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University of Utah Curriculum

Strategically Transforming Medical Education

About our Curriculum

At the Spencer Fox Eccles School of Medicine, we go beyond traditional medical education to cultivate well-rounded physicians.  Our students possess exceptional clinical skills while embodying empathy, cultural humility, and a profound sense of social responsibility. Our innovative curriculum is thoughtfully designed to nurture professional identity formation, coaching, longitudinal relationships, and transformative learning experiences.

Professional Identity Formation

We believe that becoming an outstanding physician is not just about acquiring knowledge and honing technical skills. It's about discovering and embracing your unique professional identity. Our curriculum is designed to empower you to explore your passions, values, and beliefs. Helping to forge a strong sense of purpose in your medical career. By understanding your own motivations and aspirations, you'll be better equipped to provide personalized and empathetic care to your patients.

Medical Students

Coaching for Excellence

MD Students around patient

We are committed to supporting your growth throughout medical school. Our dedicated faculty members act as mentors and coaches, providing individualized guidance and constructive feedback to help you reach your full potential. You'll benefit from personalized coaching sessions that focus on enhancing your strengths, addressing challenges, and nurturing your personal growth as a compassionate healthcare professional.

Longitudinal Relationships and Learning

Building meaningful and lasting connections is at the heart of our curriculum. Throughout your journey at SFESOM, you'll participate in longitudinal learning experiences, forming strong bonds with your peers, faculty, and the community. These relationships go beyond the walls of the classroom, allowing you to engage in collaborative learning and gain new perspectives from your fellow students and mentors. These bonds will serve as a bedrock for lifelong learning and professional support.

Serving the Broader Community with Empathy and Cultural Humility

Healthcare is not confined to the four walls of a hospital. It extends to the broader community we serve. Our curriculum emphasizes the significance of cultural humility and empathy in providing patient-centered care. You'll have opportunities to engage with many communities, learning about their unique healthcare needs and gaining a deeper understanding of the social determinants of health. By fostering cultural competence and empathy, we prepare you to be an advocate for health and make a positive impact on the lives of your patients and their communities.


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For any further questions please contact:

Kerri Shaffer
Director of Curriculum and Faculty Support