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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.

The following two years are primarily designed to provide clinical experiential learning on a variety of clinical rotations most often designated by traditional disciplines. The 3rd year consists of six clinical core clerkships. The clinical core consists of six weeks each of internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, family medicine/rural, surgery, and psychiatry. During the clerkships, emphasis is placed on the development of clinical, interpersonal, and professional competence. Students also have the opportunity to choose four three-week selectives which are designed to give the student an opportunity to experience different specialties in order to aid them in their career planning and specialty choice. All courses are graded on an honors/pass/no pass basis. Students must complete all of their 3rd year requirements on campus and may not participate in any rotations other than those at MUSC.

During the 4th year, students take a minimum of eight four-week rotations. The student is required to take a clinical externship and one month each of surgery and internal medicine. The remaining five blocks are electives which can be taken at approved sites throughout the state or country. In addition, students are required to complete and pass the Clinical Practice Exam (CPX).

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.

 

First Academic Year

Clock Hours/WeekClock 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

156015758
MDCOR 822 
Molecules and Energetics A
615905958

MDCOR 824
Structure and 
Function A

3.531552358958
 
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 B615908988
MDCOR 823 
Molecules and Energetics B
4156015758

MDCOR 825
Structure and 
Function B

33154545908
 

Second Academic Year

 Clock Hours/WeekClock 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

51.51575158988
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 2B51.51157522281258

MDCOR-864
CPX2 and Board Review

0.5
 

Third Academic Year

Internships

Weeks

Semester
Credit
Hours

Fall and Spring Core Internships*

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

Junior Selectives** 

Specialty Selectives

3

4

Longitudinal Experience

MDCOR-705
Fundamentals of Patient Care 3

8

2

 

Fourth Academic Year

Internships & Externships***

Weeks

Semester
Credit
Hours

One Required Externship

 Externships

4

5

Other required courses

Advanced Surgical Core

45
Advanced Medicine Core45

MDCOR-806
Careers in Medicine IV
(longitudinal)

41
MDCOR-877
Senior Mentor Program IV (longitudinal)
41
4th year  electives20 (5)5

Elective Program

Approximately 175 elective courses are available in blocks of two or four weeks. Twenty-five credit hours of electives are required.

** offered as 3 week courses (July through December and January through June in several sections) which do not take place in a classroom setting and may be on- or off-campus in the following departments: Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Medicine, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, Radiology, Surgery, and Urology.

*** offered as 2 and 4 week courses which do not take place in a classroom setting and may be on- or off-campus.

Students must take one course designated MC and one course designated SC in the title to fulfill the advanced Medicine and Surgery requirements. Students must also take a 4 week externship. 

Students must take an additional 25 elective credits for a total of 40 credits of senior coursework. A maximum of 5 credits of longitudinal courses can count toward these 40 credits of senior coursework.

Electives/Externships in the following departments: Anesthesiology, Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Medicine, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Otolaryngology, Pathology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, Radiology, Surgery, and Urology. 

 
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