PreClerkship Curriculum


The foundational 21-month first and second-year pre-clerkship curriculum allows students to spend the majority of their time developing critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills. Through problem-based and self-directed learning students learn to apply their knowledge to clinical case experiences. This will be accomplished through:

  • Problem-based learning in which students work in small groups (7-8 students with a faculty facilitator) to identify learning objectives, research the relevant topics, and discuss their findings with peers in order to resolve a clinical case.
  • Self-directed learning where students can use a variety of resources and activities to support their individualized learning, including quizzes, online materials with embedded assessment permitting them to identify their learning gaps and review and retrieve material as necessary.
  • Team-based learning with peers and students from other disciplines requires advanced preparation for discussion and interactions during class, at clinical sites, and in community activities.
  • Interactive learning with state-of-the-art plastinates, with high fidelity mannequins and standardized patients.

Because students complete their pre-clerkship course work in 21 months, they have the opportunity and time to pursue research, take electives, engage in community service learning and/or study for the USMLE STEP 1 exam before the start of their third year.

Curriculum Schematic Module Contact Information                                      

Year 1 Modules

Year 1 Modules: 

AY 23-24:

Foundations of Medicine 4 weeks
Molecules to Medicine 8 weeks
Attack and Defense 9 weeks
Cardiovascular and Respiratory 11 weeks
Renal and Male Reproduction 6 weeks
Health Systems Science Year 1 4 weeks
*Language of Medicine Year 1
*Clinical Skills Year 1
Summer: Scholarly Activities/Preceptorship
Scheduled Weeks of Instruction 42 weeks


Year 2 Modules

Year 2 Modules:

AY 23-24:

Musculoskeletal and Dermatology 6 weeks
Mind, Brain, and Behavior 9 weeks
Digestive Health and Nutrition 7 weeks
Endocrine and Female Reproduction 7 weeks
Health Systems Science Year 2 2 weeks
*Language of Medicine Year 2
*Clinical Skills Year 2
Self-Directed Study USMLE Step 1
Scheduled Weeks of Instruction 31 weeks

*Longitudinal Modules (Included in Year 1 & Year 2):

Students engage in learning activities in the following modules throughout years 1 & 2 of the curriculum:

  • Language of Medicine
  • Clinical Skills


Assistant Dean - Pre-Clerkship

Kelsey Baker, PhD

Kelsey Baker, PhD
Assistant Dean for Pre-Clerkships