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Revolutionary changes in health care demand a different type of physician. The ForWard Curriculum replaces the traditional model of medical education — two years of basic science followed by two years of clinical experiences — with a three-phase model that fully integrates basic, public health and clinical sciences throughout our medical students' education.

ForWard Curriculum key features

  • Competency-based curriculum requiring collaboration of medical educators across all years of the curriculum
  • Deliberate developmental sequencing of 10 important content areas or “threads” across the curriculum
  • Intensive longitudinal coaching by some of our very best teaching faculty to assist students in their professional skill development
  • High-quality interprofessional and team-based educational opportunities including the successful small group-based learning that is a primary feature of Phase 1 called Patient Centered Education (PaCE) Cases
  • Longitudinal public health and system-based practice opportunities with special emphasis on “hands-on” application of knowledge in clinical and community settings
  • Earlier entry into clinical clerkships to facilitate career exploration and competitiveness for residency selection
  • Advanced learning opportunities for better internship preparation

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) curriculum emphasizes team-based learning with a special emphasis on the hands-on application of knowledge in clinical and community settings.

The ForWard Curriculum is delivered in three phases:

ForWard Curriculum Tools

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