With the launch of the new curriculum in August 2015, the Basic and Clinical Science curriculum is changing from a traditional two year pre-clinical curriculum that focuses on normal structure and function of the human body in year one and mechanisms and treatment of disease in year two, to an 18 month theme-based curriculum that fully integrates the teaching of both basic and clinical sciences. This integrated approach increases understanding and retention of the material by demonstrating its relevance and providing useful context.
In the Clinical Skills, Tutorials, and Longitudinal Clinical Experience students will be directly involved in patient care from the beginning of medical school, with an emphasis on interprofessional education, team-based care, knowledge of the health care system, attention to the patient experience, and clinical skills building.
The Clerkships will be transformed from ten individual discipline based clerkships ranging in length from two to eight weeks to four twelve week interdisciplinary blocks. These longer interdisciplinary clerkships provide opportunities for continuity with sites, patients, supervision, mentors, peers, and will promote interdisciplinary planning and integration of learning across clinical experiences.
The post-clerkship period of advanced training and research will be expanded to 17 months. This provides maximum flexibility for students to schedule career-determining electives and sub-internships prior to residency application as well as have time for research and completion of the thesis.
Further detailed information about all of these changes is available on the curriculum rebuild website.