May 27, 2024  
2023-2024 University Catalog 
    
2023-2024 University Catalog

Doctor of Medicine


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Preclerkship Phase


Clerkship Phase


Third Year


The third year begins with the orientation called Clinical Resources and Skills for the Hospital (CRASH). Curriculum involves a year-long course (RMD 749) and 42 clinical weeks in the required core clerkships: internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, primary care, and surgery. If eligible, student may be able to take six weeks of non-credit elective courses during the third year. 

Note: Students must take the USMLE Step 1 as a pre-requisite for enrollment in the core clerkships. Any student who starts the third year prior to completing the USMLE Step 1 will instead be enrolled in the Step 1 Enhanced Preparation Course (RMD 600). If delayed in taking USMLE Step 1, a student may be allowed to complete one required core clerkship during the fourth year, if approved by COSEP. Students must pass USMLE Step 1 as a graduation requirement. See the COSEP Policies & Procedures for more information.

Fourth Year


The fourth year involves a year-long course (RMD 750), a required 4-week emergency medicine clerkship, a required 4-week senior sub-internship, a 4-week clinical bridge course (RMD 722), and a series of elective clerkships which ultimately comprise a minimum of 48 total weeks.

Note on Electives: Students are required to complete a minimum of 24 weeks of elective clerkships. Only electives taken during the student’s fourth year fulfill this requirement; electives taken in other years do not fulfill this requirement. The choice of electives is guided by student interest and the goal of creating an educationally balanced undergraduate experience. A maximum of 16 weeks of elective clerkships may be taken in a single subspecialty. Up to 12 weeks of elective clerkship may take place at another Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)-or Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)-accredited institution.

All students must take and pass the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge (CK) as a graduation requirement. See the COSEP Policies & Procedures for more information.

Specialty Curriculum Programs


Family Medicine Leadership Program (FMLP)


The Family Medicine Leadership Program, or FMLP, gives students the opportunity to engage in enhanced primary care clinical training and experiences throughout their four years of education. Students in the FMLP will participate in a curriculum specifically geared toward the tenets of a career in family medicine, emphasizing the impacts of family and community on health, the role of interdisciplinary care, and the development of skills in leadership and scholarly pursuit.

Typically, five students are be admitted to the program per cohort. Students register for the pass/fail course FAM 705 for every term in which they are enrolled in the FMLP. Students who desire to change paths during medical school may opt out of the FMLP.

Health Equity & Social Justice Leadership Program


The Health Equity & Social Justice Leadership Program gives students the opportunity to engage enhanced clinical training and experiences focused on themes of global and local health equity/social justice. Students in the program will participate in a curriculum specifically geared toward a career focused on vulnerable populations, health equity and global health.

The number of students admitted to the program varies each year, but typically approximately 20 students per cohort are admitted. Students register for the pass/fail course RMD 572 for every term in which they are enrolled in the program. Students who desire to change paths during medical school may opt out of the Health Equity & Social Justice Leadership Program.

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