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The Curriculum

The LEARN curriculum at the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University provides the opportunity for extensive and integrated training in the basic medical sciences and clinical disciplines of medicine. There are three distinct phases in LEARN:

Phase I: Foundational Phase (18 months)
Phase I begins with Transition to Medical and Dental School (TMDS), an eight-day course designed to facilitate students’ transition to a medical professional in training. TMDS is followed by Biomedical Building Blocks (B3), a 24-week course comprised of four components – The Body, Molecular Foundations of Medicine, Pathogens and Host Defense, and Basic Mechanisms of Disease. B3 is followed by a sequence of five Integrated Pathophysiology systems-based courses spanning 36 weeks: Cardiovascular-Pulmonary-Renal, Mind-Brain-Behavior, Endocrine-Reproductive, Gastrointestinal-Nutrition, and Musculoskeletal-Rheum-Derm. Three longitudinal courses span Phase I: Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM), Themes in Medical Education, and Medicine in Contemporary Society. Students must also Pass the final ICM summative OSCE.

Phase II: Primary Clinical Phase (12 months)
Phase II begins with a two-week Transition to Clinical Care course followed by the Primary Clinical Clerkships. Clerkships are aligned in four 12-week blocks: Medicine and Primary Care; Pediatrics and Ob-Gyn; Surgery, Anesthesia and Emergency Medicine; and Psychiatry, Neurology and Radiology. Each 12-week block is capped by a one-week Translational Pillar, which integrates cutting edge basic science and translational medicine in the context of clinical care. Students must also Pass the end of Phase II summative Clinical Performance Exam.

USMLE Step 1 (10 weeks)
After completing Phase II and before beginning Phase III, students have up to 10 weeks of dedicated time to prepare for and take the USMLE Step 1 exam.

Phase III: Advanced Clinical Phase (16 months)
In Phase III, students complete a total of 40 weeks of credit. Among these 40 weeks are a 4-week sub-internship in medicine, pediatrics, surgery, emergency medicine, ob/gyn, or urology; an individualized 4-week Advanced Clinical Experience; a 4-week Transition to Residency course; a 4-week Selective; and 24 weeks of electives.

There is ample time in Phase III for students to prepare for and take the USMLE Step 2CK and Step 2CS, explore specialties of interest, participate in research, and interview with residency programs.

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