exposes medical students to the innovations and integrations of healthcare delivery outside of direct medical care. Partnering with faculty from the Tippie College of Business, this track enriches the Carver College of Medicine’s core curriculum by offering students a program geared toward producing physician leaders of tomorrow. 

The Humanities Distinction Track encourages, supports, and recognizes medical students who pursue scholarship in ethics, writing, or the humanities. This track will promote students’ growth as professionals and also further the promotion of humanism in medicine.

The Research Distinction Track allows students to enrich their medical training by experiencing research in a meaningful and substantial way. Throughout medical school RDT candidates devote a minimum of 16 weeks to active research under the supervision of a faculty member and participate in other research related activities such as seminars, clubs, conferences, and meetings. Upon completion of these activities, RDT candidates are recognized with documentation within the student’s MSPE Letter and given special acknowledgement during the graduation ceremony.

Our goal for the Service Distinction Track is to encourage, support, and recognize medical students who work extensively with medically underserved, marginalized, and rural populations during their medical school careers.

The Teaching Distinction Track prepares Carver College of Medicine students to be effective educators, which happens to be an important part of their future work as residents and attending physicians. Our objectives for the Teaching Distinction Track are to encourage, equip and recognize medical students as effective educators. Preparing students for involvement in medical education and community outreach is designed to enrich their contribution and experiences in medicine.