Blocks – The 12 pre-clerkship organ systems based blocks (Years 1 and 2), along with four longitudinal courses, comprise the pre-clerkship curriculum. Each block is directed by a pair of accomplished educators: one a basic scientist and one a physician. This intentional pairing ensures that students receive current and critical instruction in the basic sciences, as well as relevant clinical application of the material in each block.

Capstones – Capstones clinical experience weeks, which occur immediately following each organ system block, provide students with innovative and clinically focused observational learning experiences in hospital, clinic and laboratory settings, augmenting and reinforcing learning obtained in the preceding basic science block.

Community Clinical Experience – The Community Clinical Experience course traverses the first two years of the college curriculum and is characterized by an ambulatory care preceptor hosting a student in his or her office one afternoon, approximately every other week.

Doctoring – The Doctoring course teaches students “doctoring skills,” including patient communication, taking patient histories and completing physical examinations. Students learn and practice new skills in a safe environment and receive immediate verbal feedback from both faculty and standardized patients.

Scholarly Project Year 1-4 – During the Scholarly Project course, which spans the entire four years of study, students learn about medical information literacy, life-long learning, teamwork, effective communication, research methods, evidence-based medicine approaches and ethics related to scholarly inquiry. Each of these topics will be explored in depth as the student completes an individual hypothesis-driven research project over the course of this four-year experience.

Longitudinal Curricular Themes – While each curricular unit targets specific and sometimes unique learning objectives and experiences, we have constructed a number of ways to provide seamless and cohesive content, bridging opportunities for students across the entire curriculum.

Years 1 and 2 Sample Curriculum