Summary of Requirements

  1. Approval from Dr. Weiss: using the Generalist Course Request Form.
  2. Registration for the course: using Rotation Request Form.
  3. Completion of modules and documentation of work.
  4. Submit documentation of work through online form.
  5. Course Structure Evaluation through new innovations.


The generalist track is designed to expose students to special populations and special topics that are critical in health care, important on board examinations, and often have a longitudinal component throughout all core rotations. For example, reading x-rays is a skill needed on surgery, family medicine, emergency medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics etc.

The generalist track is a good choice for students who are overwhelmed by the opportunity Clinical Distinction offers, have run into challenges developing a specialty track project or finding a clerkship site or have extenuating life circumstances. It is most often used when plans fall through, students can’t find a sponsor, or registration has not happened on time.

While the learning opportunity is a good one, the generalist track is the least popular track because:

  • It is not featured in the MSPE
  • It does not allow for creative exploration of interests, weaknesses or strengths
  • It does not provide clinical practice

There are so many ways to design a specialty track that can accommodate many of these issues, including last minute change of plans, that I strongly recommend, before you sign up for a generalist track, you contact with your CD adviser to discuss other options.



Selecting the Basic Generalist track requires completing 16 modules and documenting proof of completion.  Dr. Weiss, is the faculty sponsor for all generalist tracks. The modules are generally online learning, similar to and including Aquifer cases. Cases done as part of Core course requirements will not count towards Generalist Track requirements and vice versa. Students who are interested in this course need to contact Dr. Weiss early to make sure they are taking care of the paperwork as they complete the course. This is done through an online form.

To be approved for a Generalist Track a student must:

  • Have completed, or have a plan to complete, a specialty track in their alternate CD block.
  • Complete the online form requesting approval.


To complete the Basic Generalist Track students must choose a minimum of three modules from each of the following subject areas:

  1. Nutrition
  2. Geriatrics
    • Select Aquifer cases on Geriatric demographic
    • other geriatric online learning coming soon
  3. Women’s Health
  4. Radiology
  5. Osteopathy
    • COAR Sessions
    • extra OMM webinars
    • APGO Learning Modules number 59 and 60
    • or other per Dr. Pierce-Talsma
  6. Diabesity
  7. Pediatrics
  8. Emergency medicine

Making the Most of your study time: Combined Generalist modules in a Specialty Track

The generalist track is usually an option chosen out of necessity. however, if you are intrigued by a course of study which is broad based and allows independent self directed learning, you could use these modules as the basis of a specialty track. To do so would require that you follow the instructions for completing a specialty track.

To Do list

  • As with all other tracks the first steps to the Generalist Track is to get approval from your faculty sponsor and to register for the course on time. For the generalist track,, Dr. Weiss will be your Faculty sponsor.

                     1. Getting approval: Fill out the generalist course request form prior to completing the rotation request form to obtain approval. Do this prior to registering and use the pdf generated when you get approval as documentation of approval.

                     2. Registering for the course: The rotation request form is due 60 days prior to the start date of your course.

  •  Once you’ve gotten approval to do this track, and registered for the course, you simply complete the modules.

 3. Do the Work: It’s a good idea to make a word document, of each module completed, by pasting the certificates of completion, final quizzes or answers to questions asked.

  • You’ll be submitting a pdf with proof of completion of 16 or more modules on the last day, so this will make that task easy!

4. Document Completion: At the end of the course you must provide documentation of the work you did by filling out the second portion of the online form and attaching a pdf that shows the work you did. You’ll get this second portion in your email. HANG ON TO IT!

  • The online form will be sent to Dr. Weiss who will determine if you passed the course and submit your grade.

 5. Course Structure Evaluation: at the end of the course you’ll be prompted by NI to fill out an evaluation of Clinical Distinction. This is different than your self evaluation or completion paperwork, and speaks to the opportunity, tools provided, and structure of the course. It’s due on the last day of the course.