The ForWard Curriculum is comprised of longitudinal, integrated threads that are woven across all three phases of the MD program.

Threads are critical content areas linked to the School of Medicine and Public Health graduation competencies. Topics within each thread are developmentally sequenced and incorporated within each block. The thoughtful sequencing and transparency of threads allows this content to be carefully monitored and flow seamlessly across all phases of the curriculum, creating a rich and robust experience for UWSMPH medical students.

The 10 UW School of Medicine and Public Health threads are:

Thread directors

Scott Mead, MD

Ethics, health information technology, interpersonal and communication skills, patient care, professionalism and lifelong learning


Department of Medicine