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The Curriculum

The new 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 – the Foundational Phase – of 16 months; Phase II – the Primary Clinical Phase – of 12 months; and Phase III – the Advanced Clinical Phase – of 17 months. “Transition” courses occur at key transitional times in students’ medical training. Phase I begins with Transition to Medical School (TTMS), a one-week course that is designed to foster new medical students’ transition from a lay person to a medical professional in training. TTMS is followed by Biomedical Building Blocks, a 24-week course organized into four distinct components – The Body (anatomy); Molecular Foundations of Medicine (biochemistry; cellular biology and physiology; and pharmacologic principles); Pathogens and Host Defense (integrating immunology, inflammation, microbiology and immunologic diseases); and Basic Mechanisms of Disease (integrating histology, general pathology, hematologic and neoplastic diseases, and dermatologic diseases). Phase I concludes with a 36-week sequence of systems-based Integrated Pathophysiology courses: Pulmonary-Cardiovascular-Renal (CPR), Mind-Brain-Behavior (MBB), Endocrine-Reproductive (ER), and Gastrointestinal and Nutrition (GI). Integrated across the systems blocks are physiology, histology, pathology, histopathology, pharmacology, and therapeutics. Three longitudinal courses span the entire Phase I: Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM), Themes in Medical Education (TIME), and Medicine in Contemporary Society (MCS). ICM introduces students to the clinical skills required to examine and integrate clinical information from patient history and physical exam. MCS introduces students to ethical and social issues in current health care. TIME are week-long units that bridge key content across the curriculum. These week-long units have a patient focus within an active learning environment. Phase I provides time during the first summer for research, global health studies, and/or a vacation. Phase II spans 12 months and includes a one-week Transition to Clinical Care course at the start, followed by the primary clinical clerkships. Clinical clerkships are aligned in four 12-week blocks: Medicine (8 weeks) and Primary Care (4 weeks); Pediatrics (6 weeks) and Ob-Gyn (6 weeks); Surgery (8 weeks), Anesthesia (2 weeks) and Emergency Medicine (2 weeks); and Psychiatry (6 weeks), Neurology (4 weeks) and Radiology (2weeks). 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. Phase III spans 17 months and offers students maximum flexibility. Phase III includes a 4-week Sub-Internship in medicine, pediatrics, surgery, emergency medicine, ob/gyn, or urology, an individualized 4-week Advanced Clinical Experience, and a 4-week Transition to Residency course. Students also complete a minimum of 20 weeks of electives and 4 weeks of selectives. Core clerkships are completed at Stony Brook University Hospital, as well as other major teaching affiliates.

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