Curriculum Renewal - the future of medicine, here at Upstate.

Curriculum Office
Setnor Academic Building
Rm. 4508, 766 Irving Ave.
Syracuse, NY 13210
Map & directions
Phone: 315 464-5187
Fax: 315 464-6025

Curriculum Renewal Contacts:
Thomas Poole, PhD
Assistant Dean, Foundational Sciences
4508 Setnor Hall

Sarah Edwards, MS
Director, Phase 1 Curriculum
4508 Setnor Hall

Introducing a new systems-based curriculum.

  • 2-pass, organ-based system units
    (6 each year)
  • Collaborative Co-Directors for each unit (MD & PhD)
  • Small, case-based learning groups
  • PBL (Problem-Based Learning) principles, integrated with all foundational science units
  • Emphasis on clinical relevance in first two years
  • Step 1 and National Exam appropriate content
  • Active Learning
  • Life-long Learning
  • Interprofessional Education

Upstate Medical University's College of Medicine has stream-lined its curriculum to incorporate more clinical context and innovative self-directed learning for students in the pre-clerkship years.  The new "UP curriculum" resulted from a thorough examination of existing courses, with input from university leadership, faculty and students.  The result is a unified path, designed for maximum relevance and efficiency. 

Upstate Medical University hopes to prepare students for lifelong learning in complex health care systems and to increase integration of the basic and clinical sciences, allowing students to apply science concepts throughout their education and increase comprehension and retention of medical knowledge. 

We are excited to be implementing our Unified Pre-clerkship (UP) Curriculum as the first phase of curricular renewal, beginning August 8, academic year 2016-2017.

Please visit our website frequently to be a part of the changes that are happening at Upstate.

Curriculum Renewal Members