Catalogue Professional Education Leading to the M.D. Degree

The medical education curriculum is separated into three phases with longitudinal Collaborative Learning Groups (CLGs) that span across all three phases (4 years). Phase 1 (Foundation of Medical Practice) spans over 2 years, and is designed to allow students the flexibility to participate in optional research opportunities. Phase 2 (Principles of Medical Practice) is a little less than a year in length and encompasses six required clinical experiences. The final Phase (Advanced Medical Practice) is approximately 40 weeks in length includes both clinical clerkships and electives. The curriculum undergoes constant evaluation and refinement. Changes may occur from year to year in order to improve the educational program. The College of Medicine reserves the right to make policy and regulatory changes at any time.

Preclinical Curriculum (Years 1 and 2)

The preclinical course work is designed to provide students with essential basic science and general clinical information necessary for their clinical training. Teaching teams from both basic and clinical science departments participate in the curriculum.

The course schedule for the basic science curriculum is as follows.

First Year

  • Discovery Pathways and MSRP (MDT 7090) – This is an elective.
  • Research and Discovery Foundations in Medicine (BMS 6092)
  • Foundations of Medicine (BMS 6031)
  • Fundamentals of Microbiology and Immunology (BMS 6300)
  • Genetics and Health (BMS 6003)
  • Health Outcomes and Policy (BMS 6091)
  • Population Health in Medicine (BMS 6863)
  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine I and II (BMS 6810, BMS 6812)
  • Introduction to Clinical Practice 1A and 1B (Preceptorship) (MDC 6001
  • Introduction to Cancer Biology and Clinical Oncology (BMS 6816)
  • Nutrition and Health (BMS 6751)
  • The Cardiovascular System (BMS 6633)
  • The Respiratory System (BMS 6642)
  • The Kidney and Urinary Tract (BMS 6638C)

Second Year

  • Clinical Neuroscience (BMS 6020)
  • Dermatology and the Musculoskeletal System (BMS 6635)
  • Endocrinology and Reproduction (BMS 6632)
  • Fundamentals of Clinical Medicine (BMS 6000 – Only OMFS are required to take this course)
  • Gastroenterology and Hepatology (BMS 6634)
  • Hematology (BMS 6631)
  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine III and IV (BMS 6813, BMS 6814)
  • Introduction to Clinical Practice (Preceptorship) (MDC 6001)
  • Pain and Addiction Intensive (BMS 6021)
  • USMLE Step 1 Preparation (MDT 7090) – this is a required course

Clinical Science Curriculum (Years 3 and 4)

Third Year

The third year is devoted to clinical clerkships, in which groups of students rotate among the major clinical services and experience direct patient contact. The required clinical clerkships include: Family Medicine and Geriatrics (12 weeks), Medicine (8 weeks), Obstetrics and Gynecology (6 weeks), Pediatrics (8 weeks), Psychiatry (6 weeks) and Surgery (8 weeks). Students spend 10-12 weeks in clerkships at UFHSC-Jacksonville. Free housing is provided during the Jacksonville-based clerkships.

During the clinical clerkships, the student becomes an integral member of the medical team and has direct responsibility for assigned patients.

Fourth Year

The fourth year includes four required clerkships and one required course:

  • Sub-Internship in Medicine, Family Medicine, Medicine, Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology, Pediatrics, OMFS Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Surgery (4 weeks – 4 credit hours)
  • Emergency Medicine (4 weeks – 4 credit hours)
  • Neurology (4 weeks – 4 credit hours)
  • Anesthesiology and Critical Care (4 weeks – 4 credit hours)
  • Capstone Course – Internship 101 (3 weeks – 4 credit hours)

Students have a four-week period to interview for their residency and a four-week period to prepare for USMLE Step 2 – CK and CS (2 credit hours).  They also must take 20 additional credit hours of electives.

All elective choices must be made in conjunction with the student’s faculty advisor, the fourth year curriculum coordinator, and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. Clinical electives are available in all the major disciplines of medicine. In the clinical electives, students work as advanced clerks and assume greater responsibility than they had in the third year. Elective courses in the basic sciences also are available. Additionally, independent study programs and international medicine electives may be designed to allow experience in areas of medicine not offered in the formal courses.

Students who wish to take external electives at other institutions must obtain the approval of their advisor and the Fourth-Year Coordinator or the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. As a general rule, students will be allowed to take a maximum of three external electives.

Students must complete a minimum of 40 credit hours in the fourth year to be eligible for graduation.

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