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Integrated Curriculum

Debuting in August 2019, Geisel's new integrated MD curriculum--one that reflects evolving changes in healthcare and healthcare education and creates a cohesive pedagogical approach throughout all four years--builds on the medical school's strong foundation in biomedical sciences and clinical competence. It also creates expanded clinical opportunities in the fourth year.

“Earlier completion of our required clerkship sequence will afford our students more flexibility in career exploration.”

Completing the preclinical curriculum in 20 months affords greater opportunities for students to participate in sub-internships and electives. New courses will largely be comprised from current course content while some may be shifted to later in the curriculum. The On Doctoring and Patients and Populations courses both remain as core components of the preclinical experience.

After working with faculty, clinicians, and students, the medical education committee curriculum sub-committee--co-chaired by Gregory Ogrinc, MD, MS, senior associate dean for medical education, and Rand Swenson, MD, PhD, chair of the Department of Medical Education--presented and discussed the proposed curricular changes with the Geisel Board of Advisors, the Alumni Council, and student organizations.

Noting that the trend in medical education of earlier transition to required clerkships has been accelerating over the past five years, Swenson explained, "Earlier completion of our required clerkship sequence will afford our students more flexibility in career exploration and in activities that strengthen their residency application. Importantly, it will permit incorporation of additional required experiences that reinforce and enhance the appreciation of fundamental pathophysiology in our students at a stage when they are differentiating themselves and preparing for transition to residency."


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