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Curriculum Summary

An Overview of the Content and Organization of the Curriculum

The content of each course within the curriculum is determined by its director, in consultation with the teaching faculty and in keeping with national guidelines. The course directors also choose the most appropriate teaching modalities (lectures, laboratories, computer assignments, small group problem-solving sessions, hands-on clinical experiences, etc.) based on the course content and the expertise of the faculty. This organizational structure has produced an overall plan of study that can be best characterized as a "hybrid curriculum," containing elements of both "conventional" and "problem-based" teaching programs.

An aspect of medical school that you may not have experienced as an undergraduate, is team teaching in courses. Almost every course in Year 1 and Year 2 is taught by a team of faculty (sometimes as many as 20 or more) from multiple departments. Each faculty member brings his or her expertise into the lecture hall, laboratory, and small group activities to provide you with the best foundation of basic science and clinical knowledge and experience possible.

The management of this curriculum is centralized so that the school, rather than individual departments, defines the educational policies and determines the content of the MD degree program. The Curriculum Management Committee is responsible for the design, implementation, and evaluation of the entire undergraduate curriculum. This committee is chaired by the Associate Dean for Curriculum and is made up of faculty and students.

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