Curriculum Overview

The Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree requires a minimum of four years of study. The focus of the medical curriculum is to prepare students for supervised medical practice through clinical integration of material throughout all four years of study. Students in the pre-clerkship portion of the curriculum (approximately 18 months) do not take separate courses in the traditional basic science disciplines, such content is appropriately organized into integrated blocks of instruction. Students in the clerkship portion of the curriculum (approximately 30 months) rotate on clinical service in required clerkships and also have opportunities for rotations in elective clerkships and areas of interest.

Years One and Two

The focus of the medical curriculum is to prepare students for supervised medical practice through clinical integration of material throughout all four years of study. Students in the pre-clerkship portion focus on the fundamentals of biomedical science which consists of two components, Foundations and Organ Systems.

Years Three and Four

During the third and fourth years, students receive clinical training in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings associated with our main clinical teaching campuses. Third-year clerkships in IMED 800: Internal Medicine (12 weeks), SURG 800: Surgery (12 weeks), MPSY 800: Psychiatry (six weeks), MPED 800: Pediatrics (six weeks), OBGYN 800: Obstetrics/Gynecology (six weeks), MFCM 800: Family Medicine (six weeks) and MRAD 800: Radiology (one week) are required. Fourth-year clerkships in EMED 800: Emergency Medicine (four weeks), MEID 989-300: Critical Care Medicine (four weeks), an MEID 989-301: Acting Internship (four weeks), ADDT 800: Alcohol and Drug Dependence Treatment Program (two weeks) MEID 850: Becoming a Physician IV (two weeks). Fourth-year electives are offered on all COM campuses. Students may choose from pre-determined electives, design custom learning experiences, or participate in offerings at other medical colleges on a limited basis. Students are encouraged to review the recommended fourth year electives for career choices. For a full list of all M4 electives, review the fourth-year elective catalog.