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Medical Student Education

Integrated Curriculum Overview

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The UCCOM curriculum emphasizes vertical and horizontal integration across all years by bringing patient care and clinical cases into the pre-clerkship years and revisiting important aspects of the foundational sciences in the formal clinical training of the clerkship and fourth years.  Longitudinal curricular threads include basic science concepts (embryology, gross anatomy, histology, pharmacology), application-based skills (radiology and imaging, patient safety and quality improvement) and co-curricular (careering counseling, lifestyle and wellness).

Prior to the start of medical school, as part of Physician and Society, students complete a common reading focusing on a major health crisis to begin developing their future identity as a clinician. During the first two weeks, medical students participate in a clinical care emersion experience through the First Responder course, the first component of the Health Care Emergency Management program, which prepares students to handle a patient crisis in a clinical and nonclinical setting.

As part of Learning Communities, where they meet in small groups with a Clinician-Facilitator, students practice applying the basic science principles to formulate a differential diagnosis. Students also begin working with standardized patients in our Simulation Center as part of the Clinical Skills course. By the middle of the first year begin the Longitudinal Primary Care Clerkship where they further hone the fundamentals of doctoring at a primary care clinical site. The third-year Intersessions prepare students for their clinical rotations and reinforce how basic science concepts inform the clinical evaluation and decision making of the physician.  Finally, the fourth year provides medical students with opportunities for greater patient care responsibility in preparation for their residency programs.