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Key Guiding Principles and Areas of Focus

The curriculum is designed utilizing key focus areas that are aimed at developing the knowledge and skills needed to be a successful physician today and in the future landscape. Using active and experiential methods, you will have the opportunity to apply and practice these critical skills with guidance and mentorship of dedicated faculty.

Six guiding principles are incorporated into each phase of the curriculum:

  1. Integration
    • Of the Biomedical, Behavioral, Social and Health System sciences
  2. Grounding in context and community
    • Community and context drive health and wellbeing
    • All Phase 1 (pre-clerkship) content will be taught grounded in its clinical context and with direct clinical relevance
  3. Active application of knowledge
    • In-class time is for application, problem solving, and using information
  4. Lifelong learning
    • Critical in a field where the body of information is growing and changing every day
    • This includes having the skills to quickly find the best available information for any question or information need, being able to critique information resources, and the development of self-directed learning skills
  5. Competency-based Educational Program
    • Our graduates will demonstrate the competencies they need to thrive as interns on day 1 of residency.
    • Our longitudinal, integrated clinical skills curriculum will focus on the Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for entering residency
  6. Medicine is a team-sport
    • Inter-professional Education and Practice are central to the curriculum and team-based learning and activities reinforce these skills

Throughout the curriculum there will be no distinction between the basic science and clinical curricula. Rather, basic science content will be presented in its clinical context with clear medical relevance. You will learn within an integrated curriculum in a team-oriented, collaborative environment that mirrors the clinical world in which you will practice.

Our educational program utilizes competency-based, standardized learning outcomes, with an opportunity for you to individualize your fourth-year (Phase 3) experience based on your own professional and developmental needs and goals.