MD Curriculum

Year 1

Year 1 emphasizes clinical relevance of basic science content, and includes the courses listed below.

  • The Human Body: Molecules to Cells (Cell biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Preclinical Informatics)
  • The Human Body: Structure and Development (Anatomy, Embryology, Radiology)
  • The Human Body: Integrative Function and Its Cellular Basis (Physiology, Neurobiology, Histology)
  • The Human Body: Microbial Pathogens and Host Defense (Microbiology, Virology, Immunology, Pathology)
  • Clinical Application Course
  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine
  • Medicine and Society

Year 2

Year 2 includes 11 courses focusing on organ systems, integrating both pathology and pharmacology. Clinical case studies are integrated into these courses throughout the year and also into short courses at the end of fall and spring semesters.

  • Tools for Diagnosis and Therapy
  • Hematology/Oncology
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Respiratory Diseases
  • Gastrointestinal System
  • Urinary System
  • Neurosciences
  • Endocrine System & Nutrition
  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Clinical Epidemiology

Years 3 and 4

Years 3 and 4: MD-PhD student must take Core rotations in Psychiatry, Neurology, OB/GYN, Inpatient Internal Medicine, Outpatient Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics and Surgery.  Selectives include AHEC Acting Internship, Critical Care/Surgery, Integration, and Advanced Practice. Most MD-PhD students are granted credit for electives and are free to take additional rotations if they wish.

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