Doctor of Medicine (MD) Program
The first two years of the College of Medicine – Phoenix MD program* are structured in integrated blocks that focus on organ-systems in addition to courses focusing on basic doctoring skills and early exposure to patients. The second two years consist of required clinical clerkships in key disciplines and significant time for elective work. Basic and clinical sciences are interwoven with themes: public health, prevention and population medicine, ethics, biomedical informatics and behavioral science. In addition, other topics are integrated across the curriculum, including cultural competency; aging; interprofessional education; and diagnostics.
The first two years of medical school are assessed and graded on a Pass or Fail system. Student anonymity with peers and faculty is a key part of the first two years. The third and fourth years are assessed and graded on an Honors, High Pass, Pass or Fail system. Learning resource specialists, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, and the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs have access to grades in order to identify students at risk of academic difficulty and will decide the best resources for these students to receive the necessary help.
*The UA College of Medicine – Phoenix MD program is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME). This is the U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting body for programs leading to an MD degree in the United States.