The curriculum is designed to produce highly skilled physicians who are technically proficient, caring, compassionate and capable of adapting to the changing health care demands of the 21st century. Active learning approaches, critical thinking skills and information management techniques are all a part of our educational environment. Our curriculum builds upon the strengths of traditional learning methods and explores areas of study opened up by the explosion of biomedical knowledge and the transformation of America’s health care delivery system.
Medical students receive basic science instruction and the critical skills of communicating with, examining and diagnosing patients through all 4 years. Instruction integrates Medical Sciences, Medical Arts and Clinical Medicine.
Phase 1 (4 months):
Students develop a solid foundation in the sciences basic to medicine (e.g. anatomy, physiology, biochemistry and genetics). Additional introductory instruction will include elements of the doctor patient relationship and how to communicate as a health care professional.
- Clinical Medicine: Interviewing & physical examination skills.
- Medical Sciences: Establishes the foundation for Phase 2 with the sciences basic to medicine and an overview of body systems.
- Medical Arts: Confidentiality, professionalism, ethics, communication along with medical informatics and medical systems.
Phase 2 (18 months):
- Clinical Medicine: Students attend and see patients in primary care clinics as well as gain exposure to subspecialty practices.
- Medical Sciences: Seven specific sections, Molecules, Cells and Cancer; Host and Defense; Metabolism and Reproduction; Circulation/Respiration and Regulation; Brain and Behavior; Skin/Muscle/Bone and Joint; are combined with integrated, content-specific Medical Arts and Clinical Medicine.
- Medical Arts: Includes professionalism, medical informatics & economics, medical systems etc.
Phase 3 (12 months):
- Clinical Medicine: Is emphasized as students experience inpatient and tertiary care through Clerkships. Clerkships include: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Surgery and Neurology.
- Medical Sciences: Via didactic instruction.
- Medical Arts: Didactic instruction covers material such as issues of humanism, professionalism and ethics.
Phase 4 (12 months):
Students develop advanced skills through sub-internship, critical care, advanced internal medicine and elective courses. They prepare for entry into residency by selecting curriculum specific to their career specialty interests.
The 4-year Clinical Method Curriculum partners groups of students and core clinical faculty for the longitudinal development of clinical skills in a mentored learning community environment.
The program spans the curriculum and aims to foster and guide student professional development, promote career growth, nourish skill sets, and provide support.
A Scholarly Activity is a requirement of the curriculum and promotes the development of research skills. As part of the scholarly activity requirement, students develop and execute a research project culminating in a presentation or poster at the completion of the four year curriculum.
Service rests at the core of the medical profession. We aspire to train physicians committed to improving the health of the community and serving the public (AAMC, 1998). As such, the Service Learning Program is a fundamental part of the curriculum. Each student over the four years will participate in service learning activities as a requirement for graduation. The aim of the program is to enhance the curriculum by engaging students in learning experiences that develop their understanding of local and global communities.