SOM Basic Sciences

Basic Sciences

All students in the School of Medicine and School of Dentistry begin their professional medical education in the basic sciences. The integrated curriculum leading to the M.D. degree is a four-year program that is divided into two phases, with Phase I consisting of the first two years, generally referred to as the Basic Sciences years. The overall goal of the first year of Phase I is to provide students with a strong background in basic science knowledge, clinical, and social skills that are essential for the practice of medicine in the 21st century. Individual, discipline-specific courses have been eliminated and replaced by block modules in which basic, clinical and social sciences are presented in an integrated manner to facilitate learning and to meet the overall objectives of the educational program. The overall goal of the second year of Phase I is to provide the opportunity for more in-depth learning of the basic sciences by organizing instruction around a series of organ systems.

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