First- and second-year students study foundational and clinical sciences in an organ-systems based, hybrid curriculum, the centerpiece of which is case-based, small group learning, supplemented by interactive large group sessions. Subject areas such as biochemistry, anatomy, genetics, physiology, neuroscience, microbiology, immunology, pathology, pharmacology, and psychiatry, are integrated and presented in the context of clinical problems to encourage a more logical sequence of learning and to highlight the clinical relevance of the foundational sciences. This helps students learn in a context that more directly applies to how they will care for patients.
The emphasis on an integrated approach to lifelong learning begins in the first year to help students learn the normal structure and function of the human body, as well as understand social and behavioral aspects of medicine. It continues in the second year, which emphasizes pathophysiology and clinical decision making. Throughout both foundational science years, clinical components include Art of Doctoring, Community and Population Health, Clinical Skills and Methods, and Evidence Based Medicine and Practice, in addition to Ethics and Professionalism.
The third year consists of clinical rotations in the core disciplines of medicine, and the fourth year consists of electives and selectives. Required and elective third- and fourth-year clerkships are available in private practices, community clinics and hospitals. These two years involve the application of the knowledge acquired in the foundational science years to a clinical setting.
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