One of the cornerstones of the Integrated Scientific Curriculum (ISC) is the creation of six Academic Communities (ACs) at the UCSD School of Medicine. Each incoming student will be assigned to one of the ACs and maintain this affiliation over their entire medical school career.

As such, each AC would contain approximately 21 medical students from each class and a total of approximately 84 medical students. Each community also has a faculty director, in addition to faculty members who participate in each community to provide mentoring, counseling, and support.

The goals of the Academic Communities are to:

  • Optimize advising and
    mentoring of medical students
  • Optimize the teaching of
    clinical skills
  • Better integrate student along
    all four years of medical school