Enrichment Programs

There's more to a medical education at UT Southwestern Medical Center than the basic classroom work and the outstanding clinical training program. We also offer enrichment programs that will round out your knowledge of medicine – and enhance your life.

Learning Through Service

Community service activities allow students to solidify their clinical skills and help support their natural inclination to serve and provide compassionate care. Many students choose a community service elective, an international service elective, or use their free time to volunteer at community clinics or participate in community service activities, such as the weekly Monday Clinic, the annual United to Serve health fair, and more. Learn more about volunteer community service at UT Southwestern.

Non-Credit Electives

Our program of non-credit electives enables students to enrich their medical school experience with a range of courses applicable to medicine. You'll have opportunities to explore literature and medicine, health care economics, basic elements of research, and medical law, to name just a few topics.


Augmenting the curriculum are many opportunities for students to enhance their clinical skills while exploring various specialties.

During the summer following the first year, many students participate in clinical preceptorships in Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, or Family Medicine, or learn to care for children with diabetes at Camp Sweeney. The Community Medicine Fellowship Program introduces students to community-based participatory research addressing health care needs of the underserved.

Day with a Doc

The Day with a Doc Program is a great chance to shadow a UT Southwestern graduate now practicing in the community and learn more about a particular specialty and a typical day as a physician. UT Southwestern has many alumni who practice in the Dallas/Fort Worth area that have signed up to participate Day with a Doc. Access is restricted to UT Southwestern Medical School students.

Shadowing in the ER

Shadow a fellow in Parkland Memorial Hospital or Children’s Medical Center ER on Friday and Saturday nights. Students who have participated said they felt the doctors were energized by their presence and were instrumental in drawing clinical correlations to first-year material. Sign-Up Sheet

Community Action Research Track (CART)

CART is an innovative program that links the medical school to the community. Sponsored by the Department of Family and Community Medicine, CART prepares future physicians to be aware of social, psychological, economic, and cultural determinants of health by participating in comprehensive service-learning experiences.