Foundations of Medicine (Phase I) lasts 18 months and integrates basic, clinical and health systems sciences into blocks that are organized by the organ systems of the human body. In each organ systems-based block students will learn about normal structure and function of an organ system followed by the pathologic and clinical manifestations present when those systems act abnormally, similar to how a physician approaches patients in clinical practice. Focus is also placed on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of specific diseases for both patients and populations. Collectively, this learning constitutes the foundation of the practice of medicine and lays the groundwork for subsequent phases.
Clinical Applications (Phase II) provides extensive clinical learning experiences in six of the core disciplines of medicine. In these clinical experiences, students begin to apply the lessons learned from the Foundations of Medicine phase and begin to formally care for patients in both the hospital and ambulatory clinic settings. Clinical rotations range from 6-12 weeks in length over the course of one year.
Career Preparation (Phase III) extends over 13 months and provides individualized training for each student in their career specialty choice with the goal of preparing students for success in residency training and beyond. After enrolling in a self-selected Specialty Track, students will work with faculty from that specialty to create individualized learning experiences based upon the students’ backgrounds, anticipated plans and other interests.