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Curriculum

The curriculum of the School of Medicine consists of 164 weeks of instruction over a four-year period. It is divided into three phases.

Phase 1 spans the first two years, covering the core basic science instruction and the foundations of clinical medicine.

Phase 2, year three of the curriculum, providing the core clinical experiences required of all students.

Phase 3, year four of the curriculum, builds upon the clinical foundation of Phase 2, and provides students with elective opportunities to tailor their educational experience. An independent scholarly project is required in Phase 3. Students may choose to enhance their educational program by participating in combined degree programs, such as M.D./Ph.D., M.D./M.B.A. and M.D./M.P.H., or through involvement in the M.D. Enrichment Program. The latter program allows students to enrich the standard M.D. program with up to a year of full-time academic work outside of the formal combined and dual degree programs. This enrichment experience is provided at no additional tuition cost.

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Sarah Steenbergen“My three years as a medical student serving on the Committee on Undergraduate Medical Education (CUME) has shown me how dedicated our faculty and attendings are to improving the medical school and how much they value student feedback. My election to CUME allowed me to give back to my medical school by serving as a link between my classmates and the governing body that institutes change.”

— Sarah L. Steenbergen, Class of 2011

Christopher Steele“UConn’s first priority is to train competent future physicians by placing the educational focus on the student. It is nice to know that my input is valued relating to shaping the future curriculum.”

— Christopher Steele, Class of  2014

  
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