Self directed and team-based medical education
The CMU curriculum is based on adult, self-directed learning methodologies preparing students for the practice of medicine today while simultaneously developing the life-long learning skills essential for them to practice the medicine of the future.
Students learn the basic science to practice medicine through a series of integrated, interdisciplinary curricular blocks during the pre-clerkship curriculum. Each block incorporates a variety of educational methodologies including small group, case-based discussions, interactive team-based learning, active lectures, and laboratory experiences.
A longitudinal clinical skills course runs simultaneously. In this course, students learn to perform a clinical examination (history and physical), documentation of a patient encounter and appropriate communication skills using standardized patients.
The clinical curriculum consists of a structured third year including five hospital-based clerkships (Hospital Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Surgery) and a longitudinal integrated clerkship in primary care (Comprehensive Community Clerkship). The fourth year offers more flexibility to explore clinical electives in addition to completing a required sub-internship and emergency medicine rotation.