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The allopathic medicine degree curriculum of the Chicago Medical School recently underwent an exciting redesign. We began admitting and matriculating new students under the new model beginning in August 2018.

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. Our four-year curriculum is divided into three sequential phases.

PHASE I
Phase I starts with Scientific and Clinical Foundations of Medicine, 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.

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.

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.

PHASE I
M1 year

  • Scientific Foundations of Medicine
  • Clinical Foundations of Medicine
  • Clinical Anatomy
  • Essentials of Clinical Reasoning
  • Foundations of
    Interprofessional Practice
  • Infection-Immunology-Hematology
  • Epidemiology
  • Skin
  • Gastroenterology
  • Cardiovascular-Pulmonary-
    Renal
  • Bioethics
  • Clinical Reflections I

PHASE I
M2 year

  • Neurobehavioral Health (NBH)
  • Essentials of Clinical Reasoning
  • Patient Safety
  • Musculoskeletal (MSK)
  • Endocrine-Reproductive
  • Multisystem
  • Clinical Skills
  • M2 Elective
  • Clinical Reflections II

PHASE II
M3 year

  • Internal Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Pediatrics
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology
  • Family Medicine
  • Neurology
  • M3 Elective
  • Clinical Reflections III

PHASE III
M4 year

  • Sub-Internship
    • (Internal Medicine
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Pediatrics or
    • Family Medicine
  • Transition to Internship
  • M4 Electives
  • Clinical Reflections IV

PHASE I
M1 year

Phase I starts with Scientific and Clinical Foundations of Medicine, followed by eight system blocks, four of which are completed in the first year. Within the blocks, each week will be organized around a diagnostic structure of a patient presentation that illustrates key decision pivot points in the diagnostic process. The first year also includes five interprofessional courses and dedicated time for self-reflection and professional development.

The M1 year ends in May. Students may choose to participate in research or global health experiences during the summer before returning in August to begin the M2 year.

    • Scientific Foundations of Medicine
    • Clinical Foundations of Medicine
    • Clinical Anatomy
    • Essentials of Clinical Reasoning
    • Foundations of Interprofessional Practice
    • Infection-Immunology-Hematology
    • Epidemiology
    • Skin
    • Gastroenterology
    • Cardiovascular-Pulmonary-Renal
    • Bioethics
    • Clinical Reflections I

PHASE I
M2 year

Phase I continues with the remaining four system blocks and courses in patient safety, clinical reasoning, professional development, and clinical skills

M2 year ends in late March and students have up to ten weeks to independently prepare for the USMLE Step 1 examination.

      • Neurobehavioral Health (NBH)
      • Essentials of Clinical Reasoning
      • Patient Safety
      • Musculoskeletal (MSK)
      • Endocrine-Reproductive
      • Multisystem
      • Clinical Skills (CS)
      • Clinical Reflections II

PHASE II
M3 year

Phase II builds on the knowledge, skills, and approach of Phase I by providing 44 weeks of seven core clerkships and one four-week elective experience. Clerkship start dates vary per student.

      • Internal Medicine
      • Surgery
      • Psychiatry
      • Pediatrics
      • Obstetrics & Gynecology
      • Family Medicine
      • Neurology
      • M3 Elective
      • Clinical Reflections III

PHASE III
M4 year

Phase III is residency preparation, including one four-week sub-internship and 31 weeks of 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.

    • Clinical Reflections IV
    • Sub-Internship (Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics or Family Medicine)
    • Transition to Internship (T to I)
    • M4 Electives

Curriculum for class of 2020 & Class of 2021

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.