Eighth Semester Program

Courses on Campus

The Eighth Semester Program allows students to return to formal studies on the Brown campus, enrolling in rigorous courses which have some relevance to their chosen professional careers. It represents the last realistic opportunity for medical students to enjoy a total intellectual commitment and to engage freely in uninterrupted scholarly activities, akin to that of a sabbatical leave.

For students participating in the Eighth Semester Program, a limit of three campus courses is recommended so as to leave some time for participation in clinical conferences (e.g. hospital grand rounds, special lectures). Campus courses are typically those offered by the departments of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences, Anthropology, Sociology, Religious Studies, and Urban Studies, as well as the physical sciences.

Note: This program is open to full-time medical students only.