Phase I: Foundational Phase (18 months)
Phase I begins with Transition to Medical School (TMS), an eight-day course designed to facilitate students’ transition from lay person to a medical professional in training. TMS is followed by Biomedical Building Blocks (B3), a 24-week sequence of four foundational basic science courses – The Body, Molecular Foundations of Medicine, Pathogens and Host Defense, and Basic Mechanisms of Disease. B3 is followed by a 36-week sequence of five Integrated Pathophysiology systems-based courses: Cardiovascular-Pulmonary-Renal, Mind-Brain-Behavior, Endocrine-Reproductive, Gastrointestinal-Nutrition, and Musculoskeletal. 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 (Objective Structured Clinical Examination).
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. The first and third clerkship blocks are capped by a one-week Translational Pillar, which integrates cutting edge basic science and translational medicine in the context of clinical care. A one-week summer break follows the second clerkship block. Upon completing the clerkships, students must Pass the summative Clinical Performance Exam.
Phase III: Advanced Clinical Phase (16 months)
Phase III provides students with a flexible and extended 4th year experience. Over the course of 16 months, students complete a total of 40 weeks of credit, which includes, a 4-week sub-internship from among 10 specialties, 26 weeks of electives, a 4-week Selective, a 2-week General Transition to Residency, a 2-week Specialty Transition to Residency, and a 2-week Advanced Clinical Experience. Phase III also provides ample time for students to prepare for and take the USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 examinations, explore specialties of interest, participate in research, and interview with residency programs.
USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 Examinations
After completing Phase II and before beginning Phase III courses, students have 10 weeks of dedicated time (mid-January to early March) to prepare for and take the USMLE Step 1 exam. Most students will also take four weeks in the summer of Phase III to prepare for and take the USMLE Step 2 exam.
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