The Saint Louis University School of Medicine’s M.D. degree program curriculum is structured in four phases:
The first year of SLU’s medical school curriculum starts with the foundations phase and begins building your core medical knowledge. Coursework in the foundations phase of your training is designed to provide you with the fundamentals of biomedical sciences necessary for medical practice. It includes the following courses:
While still in Year One, you will begin the core knowledge phase of the curriculum. This phase introduces you to the organ systems and begins your clinical skills training. Courses included in the core knowledge portion of the curriculum include the following courses:
In addition to these courses, you will have the opportunity to explore your specific interests through two electives of your choosing. These electives, which run throughout most of the academic year, are very diverse and could include exposure to basic science research, clinical research, shadowing physicians or other activities.
SLU’s second year of medical school curriculum continues the core knowledge, continuing its focus on organ systems in health and disease. Year Two also expands your training in the skills of medical history, taking and physical diagnosis, and introduces you to some aspects of the broader environment in which medicine is practiced.
The core knowledge phase continues in Year Two with the following courses:
Again, along with these courses, you will have the opportunity to explore your specific interests through two electives of your choosing.
The core clinical phase of your medical education continues in Year Three. Year Three marks the beginning of your full-time clinical experience and includes most of your required clerkships, as well as two separate two-week opportunities for career exploration in fields that are not represented in the core clerkships. Career Exploration fields include but are not limited to anesthesiology, dermatology, diagnostic radiology, emergency medicine, radiation oncology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, etc.
You will begin your seven core clinical clerkships as part of the core clinical phase. The order of your clerkships will be determined by lottery, but every student will complete the following courses as part of the core clinical phase in year three:
In addition to the core clerkships that begin in year two, every third-year student will participate in FCM 430: Inter-professional Team Seminars. This course brings together students from SLU’s schools of medicine, nursing, health sciences and social work to address key topics in health care that require effective interprofessional communication and teamwork.
The first day of each clerkship includes an orientation to the course. Each clerkship has an education coordinator, who will manage your schedule while in their clerkship, assign faculty and residents to evaluate your performance, and will serve as your primary contact for all administrative issues related to the clerkship.
The pre-residency phase, which begins at the end of the seven required clerkships, is where you will begin to explore areas of specialization in medicine, through electives, sub-internships, ambulatory medicine and emergency medicine rotations.
Students are required to take 34 weeks (34 credit hours) of electives during Year Four. A minimum of 24 weeks must be spent in electives classified as direct-patient care and 10 of these weeks may be spent in non-direct patient care.