The pre-clinical curriculum provides a science and investigative foundation for future clinical practice. First-year and second-year course work combines basic science taught in a variety of didactic means including lectures, small groups, simulations and case-based learning with a Practice of Medicine course that uses regular patient interactions and integrative cases to teach students to skillfully interview and examine patients, as well as integrating current health disparities and issues in the present global spectrum.

Students will also have the opportunity during their first year to complete four, 10-hour selective courses in the humanities, basic sciences and clinical areas, providing enrichment and in-depth focus on areas beyond the core curriculum.  The pre-clinical curriculum is pass/fail.


First year course descriptions can be found in the Bulletin. Courses are listed under their specific department and are 5XX level.

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View Selectives requirements, registration details and course selections »