In addition to the regular four-year program that leads to the MD degree, students are permitted to spend one additional year in an academic program in a medical or medically related field. In exceptional circumstances, a further additional year may be permitted. The student may receive a stipend but may not be considered an employee of the university. The program must be arranged with an academic adviser, and it is subject to the approval of the Associate Dean for Medical Student Research. Students enrolled in the five-year program must maintain insurance coverage through Student Health. Students interested in this program can contact the Office of Medical Student Research and Scholarship.