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The allopathic medicine degree curriculum of the Chicago Medical School is undergoing an exciting redesign.

The overall goal of our curriculum redesign is to provide an educational program that integrates clinical and basic science, engages students in active learning, provides early opportunities for clinical experience in the community, ensures that students will have skills needed for life-long, independent learning, and builds upon our experience and strength as an interprofessional university.

What follows are the highlights of our redesigned curriculum. New students will be admitted and matriculated under the new model beginning in August, 2018. Our four-year curriculum is divided into three sequential phases.

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Phase I

  • Phase I starts with Scientific and Clinical Foundations of Medicine-EMT, followed by eight system blocks. Within the blocks, each week will be organized around a diagnostic structure of a patient presentation that illustrates key decision points in the diagnostic process. Phase I includes five interprofessional courses, time for self-reflection and professional development, and a patient safety course. Phase I concludes with a one-week course to help students prepare for clerkships.
    • Scientific Foundations of Medicine provides the core knowledge in biochemistry, histology, genetics, embryology, pathology, and physiology necessary to understand human health and disease.
    • Clinical Foundations of Medicine-EMT teaches students the initial approach to safe, effective, and efficient patient care. Students learn standardized, established protocols and clinical skills expected at the National Registry EMT-B level.

Phase II

  • Phase II builds on the knowledge and skills of Phase I by providing 44 weeks of seven core clerkships and one four-week elective experience for career exploration.
    • Pediatrics
    • Internal Medicine
    • Surgery
    • Obstetrics/Gynecology
    • Neurology
    • Family Medicine/Primary Care
    • Psychiatry
    • Elective (e.g. Emergency Medicine, Ophthalmology, Research)

Phase III

  • Phase III is residency preparation, including one four-week sub-internship and 31 weeks of intramural and extramural electives. This phase concludes with a one-week course, Transition to Internship, to teach and assess the skills needed for students to transition from M4 student to first-year resident.
    • The sub-internship is an advanced rotation in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Family Medicine, or Emergency Medicine.
    • Electives allow students to deepen their understanding of medical specialties, care for a diverse patient population, learn how health care is delivered in a variety of settings, and function at the level of an intern in preparation for residency training. Students can select from a wide range of electives at our clinical affiliate sites as well as other medical schools or healthcare organizations.

 

    • At our Northwestern Medicine-Huntley affiliate, we have a new state-of-the-art simulation facility that includes an emergency department with an ambulance, treatment rooms, and trauma bay; an outpatient clinic; a labor and delivery suite; an inpatient unit; an intensive care unit room; and an operating theater.
    • Embedded throughout the four-year curriculum are eight threads. These threads are woven together to emphasize the health systems science that is integral to today’s practice of medicine.
      • Health Promotion (Wellness and Nutrition),
      • Team-Based Care (Interprofessional/Interdisciplinary),
      • Humanities,
      • Safety & Quality,
      • High Value Care (Evidence-Based),
      • Ethics,
      • Professionalism, and
      • Population Health (Health Disparities/Special Populations).

Phase I

Year 1 (81.5 Credit Hours)

HIPS 515 Foundations of Interprofessional Practice (2 cr.)
MCBA 500 Clinical Anatomy (8.5 cr.)
MCMS 500 Clinical Foundations of Medicine – EMT (6 cr.)
MCMS 505 Infection – Immunology – Hematology (9.5 cr.)
MCMS 510 Scientific Foundations of Medicine (10.5 cr.)
MCMS 515 Gastroenterology (8 cr.)
MCMS 520 Skin (3.5 cr.)
MCMS 525 Cardiovascular – Pulmonary – Renal (15 cr.)
MCUR 502 Essentials of Clinical Reasoning (13 cr.)
MMTD 509 Epidemiology (1.5 cr.)
MMTD 510 Bioethics (2.5 cr.)
MOSA 500 Clinical Reflections I (1.5 cr.)

Year 2 (51 Credit Hours)

MCMS 600 Musculoskeletal (4 cr.)
MCMS 605 Neurobehavioral Health (19.5 cr.)
MCMS 610 Endocrine – Reproductive (13 cr.)
MCMS 615 Multisystem (6.5 cr.)
MCUR 502 Essentials of Clinical Reasoning (continued)
MCUR 606 Clinical Skills (2 cr.)
MMTD 601 Patient Safety (2 cr.)
MOSA 502 Clinical Reflections II (1 cr.)
Sophomore Electives (3 cr.) 

Must take USMLE Step 1 to complete the second year of curriculum

Phase II

Year 3 (73 Credit Hours)

MCUR 705 Clinical Skills Examination (0 cr.)
MFPM 700 Family Medicine/Primary Care Clerkship (9 cr.)
MMED 700 Medicine Clerkship (12 cr.)
MNEU 801 Neurology Clerkship (6 cr.)
MOBG 700 Obstetrics/Gynecology (9 cr.)
MOSA 700 Clinical Reflections III (1 cr.)
MPED 700 Pediatric Clerkship (9 cr.)
MPSY 700 Psychiatry Clerkship (9 cr.)
MSUR 700 Surgery Clerkship (12 cr.)
Year 3 Elective (6 cr.)

Phase III

Year 4 (55 Credit Hours)

MCUR 898 Transition to Internship (1 cr.)
MOSA 805 Clinical Reflections IV (1 cr.)

36 weeks total for senior requirements (Sub-internship and Electives):

  • 4 weeks Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatric or Emergency Medicine Sub-internship
  • 31 weeks Electives
    • 12 weeks minimum intramural CMS electives
    • 20 weeks maximum extramural electives
    • 8 weeks maximum non-clinical electives
    • 12 weeks maximum specialty electives (except medicine or pediatrics)

Must pass USMLE Step 2 CK and CS to graduate.


Curriculum for Current Students

The curriculum at Chicago Medical School is a four-year program where students learn the essential knowledge, skills, and attitudes of a physician, including excellent communication skills, technical expertise, and the ability to reason and solve problems.

In addition, the medical curriculum moves beyond these fundamentals by offering innovative teaching methods, an emphasis on professional growth and development, a supportive atmosphere with individual guidance and mentoring, opportunities to participate in bench or clinical research and interprofessional learning in the classroom and clinical setting. Simulation and standardized patient experiences take place throughout the curriculum on campus at RFU and the new state-of-the-art simulation facility at our Northwestern Medicine-Huntley affiliate.

The M1 and M2 years provide students with a strong foundation in the basic and clinical sciences necessary for the practice of medicine. During the M3 year, students complete a series of core clerkship experiences at a diverse array of clinical sites.

In the M4 year, students complete a four-week sub-internship and 32 weeks of elective rotations. M4 electives allow students to deepen their understanding of medical specialties, care for a diverse patient population, learn how health care is delivered in a variety of settings, and function at the level of an intern in preparation for residency training. Students can select from a wide range of electives at our clinical affiliate sites as well as other medical schools or healthcare organizations.

Year 1 (64 QH)

HIPS 515A & B Foundations for Interprofessional Practice (2 QH)
MBCH 502 Clinical Molecular Cell Biology (3.5 QH)
MBCH 505A & B Medical Biochemistry (6 QH)
MBCH 508A & B Clinical Genetics (2 QH)
MCBA 500A, B & C Clinical Anatomy (10 QH)
MCBA 502A, B & C Histology (5 QH)
MCBA 504 Embryology (3 QH)
MCUR 502A, B & C Essentials of Clinical Reasoning (6 QH)
MMTD 509 Epidemiology (2 QH)
MMTD 510 Bioethics (2 QH)
MNSC 501 Medical Neuroscience (7.5 QH)
MOSA 500 Clinical Reflections I (1 QH)
MPHY 500A, B & C Medical Physiology (14 QH)

Year 2 (58 QH)

MCMP 600A, B & C Foundations of Medical Pharmacology (9.5 QH)
MCUR 602D, E & F Essentials of Clinical Reasoning (6 QH)
MCUR 606 Clinical Skills (3 QH)
MMIC 600A, B & C Microbiology & Immunology (13 QH)
MMTD 601 Patient Safety (2 QH)
MOSA 600 Clinical Reflections II (1 QH)
MPAT 600A, B & C General and Systemic Pathology (12.5 QH)
MPSY 601A & B Clinical Neuroscience (8 QH)
Sophomore Electives (3 QH)

Must take USMLE Step 1 to complete the second year of curriculum.

Year 3 (73 QH)

MCUR 705 Clinical Skills Examination (0 QH)
MEMG 702 Emergency Medicine (6 QH)
MFPM 701 Family Medicine/Primary Care Clerkship (9 QH)
MMED 700 Medicine Clerkship (12 QH)
MNEU 700 Neurology Clerkship (6 QH)
MOBG 700 Obstetrics/Gynecology Clerkship (9 QH)
MOSA 700 Clinical Reflections III (1 QH)
MPED 700 Pediatrics Clerkship (9 QH)
MPSY 700 Psychiatry Clerkship (9 QH)
MSUR 700 Surgery Clerkship (12 QH)

Year 4 (55 QH)

MOSA 805 Clinical Reflections IV (1QH)

36 weeks total for senior requirements (Sub-internship and Electives):

  • 4 weeks Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatric or Emergency Medicine Sub-internship
  • 32 weeks Electives
    • 12 weeks minimum intramural CMS electives
    • 20 weeks maximum extramural electives
    • 8 weeks maximum non-clinical electives
    • 12 weeks maximum specialty electives (except medicine or pediatrics)

Must pass USMLE Step 2 CK and CS to graduate.