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Preclinical Curriculum

The foundational 20-month preclinical curriculum emphasizes acquisition of formal knowledge and clinical skills in a systematic and incremental manner that emphasizes thematic relationships over rote memorization.

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Clinical Curriculum

The clinical phase of the curriculum includes core clerkships where students gain experience in a variety of settings.  In fourth year, there is ample opportunity to explore career interests and gain additional experience and confidence in clinical skills needed to transition to residency.

The Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree program is guided by the following competencies:


Medical students must be compassionate and empathetic in caring for patients, and must be trustworthy and truthful in their professional dealings. They must act with integrity, honesty, and respect for patients’ privacy and dignity.


Medical students must understand the scientific basis of medicine and be able to apply that understanding to the safe and effective practice of medicine. They must utilize self-assessment and self-knowledge to optimize their learning.


Medical students must acquire wide-ranging skills that will enable them to care for patients as a professional. They must demonstrate the ability and commitment to continuously improved medical knowledge and skills.