MD Program Curriculum Overview

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Preclinical (Year 1) Program - Class of 2020

Patient-Based Learning

The Patient-Based Learning curriculum is competency based and organized to provide a strong background in topics foundational for Years 3 and 4.  The curriculum addresses the foundational elements found in biomedical sciences and also includes fundamentals of clinical medicine, population health, evidence-based medicine, medical humanities, and medical ethics.  The curriculum is fully integrated across disciplines and topics, facilitating deeper understanding and life-long learning.

Preclinical (Year 2) Program - Class of 2019

Problem-Based Learning

One of the first schools to adopt an all Problem-Based-Learning curriculum, there are no lectures and students take responsibility for their own learning.  This open-ended nature requires and generates maturity and confidence not seen in traditional curricula.  Learning must go well beyond the basic facts in that students are called upon to integrate and demonstrate verbally their basic science knowledge base to explain clinical findings. In addition, students are evaluated in areas related to group participation and interpersonal, problem-solving, information-gathering and evaluation skills. Students interview and examine actual and standardized patients in their first year. The Population Health (formerly Community Medicine) program provides a continuity experience in the clinical aspects of a community-oriented primary care medical practice during the first, second and fourth years.

Clinical (Years 3 & 4) Program

The Year III Program covers a 48 week period in which students are involved in service- based clerkships in Mercer-affiliated community teaching hospitals. The main community teaching hospitals are the Navicent Health in Macon, Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah, Columbus Regional Medical Center, and St. Francis Hospital in Columbus with other sites as available throughout the State. The clerkships include a blend of ambulatory and hospital- based patient care to provide the students with a comprehensive clinical experience necessary for a general medical education. The clerkships include Internal Medicine (12 weeks), Surgery (8 weeks), Psychiatry (6 weeks), Pediatrics (8 weeks), Family Medicine (8 weeks), and Obstetrics and Gynecology (6 weeks). Concurrently, there are ongoing seminars in radiology and ethics. A Clinical Skills experience is also provided in Year III to provide continuing refinement of patient encounter skills.

Year III Program

Year IV Program

The Year IV program includes three required 4-week experiences: one in Community Medicine, and two 4-week selectives in Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, or Geriatric Medicine. A 4 week Sub-Internship which does not count toward the accumulation of patient contact hours is required of each student in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics /Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry or Surgery. This requirement may be achieved at a non-MUSM teaching facility if it is labeled as such in VSAS or meets with Year IV Committee Approval if it is not listed in the Senior Elective Catalog. Of the 17 weeks of elective experiences, at least 8 weeks of electives must be Mercer-sponsored electives. Unscheduled time (weeks of vacation time) is provided for residency interviews, vacation, and personal time. The Year IV program is intended to allow students to round out their clinical training experience while exploring different specialties as career options. Only 8 weeks in one subspecialty will be credited towards the 17 weeks of elective time needed for graduation. A minimum of 8 weeks of elective courses must have significant patient contact/significant patient care responsibilities. In addition, there is a Medical Ethics paper for senior students that is required, as well as a Clinical Performance Exam. The Senior Year is completed after the successful completion of a one (1) credit-hour Capstone Course designed to prepare the Senior Student for their entry into their Internship Year.