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College of Medicine | Curriculum

The goal of the College of Medicine is to produce caring and competent physicians who are capable of succeeding in their postgraduate career. The four-year program, which leads to an M.D. degree, is designed to be an integrated experience that provides the student with the educational experiences necessary to become successful physicians. The first two years have a predominance of classroom-type teaching (in lectures and in small groups) but simulated clinical experiences with standardized patients, with mannequins and task trainers as well as visits with patients in the community begin to introduce the students into clinical medicine. The curriculum, during the first two years, addresses four major objectives: provision of basic science concepts, acquisition of problem-solving strategies, development of skills which permit the performance of an adequate history and physical examination, and an introduction to the role of the physician in society. Throughout, emphasis is placed on small group instruction. The curriculum is updated continually to incorporate and integrate basic science and clinical science disciplines, and to promote decision making skills, as well as expand and improve opportunities for independent, self-directed learning. All courses are graded on an honors/pass/no pass basis.

Year 3 and year 4 are designed to provide clinical experiential learning in a variety of clinical settings including all of the core clinical disciplines. The year 3 curriculum is comprised of seven clinical core clerkships, consisting of six weeks of internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, family medicine/rural, surgery, and psychiatry; students also participate in a three week clerkship in neurology and rehabilitation medicine. During the clerkships, emphasis is placed on the development of clinical, interpersonal, and professional competence. Students also choose three selectives (3 weeks each) which give students opportunities to experience various specialties as they plan their career path. All core clerkships are graded as honors/pass/no pass, and selectives are graded as pass/no pass. Students must complete all of their 3rd year requirements at the major affiliated hospitals of the MUSC campus. In addition, all students are required to complete and pass the Clinical Practice Exam (CPX), and complete the longitudinal curriculum in ethics, geriatric medicine, public health, and medical delivery systems as part of the Fundamentals of Patient Care.

During the 4th year, students take a minimum of eight four-week rotations in addition to the capstone course, Internship 101. Each student must complete each of the following one-month rotations: a clinical externship at MUSC, an internal medicine senior core rotation at MUSC, and an advanced surgical elective which may be completed at MUSC or at an approved alternate institution. The remaining five blocks are electives which can be taken at approved sites throughout the state or country. Each student must also complete the longitudinal Fundamentals of Patient Care curriculum.

The following are designed to be representative of the course curriculum as a whole and on any given week, the hours may not be totally accurate. Additionally, since all courses in the Medical school required curriculum must be passed in order to graduate, and all grading is performed on a Pass/Fail/Honors system, there is no credit hour weighting performed on the transcript.

Year 1

 Clock Hours/Week Clock Hours/Semester
Required Courses

Lect.

Lab

Conf.

Other

Course 
Length
(weeks)

Lect.

Lab

Conf.

Other

Total

Credit Hours

First Semester           

MDCOR-701 
Fundamentals of 
Patient Care 1A

1.5

1

 

2

 

 

16

24

16

32

16

88

8

MDCOR 820 Homeostatis and Regulation A

4

   1560  15758
MDCOR 822 
Molecules and Energetics A
6   1590  5958

MDCOR 824
Structure and 

Function A

3.53  155235 8958
            
Second Semester           
MDCOR-702 Fundamentals of 
Patient Care 1B

1.5

1

2

 

15

22

15

30

16

83

8

MDCOR 821 Homeostatis and Regulation B6   1590  8988
MDCOR 823 
Molecules and Energetics B
4   1560  15758

MDCOR 825
Structure and 

Function B

33  154545  908
            

Year 2

 Clock Hours/Week Clock Hours/Semester
Required Courses

Lect.

Lab

Conf.

Other

Course 
Length (weeks)

Lect.

Lab

Conf.

Other

Total

Credit Hours

First Semester           
MDCOR-828Altered Structure and Function 2A

6

1

 

1

15

90

15

 

15

120

8

MDCOR-826 Pathogens and Host Defense 2A

5

 

1.5

1

15

75

 

22

28

125

8

MDCOR-703 Fundamentals of 
Patient Care 2A

1.5

.522

15

22

8

30

30

90

8

MDCOR-830
Pharmacotherapeutics and Nutrition 2A

5 1.51575 158988
Second Semester           
MDCOR-829Altered Structure and Function 2B

6

1

 

1

15

90

15

 

15

120

8

MDCOR-831 Pharmacotherapeutics and Nutrition 2B

5

 

1.5

0.5

15

75

 

22

8

105

8

MDCOR-704 Fundamentals of 
Patient Care 2B

1.5

.5

2

2

16

24

8

32

32

96

8

MDCOR-827 Pathogens and Host Response 2B5 1.511575 22281258

MDCOR-864
CPX2 and Board Review

          0.5
   

Year 3

Clerkships and Courses

Weeks

Credit Hours

FAMMD-861 Family Medicine/Rural Primary Care

6

8

MED-801 Medicine

6

8

OBGYN-801 Obstetrics and Gynecology

6

8

PEDS-801 Pediatrics

6

8

PSYCH-801 Psychiatry

6

8

SURG-801 Surgery 

6

8

Neuro-801 Neurology and Rehabilitiation Medicine

34

Specialty Selectives
(total of 3; roughly 70 to choose from)

9

12

MDCOR-705
Fundamentals of Patient Care 3 (longitudinal)

82

Year 4

Clerkship and Courses

Weeks

Credit
Hours

Senior Medicine Core

4

5

Advanced Surgical Elective45

Externship

45
Electives (total of 5; roughtly 120 to choose from)2025

Internship 101

34
MDCOR-806
Fundamentals of Patient Care 4 (longitudinal)
82
 
 
Last Published with Edits:July 25, 2014 12:22 PM
Last Comprehensive Review:July 2014
  
 
 
 
 

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