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Program of Study

The purpose of the medical curriculum is to give students with high academic promise the opportunity to develop the knowledge, clinical skills, attitudes, and behaviors of excellent physicians. The fundamentals of medicine are taught by a distinguished faculty in a caring environment.

The curriculum in medicine consists of four academic sessions. During the two preclinical years, students learn the sciences basic to the study of medicine and participate in laboratory exercises, small-group discussion, computer-assisted learning, independent study, and patient simulation. Junior students must complete and pass Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) to be eligible for promotion to the fourth year.

The third year involves full-time clinical study as students rotate through the major clinical disciplines and selected electives. Students also participate in the team care of patients in the University Hospitals and Clinics, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and various community settings. Advanced Cardiac Life Support and the required technical skills must be completed in the third year. The student must demonstrate skills in specified technical procedures and complete the documentation by the end of the third year.

During the fourth year, students select from a variety of courses that fulfill core requirements, including ambulatory, critical care, inpatient, and procedural medicine. Additionally, there is significantly more time for elective coursework that can be tailored to a student’s individual interests and specialty plans. Students also completed the Transition to Residency course to ease the transition from undergraduate medical education to the residency environment. Senior students must successfully complete Step 2 CK and CS in order to be eligible for graduation.

Distribution of Instruction by Semester Hours (select a program to jump to a section)

Medical Year 1

Medical Year 2

Medical Year 3

Medical Year 4
Extramural Courses
Medical Year 1
CONJ 612Introduction to the Medical Profession I12
SOM 610Fundamentals of Biomedical Science16
SOM 611Introduction to Evidence Based Medicine2
SOM 612The Musculoskeletal and Integumentary Systems6
SOM 613The Cardiovascular System8
SOM 614The Hematologic, Lymphatic, and Immune System6
SOM 615The Renal and Genitourinary Systems6
Elective x 14
Medical Year 2
CONJ 622Introduction to the Medical Profession II14
MICRO 611Microbiology and Immunology12
PATH 621General and Systemic Pathology14
PHARM 620Introduction to Pharmacology and Therapeutics12
CONJ 628Medical Neuroscience and Behavior II8
Medical Year 3WeeksHours
EM 632Emergency Medicine Clerkship26
FM 631Family Medicine Preceptorship616
MED 631Medicine Clerkship820
CONJ 638Medical Neuroscience and Behavior III616
CONJ 671Introduction to the Medical Profession III (longitudinal)-6
OB-GYN 631Obstetrics and Gynecology616
PED 631Junior Pediatrics616
SURG 631Surgery820
CONJ 637M3 Boot Camp215
Elective x 2410
Medical Year 4
Critical Care Rotation412
Procedural Rotation412
Ambulatory Rotation412
M4 Boot Camp412
Elective 14 weeks total (2 week - 5 hrs and 4 week - 10 hrs)1435
Courses Fulfilling M4 Core Requirements 2023-2024
FM 656AFamily Medicine In-Patient Service
MED 651AGeneral Medicine Clerkship
PED 652APediatric Externship
Critical Care Rotation
MED 659AUMMC Pulmonary Diseases/Critical Care Medicine
NEUR 658ANeuroscience Critical Care
PED 653ANeonatal Medicine
PED 668APediatric ICU
SURG 654ASurgical ICU
Ambulatory Core
DERM 664ADermatology
DERM 667ARural Dermatology
FM 651AFamily Medicine Preceptorship
FM 652AFamily Medicine Clerkship
MED 652AAmbulatory Medicine
MED 673ARural Internal Medicine Practice
OB 659AClinic OB-GYN Ambulatory Care
PED 651APediatric Ambulatory Care
PED 665APediatric Emergency Medicine
PSYCH 659ABehavioral Health Specialty
SURG 666AOutpatient Surgery Clinic
SURG 670AOutpatient Wound Care
Procedural Rotation
ANES 651AClinical Anesthesiology
EM 680AEmergency Medicine
MED 655AGastroenterology
NS 655ANeurosurgery
OB-GYN 655Labor and Delivery
OB-GYN 656AOperative Gynecology
OB-GYN 658AGynecologic Oncology
OB-GYN 663AFundamentals of Gynecologic and Minimally Invasive Surgery
ORTHO 657AOrthopedic Surgery
OPHTH 660AOphthalmology II
OTO 661AOtolaryngology Surgical
PED 675APediatric Interventional Cardiology
PSYCH 658ASleep Disorders
RADIO 657AInterventional Radiology
SURG 652AGeneral Surgery
SURG 653ACardiothoracic Surgery
SURG 655APediatric Surgery
SURG 656AVascular
SURG 657ATrauma Surgery
SURG 658AUrology
SURG 660APlastic and Reconstructive Surgery
SURG 665ABreast Surgery
SURG 668ATransplant
Boot Camp
CONJ 670ATransition to Residency

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Extramural Courses 851, 852, and 853
Emergency MedicineOtolaryngology
Family MedicinePediatrics
Internal MedicinePsychiatry
NeurologyRadiation Oncology

Electives: Students are required to take at least 14 weeks of electives with at least 4 weeks at UMMC.

Note: These courses must also be verified and handled through VSLO. TO DO AN EXTRAMURAL YOU MUST COMPLETE THE VSLO PROCESS.

Students cannot take the same course twice. The courses listed above that are not taken to satisfy one of your core requirements can be taken as an elective.

Arrangements for extramural courses to be taken for credit shall be made in advance by the student with the appropriate department, the Office of Student Affairs, and the Office of Enrollment Management.

Students will be certified for graduation only after all requirements for graduation are completed. These requirements include passing the USMLE Step 2.

Medical students are not required to participate in any procedure or service for which they have religious objection. Students must attend all required educational sessions whether they have religious objection to the material discussed and are responsible for the educational content of the session. It is required that students communicate with the course or clerkship director at the beginning of the course or clerkship when they are aware that procedures to which they object may occur. In addition, students may not refuse to provide care to a patient based on religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, patient diagnosis, or any other patient personal characteristic.

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