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School of Medicine Greenville


Curriculum

Academic Years

 

 

First Year (M1)

Following the initial phase of EMT training, students begin their foundational studies of the scientific basis of medicine, which is also designed as a graduated learning experience. In the M1 year, students primarily focus on the normal human body, with continuous reinforcement of the clinical relevancy of their studies and integration of clinical skills. Weekly clinical scenarios punctuate and emphasize how alterations of normal processes lead to illness and disease as M1 students are challenged to recognize deviations from normal and identify where deviations most likely occurred.

Second Year (M2)

During the M2 year, students continue learning the scientific basis of medicine in an organ-system based approach, focused more on pathophysiological and pathological disease processes, diagnostic testing and imaging, and principles of treatment and management. With their increasing clinical and basic science knowledge, students are challenged to develop differential diagnoses, identify clinical laboratory testing or imaging required, propose prevention and treatment plans and learn to perform procedures. Embedded in this progress of clinical skills is the understanding and utilization of the tools and systems of medical practice, including electronic health records and clinical documentation. The M2 year concludes with time for two electives to provide early opportunities for students to begin their clinical experiences in order to make informed choices for residency programs.

Third Year (M3)

Through this graduated continuum of integrated knowledge and skills, students enter the clerkship years prepared to perform as active members of the healthcare delivery team. In core clerkships, students continue to develop their clinical skills and accept increased clinical responsibility. M3 electives provide students exposure to various residency match options. Each core clerkship includes a CAPP week (Consolidation, Assessment and Personal and Professional Development). Consolidation occurs through student-led interprofessional grand rounds and panel discussions, while assessment includes clerkship specific objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE) and subject exams. Personal and professional development encompasses topics such as point-of-care use of evidence-based medicine, systems-based practice issues, legal and ethical issues in medicine, the business of medicine and reinforcement of the longitudinal curricular themes.

Fourth Year (M4)

Once students have identified a residency program interest in the fourth year, they are placed into a specialty-specific intensification track. This track meets the Year 4 requirement for an acting internship and exposure to either intensive care or emergency medicine. After discussion with their specialty advisors, a menu of selectives is provided to each student. In addition, five weeks are dedicated to an intensification experience at the conclusion of the M4 year. All students complete three weeks of core clinical skills, procedures practice and competency assessment. An additional two weeks is dedicated specifically to the specialty (example: knot tying, instrument identification and suturing for surgery). This intensification process is intended to better prepare students for their residency training program. A total of 12 weeks of elective opportunities are available during the fourth year beyond this intensification track.