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 Humanities and the Clinical Method Curriculum.

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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 and Humanities: 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 and Humanities: 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 and integrated into the clinical experience.
  • Medical Arts and Humanities: Via didactic instruction and integrated into the clinical experience.

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. 

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Interprofessional Education (Years 1 - 4):

UUSOM students are required to complete an Interprofessional Education course during each of their four years. The IPE curriculum consists of foundational courses and interprofessional simulations such as Telemedicine and Disaster Preparedness. Click here to learn more about the Interprofessional Education program.

To learn more about the MD program requirements, policies, and procedures see the student handbook:



For any further questions please contact:

Kerri Shaffer, MEd, MLIS
Director of Curriculum and Faculty Support