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About Dean Lawrence Chin, MD with students
Dr. Lawrence Chin, Dean of the College of Medicine, chats with students outside of Weiskotten Hall. The College of Medicine curriculum rolling out in Fall 2023 will feature enhanced clinical experiences and more options for students to personalize their education.

Curriculum Renewal

Summary of Curriculum Proposals

This proposed overall curriculum modification includes four major structural elements:

  • Revision of the pre-clerkship foundational science curriculum from a two-pass organ-based, four-semester structure, to a single-pass organ-based, three-semester structure. As part of this structural change, lecture and small group teaching and learning will increasingly use more active and experiential delivery methods, including flipped classrooms, problem-based, and team-based learning.
  • Introduction of a longitudinal clinical experience in the pre-clerkship curriculum, to include an outpatient preceptorship, simulation, inpatient sessions, interprofessional education, and community engagement. This will foster further integration of clinical with foundational science curricula.
  • Expansion of curriculum in health systems science and health equity throughout the first three years of the curriculum.
  • Addition of a 3-Year Accelerated MD Pathway

The proposed three-year pathway (3YP) will use the same curriculum structure, instructional formats, and assessments methods as the traditional four-year pathway, except for the following:

  • 3YP students will be required to complete a minimum of 18 elective credits for graduation compared to a minimum of 25 credits for 4-year students.
  • In order to complete all credits within the time allotted and to foster relationships with mentors in their chosen residency, students will be required to take 8 weeks of required elective credits as customized electives during the summer between the first and second year within the discipline of their chosen residency; this will count toward the 18 required elective credits.

Goals of Curriculum Renewal

  1. Enhance the student educational experience by
    • Further integrating foundational and clinical sciences through a longitudinal
    • pre-clerkship clinical experience and more foundational science in the clerkships
    • Increasing use of experiential/active learning
    • Fostering innovation in the curriculum
  2. Enhance the curriculum in health systems science and health equity.
  3. Develop a 3-year track for appropriate candidates, which would improve the efficiency and lower the cost of medical school for those students.
  4. Recruit and retain students interested in staying in central New York for their careers by offering curricular options that support them.
  5. Refine and/or establish more explicit individualized educational opportunities to support professional and career goals