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Curriculum Overview


The first two years of medical school are designated as the Pre-Clerkshipcurriculum. The Year 1 program is primarily devoted to understanding normal structure and function. This will involve acquiring basic information, but, more importantly, it will also involve understanding concepts and relationships. The lecture is one important method we have to help you learn. It is used to define part of what you are expected to know. It should be supplemented and reinforced by reading your assigned text readings, lecture notes, conferring with faculty and fellow students, participating in the laboratories, computer assisted and problem solving sessions, and use of the web-based resources.

The Year 2 program is primarily devoted to understanding the effect of disease processes on organ structure and function and the actions of drugs. In the course of achieving this objective the curriculum is designed to help the student prepare for their role as a problem solver. This will involve acquiring basic information, but, more importantly, it will also involve understanding concepts and relationships.

A clinical medical course, called Population, Patient, Physician, runs through both years, integrating many curricular topicssuch as: Introduction to the Patient, Evidence-Based Medicine, Medical Ethics, Human Sexuality, Preventive Medicine, Cultural Competence, Public Health Interviewing and Physical Diagnosis into a sequence of case-based teaching modules taught in small groups.

Year 1 – Curriculum
Histology & Embryology
Gross Anatomy
Population, Patient, Physician (P3)
First Patient Capstone Course
Clinical Nutrition

Pathphys- Connective Tissue

Year 2 – Curriculum
Microbiology/Infectious Disease & Immunology
Clinical Medicine2 / Physical Diagnosis
Medical Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Translational Medicine II
Pathphys- Cardio
Pathphys- Respiratory
Pathphys- Hematology
Pathphys– Urinary Tract/ Renal
Pathphys – GI
Pathphys- Neuro
Pathphys- Derm
Pathphys- Endocrine

Clinical Science Curriculum

The third year of medical school includes 11 or 12 months of study, encompassing 8 required clerkships. The Primary Care block includes: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, and Continuity Clinic Clerkship. The Non-Primary Care block includes: General Surgery, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Psychiatry, and Neurology. The Continuity Clinic Clerkship (CCC) is a longitudinal, six-month experience with a consistent half-day assignment to a primary care office; CCC can only be done during the Primary Care block of clerkships unless special permission is given by the School of Medicine. The third year elective month can be deferred into the fourth year, allowing a month of vacation during the third year.

In the fourth year of medical school, students are required to complete at least 8 months of study, assuming that an elective was done in your third year. There are 3 required clerkships of one month duration each: Inpatient Medicine (your Sub-internship, in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, or Surgery), and Emergency Medicine. The other 6 months include elective courses, with the requirement that you plan a balanced program of study to complete your medical school education. If you deferred your third year elective into the fourth year to take a month of vacation in the third year, you must complete 7 elective months (9 months in total) in your fourth year.

Year 3 – Curriculum
CCC (1/2 day per week for 6 months)
Family Medicine (Elective 4 weeks)
General Surgery (8 weeks)
Internal Medicine (8 weeks)
Neurology (4 weeks)
Obstetrics/Gynecology (8 weeks)
Pediatrics (8 weeks)
Psychiatry (4 weeks)

Schedule will vary based on group assignment.

Year 4 – Curriculum
Electives (6 x 4 weeks)
Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)
Sub-Internship (Medicine, Surgery, Family Medicine, Pediatrics) (4 weeks)

Schedule will vary based on group assignment.