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With a curriculum to take our students from the basic medical sciences to hands-on clinical training, they are uniquely positioned to be leaders in primary care. They will also be exposed to ultrasound technology and its applications from the first year, through our integrated ultrasound curriculum.  (Last Updated: 1/28/21)

Note: We are awaiting approval from the Commission on Higher Education (CHE) for changes in the curriculum.

Hands-On Experience

You'll get hands-on clinical experience throughout your medical education. Our partnership with Prisma Health allows you the opportunity to work with physician educators who can offer you a first-hand look into patient care. Our school also has a robust research focus, which you'll be able to explore through research projects with faculty mentors.


An Innovative Curriculum

As a leader in primary care, we offer you unique experiences, like the opportunity to learn more about rural health on our Florence Regional Campus. We're also the first school in the nation to integrate ultrasound technology into all four years of our medical school curriculum. Our partnerships with technology leaders like General Electric give us access to the latest equipment, sometimes before it even hits the market. While you may not take a class specifically devoted to that technology, you will find practical applications for it in your courses, giving you the hands-on experience you need to confidently use ultrasound machines. 


Years One and Two

During the first two years of the program, you'll study anatomy, behavioral science, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology and physiology.

Year One Fall Semester

Course Name Credit Hours
Introduction to Clinical Medicine 3
Foundations of Medical Anatomy 12
Total 15


Year One Spring Semester

Course Name  Credit Hours
Molecular Foundations of Medicine 8
Medical Physiology
Introduction to Clinical Medicine
Total 19 


 Year Two Fall Semester

Course Name Credit Hours
Medical Microbiology and Immunology
Medical Pathology I
Introduction to Clinical Medicine II 6
Total 20


Year Two Spring Semester

Course Name Credit Hours
Medical Pharmacology 7
Medical Pathology II
Introduction to Clinical Medicine II
Total 20 

Years Three and Four

During your final two years, you'll get hands-on training in clinical clerkships in family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry and surgery. Most medical students complete their core clinical training at Columbia-area affiliated hospitals. There is also an optional clinical training at the Florence Regional Campus. 

During your fourth year: 

  • Pursue your individual interests through electives (listed by department in the OASIS scheduling system)
  • Participate in 8 four-week rotations, including acting internship and a critical care or emergency medicine rotation
  • Capstone: a one-week program of interdepartmental and interdisciplinary material designed to prepare you for the transition to residency training
  • Have direct contact with patients
  • Actively participate in the clinical setting


Year Three Fall and Spring Semesters

Course Name Credit Hours
Family Medicine Clerkship  6
Internal Medicine/Neurology Clerkship 12 
Obstetrics/Gynecology Clerkship
Pediatrics Clerkship
Psychiatry Clerkship
Surgery Clerkship
Electives (2)
Total 49

Year Four Fall and Spring Semesters 

Course Name Credit Hours
Acting Internship 4
Emergency Medicine or Critical Care Rotation
Pediatrics/Medicine/Surgery Rotation (2 out of the 3)
USMLE Step 2 Preparation 4
Electives 12
Capstone 1
Total 33

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