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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 (third) 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 elements (career counseling, lifestyle, and wellness).
Prior to the start of medical school, students complete a common reading focusing on a major health crisis to begin developing their future identity as a clinical. During the first two weeks of beginning medical school, students participate in a clinical 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, which spans the first two years of the medical student curriculum, students meet in small groups with a Clinician-Facilitator and practice applying the basic science principles to formulate a differential diagnosis. Students also begin working with standardized patients in the Simulation Center as part of the Clinical Skills course. In January of their first year, students 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 and responsibility in preparation for their residency programs.
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