The mission of the Office of Undergraduate Studies is to support the highest quality of medical education in order to prepare Chicago Medical School students to be leaders in the delivery of effective, compassionate patient care.
Our office works collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to create, schedule, deliver, evaluate, and improve the educational program at Chicago Medical School. We support the work of the Curriculum Committee and its subcommittees, collect data for the purposes of curricular management, assessment, and enhancement, ensure that students work in a supportive learning environment, and coordinate and assist with exam administration and analysis. The Office of Undergraduate Studies also provides oversight and management of the following courses and electives:
Essentials of Clinical Reasoning
Biostatistics and Epidemiology
Introduction to Bioethics and Health Law
Revisiting the Basic Sciences
Senior Independent Projects
Advanced Independent Learning
Step 1 CPR Board Prep Program
ABOUT THE CURRICULUM
Chicago Medical School's (CMS) undergraduate medical education program provides students with the foundation necessary for a successful and rewarding career in medicine. Our curriculum combines clinical experiences, laboratory sessions, small-group discussions, lectures, high-fidelity simulation, and team-based learning. Throughout the educational program, CMS students learn with and from other health professional students in order to prepare for the interprofessional healthcare environment in which they will practice. Upon completion of the educational program, all CMS students achieve competency in the six core domains of a physician: Medical and Scientific Knowledge; Patient Care and Prevention; Professionalism and Self-Awareness; Practice-Based, Life-Long Learning; Systems-Based, Interprofessional Practice; and Interpersonal and Communication Skills.
The first two years of the curriculum offer a strong grounding in the basic, behavioral, and social sciences necessary for the practice of medicine. Students have early clinical experiences in the state-of-the-art education and evaluation center and at community-based affiliate sites.
The required junior clinical clerkships include medicine, surgery, family medicine/primary care, obstetrics/gynecology, psychiatry, pediatrics, neurology, and emergency medicine. The senior requirements include four weeks in an internal medicine, family medicine/primary care, emergency medicine, or pediatrics sub-internship and 32 weeks of approved electives, 12 of which must be completed at one of the school's primary affiliate hospital sites. The elective period gives students an opportunity to explore a broad range of interests as well as to strengthen their personal career interests and begin to transition from medical student to resident.