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Core Curriculum

Required core courses in the School of Medicine include preclerkship and clinical clerkship courses.

4-Year Curriculum Overview

C.O.A.S.T. Four-Year Curriculum Cycle Overview

Fall Winter Spring Summer
MS1 Block Courses
Foundations of Medicine, Cardiovascular 1, Pulmonary 1, Gastrointestinal 1
Block Courses
Renal 1, Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, Mind Brain and Behavior 1
Block Courses
Endocrinology, Reproductions, and Metabolism 1, Immunology, Hematology, Microbiology
Longitudinal Courses
Humanistic Anatomy, Practice of Medicine (POM), Equity in Systems Science (ESS), Compassionate Action and Real Engagement (CARE), Diagnostics
MS2 Block Courses
Principals of Clinical Oncology, Arthritis, Rehumatology, and Dermatologic Disorders, Gastrointestinal 2, Endocrine, Reproduction and Metabolism 2, Cardiovascular 2
Block Courses
Mind Brain and Behavior 2, Pulmonary 2, Renal 2
Block Courses
Multiple Organ System Disorders, Dedicated Step 1 Preparation

Core Clerkships and MS3 Electives

Longitudinal Courses
Humanistic Anatomy, Practice of Medicine (POM), Equity in Systems Science (ESS), Compassionate Action and Real Engagement (CARE), Diagnostics
MS3 Core Clerkship and MS3 Electives
Internal Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Psychiatry, Family Medicine + three elective experiences
Fourth Year Coursework
MS4 Fourth Year Coursework
Six clinical courses, two Capstone/Research electives, Principles to Practice and Residency Transition Course

Longitudinal Preclerkship Courses

Longitudinal courses extend across and run concurrently with other courses throughout Years 1 and 2.

  • Equity in Systems Science - Experience small group sessions, case studies, panel presentations, and interactive projects led by our faculty. Gain insights into healthcare delivery, interprofessional collaboration, and healthcare system enhancement.
  • Compassionate Action and Real Engagement (CARE) - Learn evidence-based empathy and compassion skills integrated with real-world medical observations and community service for a compassionate medical education.
  • Practice of Medicine - Acquire essential clinical knowledge and skills for delivering exceptional patient care with competence and compassion.
  • Diagnostics - Explore cardiac, pulmonary, and gastrointestinal system diagnostics through an integrated course covering histology, diagnostic radiology, and laboratory medicine.
  • Humanistic Anatomy (aka Compassionatomy) - Combine anatomy education with the practice of self and interpersonal compassion.
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Core Curriculum

The C.O.A.S.T. curriculum, implemented for the class entering in fall of 2023 is designed to prepare and educate physicians to excel in core competencies, navigate complex health care systems and provide specialty experiences to support your career goals. 

More about C.O.A.S.T. Curriculum (pdf)