MD Curriculum

The School of Medicine's Translational Education at Carolina (TEC) curriculum has been designed to transform the way medical students learn the art and science of medicine through integrated basic science and clinical skills blocks, longitudinal patient care experiences, and flexible clinical experiences that give them opportunities in specialty fields well before they apply to residency programs. This redesigned curriculum reflects the needs of future physicians, the desire for early differentiation and exploration, and the realities of adult learners today.

The TEC curriculum consists of three phases:

Click here for more information and a complete view of the current TEC calendar.

Guiding Principles of the UNC School of Medicine Curriculum

  • Be student-centered and patient-based, while being population, public health, and globally inspired
  • Facilitate the translation and integration of basic, clinical, and population science to enhance human health and well being
  • Provide a strong foundation for entry into graduate medical education within the broad opportunities of medicine, while being flexible and individualized
  • Be responsive to the changing healthcare environment
  • Focus on promoting, supporting, and maintaining health, not just treating disease
  • Incorporate strengths of the university, including opportunities for inter-professional and cross-disciplinary education
  • Provide longitudinal engagement with faculty and robust mentorship
  • Incorporate multiple modes of student learning
  • Instill intellectual curiosity and develop an aptitude for critical thinking and lifelong learning
  • Promote the development of leadership skills, professionalism, ethics, humanism, and service to others


For more information about the MD-PhD Program curriculum, requirements, and supplemental learning opportunities, check out the following pages: