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Curriculum

​​About the CMED Curriculum

CMED is an institution that will engage you in an active process of learning in a real-life medical environment. Join us in a medical education process that is focused on you, the medical student, and in transforming the nature of health care in central and northern Michigan.

As a medical student, you will learn medicine in a high-technology environment including a state-of-the-art simulation center. You will begin your journey working with classmates in small team-based groups, in the classroom, online and in physician’s offices across central and northern Michigan.

If you are highly motivated, interested in a groundbreaking experience in a top-quality, high-energy medical school, then CMED is for you.

Years 1 & 2

Central Michigan University's curriculum emphasizes early clinical experiences and small group learning. The first two years are organized around physiological systems starting with the Foundational Sciences in Medicine.

The "Foundations" course provides students with an important baseline of knowledge of variations on normal human health, wellness, and development.

The subsequent Organ System block courses will use the Clinical Presentation model to provide instruction in system specific disorders and diseases. The Clinical Presentation model teaches students how to diagnose patients, and is based on the ways in which the patient presents to a physician. The model also enables students to integrate their foundational knowledge and acquire clinical reasoning skills.

Three longitudinal courses (The Essentials of Clinical Skills, The Art of Medicine and Society and Community Medicine) are vertically integrated with the Foundational Sciences and Organ Systems block courses.

Interspersed between coursework blocks are week-long sessions in Continuous/Improvement/Curriculum, Assessment, Reinforcement/Remediation, Evaluation, and Skills (or C.A.R.E.S.). These weeks provide students with time to reflect on their CMED experiences in terms of quality, thoroughness, and retention.

Years 3 & 4

The clinical years commence with the Comprehensive Community Clerkship (CCC).  The CCC is an six-month community-based longitudinal integrated clerkship.  Pairs of students engage in generalist care physicians' duties such as rounds, tutorial sessions, virtual academics rounds, primary care sessions, and specialty sessions.  Students then progress into the core discipline clerkships, hospital-based rotations, and electives.

Click here to download an overview of the CMED course schedule, years one through four. 

C​lick here to download the CMED General Competencies and Educational Program Objectives.

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