To best prepare our graduates to be skilled and confident physicians, our curriculum focuses on what we call the three pillars of medicine. This curriculum offers more integration rather than individual courses and allows students to individualize their learning.
The first pillar establishes a strong foundation through 18 months of integrated basic science, in which students will learn anatomy, biochemistry, physiology, microbiology, pathology and pharmacology interwoven into organ-system blocks, such as cardiovascular and gastrointestinal.
Education research shows that students learn and retain basic science better when they can apply it to patient care early in their education. We blend that foundational teaching with regular patient care experiences and cases.
The second pillar focuses on acquiring clinical skills, integrating learning across specialties and focusing on experiential learning. Students work closely with experienced physicians during longitudinal integrated clerkships, where students spend a half-day per week on a different discipline, like pediatrics, surgery and neurology. Students may also take part in a rural track, which allows them to experience medicine in a smaller community.
The third pillar includes advanced medical knowledge. It give students an opportunity to delve more deeply into areas of interest through electives and expanded opportunities for research.
The longitudinal integrated clerkships allow students to complete all their clerkships simultaneously instead of instead of spending eight weeks in a block clerkship and then moving on the next.
Using this method, students will:
- Learn clinical and professional skills at a deeper level because they are applying concepts in in many settings at once
- Establish longer relationships with patients and are able to take part in a patient's care for the course of an illness or pregnancy
- Establish longer relationships with faculty and experience more meaningful mentoring
We designed a year-long clinical education experience that begins with short clerkship blocks primarily focusing on hospital care, followed by nine months of longitudinal integrated clerkships.
Whether you want to be a primary care physician or a specialist, our flexible curriculum means students are exposed to many different areas of medicine during their education.
If you're not yet sure what you want to do with your medical degree, our program gives you earlier opportunities to do unique electives in a wide variety of clinical and research areas to help you decide.