Undergraduate Medical Education
The School of Medicine provides an unparalleled education that prepares students to be excellent, well-rounded physicians. Our three-fold mission is medical education, research and clinical care.
Undergraduate Medical Education in the School of Medicine—the program leading to the M.D. degree—provides the essential knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to become a competent, caring physician. The curriculum fosters the education of physicians who have strong basic science knowledge and clinical skills by promoting integration between the two curriculum areas, between the clinical education program and the practice environment, and between the College and the community.
The first-year curriculum consists of coursework in anatomy, embryology, histology, cell biology, biochemistry, physiology, neuroscience and behavioral science. These courses are supplemented by clinical case correlations. In addition, all students are enrolled in the Foundations of Clinical Medicine Course, Ethics, Community and Preventative medicine, and Biostatistics/ Epidemiology. In addition to coursework in the classroom, all students are paired with primary care clinicians in their offices to learn techniques in medical interviewing and communication, physical examination and the fundamentals of the doctor-patient relationship.
The second-year curriculum has a strong focus in pathology and pathophysiology, pharmacology, and microbiology. In addition, students enroll in Ethics 2 and the Foundations of Clinical Medicine Two course to become more proficient in medical interviewing, physical examination, and critical thinking. Teaching formats for these courses emphasize small-group discussion, with a smaller percentage of class time spent in large lectures as compared to year one.
Third-year clinical clerkships include required rotations in medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, clinical neuroscience and family medicine. The school's location (just north of New York City) and large network of hospital affiliates afford clinical training opportunities in demographically and clinically diverse settings. Complementing their clinical experiences, all third year students also participate in a required Translational Research selective.
Fourth-year requirements include a subinternship rotation in the discipline of the student’s choice, and additional requirements in Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, and Diagnostic Medicine and Radiology. Students also have several weeks of elective rotations as well as a required Transition to Residency Program prior to graduation.
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