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New Curriculum - Fall 2020 

In August 2020, LKSOM will introduce a new hybrid single-pass organ system pre-clerkship curriculum for our medical students. The goals of the new curriculum are to:

  • Teach basic science and clinical medicine longitudinally interwoven, just as medicine is practiced
  • Emphasize physician competencies: knowledge, clinical skills, professionalism, humanism, and cultural competencies
  • Base objectives on content that is evidence-based, outcomes-oriented, and features case-based learning that highlights quality and safety, and addresses health disparities
  • Promote longitudinal relationships between faculty and students
  • Enhance use of simulation and standardized patients in clinical training
  • Enhance use of adult learning styles with emphasis on lifelong learning, self-assessment, critical appraisal and use of information technology
  • Provide training that is interdisciplinary, in interprofessional teams, reflecting realistic scenarios of actual practice

Phase 1 (pre-clerkship) curriculum will teach basic sciences knowledge in clinical context, increasing clinical faculty participation in learning activities. The curriculum will employ current educational best practices, reducing lecture time, embracing active learning strategies with opportunities for independent and self-directed learning. Doctoring in Phase 1 will emphasize skills necessary to begin clinical clerkships, with other content integrated in Phases 2 and 3 (core and advanced clinical clerkships).

Year 1MD - Year 1 Year 2

Phases 2 and 3 (core and advanced clinical clerkships) give students opportunity to gain the knowledge, skills and professional attributes necessary for residency specialty training and for the practice of medicine. Faculty assess progress in meeting our graduation competencies and give feedback to students to help them meet their goals and ensure that they are prepared for residency in all fields of medicine.

Year Three 
MD Year 3Year Four