Curriculum Organization

The curriculum is separated into three phases with longitudinal Collaborative Learning Groups (CLGs) that span across all three phases (4 years). CLG leaders meet weekly for faculty development, curriculum integration, and coaching/mentoring of students. CLG leaders do not assign grades.

Phase 1: Foundations of Medical Practice
August through April: 68 weeks over 2 years

  • 2 week winter break and 1 week spring break (total 6 weeks)
  • 10 week break (MSRP/vacation)
  • 6 weeks USMLE Step 1/vacation

The Phase 1 curriculum is designed to allow students the flexibility to participate in optional research opportunities through the Discovery Pathways Program and the MSRP. Additional information regarding the programs and tracks can be found

Phase 2: Principles of Medical Practice
May through April: 48 weeks

Core Clerkships: Family Medicine and Geriatrics, Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics,
Psychiatry, Surgery

  • 2 week winter break
  • 2 week elective or vacation

Phase 3: Advanced Medical Practice
May through April: 40 weeks

Required Courses: Anesthesiology-Operative and Perioperative/Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Neurology, Sub-Internship, Internship 101
Electives or Advanced Clerkships/Experiences

  • 8 weeks USMLE Step 2/vacation
  • Graduation in May

Important topics (aka, threads) have been woven throughout all three phases of the curriculum. The threads include the following topics.

  • Ethics
  • Palliative Care
  • Patient Safety and Quality Improvement (PSQI)
  • Practice-based Learning and Improvement (PBLI)/EBM
  • Integrative Medicine