ACE Curriculum
The ACE Curriculum (Active-learning, Competency-based, Excellence-driven) consists of an integrated block structure based on organ systems that systematically introduces foundational and clinical content across the four years.  With the exception of the Introduction to Doctoring block, each block is nine weeks in length with the ninth week used for assessment, remediation and enrichment activities.  Introduction to Doctoring is a three-week block focusing on history and physical exams skills, as well as aspects of evidenced-based medicine and social determinants of health.
Learn more about the ACE curriculum.

Year 1
ACED 800  Introduction to Doctoring, 3 weeks
Director: David Naylor, MD

ACED 805  Molecular and Cellular Medicine, 9 weeks
Director: Joe Fontes, PhD

ACED 810  Infection, Blood and Immunity, 9 weeks
Director: Michael Robinson, PhD

ACED  815  Respiration and Circulation, 9 weeks
Director: John Wood, PhD

ACED 820  Gastrointestinal and Renal, 9 weeks
Directors: Beth Levant, PhD and Raj Bhattacharya, MD

Legacy Currciulum
The legacy curriculum consists of modules and clerkships in years one through four of the four-year medical school program. These modules integrate core basic science disciplines including anatomy, biochemistry, histology, microbiology, neuroscience, pathology, pharmacology, and physiology as well as basic clinical skills, preventive medicine, ethics, behavioral sciences, and other topics relevant to clinical practice.

Year 2
CORE 835  Musculoskeletal and Soft Tissue, 4 weeks
Director: George Enders, PhD
Clinical Co-Director: Kim Templeton, MD

CORE 840  Brain and Behavior, 8 weeks
Director: Dianne Durham, PhD
Clinical Co-Director: Gary Gronseth, MD

CORE 845  Blood and Lymph, 4 weeks
Directors: Mark Cunningham, MD and Chris Crenner, MD
Clinical Co-Director: Sid Ganguly, MD

CORE 850  Infectious Diseases, 6 weeks
Director: Wolf Zueckert, PhD
Clinical Co-Director: Jessica Newman, DO

CORE 860  Integration and Consolidation, 8 weeks
Director: Beth Levant, PhD
Co-Director: Jim Fishback, MD

Year 3
In year three, students take required clerkships in core clinical disciplines: Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Surgery. Also in year 3, students take Issues in Clinical Medicine. During year four, students complete additional required clerkships and courses (Rural Preceptorship, Critical Care, Health of the Public, Subinternship) and electives. Credit hours for required courses, clerkships, and electives are listed below.

Clinical Component, Kansas City and Salina (KC/S), Wichita Campus (W)
Student clerkship experiences take place in the hospital and clinic settings. Clerkships may take place in the University of Kansas Hospital and clinics or in affiliated hospitals and clinics, depending on departmental arrangements. Clerkships include rotation on the teaching services, teaching rounds, departmental case conferences, and weekly Grand Rounds.

  • FAPR 955 Family Medicine Clerkship
  • GERO 900 Geriatrics Medicine Clerkship
  • GYNO 900 Obstetrics/Gynecology Clerkship
  • MED 900 Internal Medicine Clerkship
  • NEUR 900 Neurology Clerkship
  • PED 900 General Pediatrics Clerkship
  • PYCH 955 Psychiatry Clerkship
  • SURG 900 Junior Surgery Clerkship
  • ICM 900 Issues in Clinical Medicine
  • FCMD 950 Family Medicine Clerkship
  • GERI 950 Geriatrics Medicine Clerkskhip
  • OBGN 975 Obstetrics/Gynecology Clerkship
  • INMD 975 InternalMedicine Clerkship
  • NROL 950 Neurology Clerkship
  • PDRC 975 Pediatrics Clerkship
  • PSCR 950 Psychiatry Clerkship
  • SGRY 975 Junior Surgery
  • ICM 975 Issues in Clinical Medicine

Course and Clerkship Directors

Clerkship - Kansas City Campus Clerkship Administrator Assistant Clerkship Director(s)
Family Medicine Stephanie Carter
Drs. Hannah Maxfield, Sarah Marks
Geriatrics Janet Cozza
Sharee Wiggins
Dr. James Birch
Internal Medicine Marcia Pressly
Drs. Isaac Opole, Gary Doolittle,
David Becker, Jennifer Fink, Michael Rouse
Neurology Paula Mengel
Dr. Yunxia Wang
Ob/Gyn Lorraine Helm
Drs. John Calkins, Kimberly Swan
Pediatrics Patricia Cook
Drs. Lore Nelson, Grace Brouillette
Psychiatry Lesley Leive
Drs. William Gabrielli and Shilpa Sachdeva
Surgery Nicole Crump 
Laurie Wood
Dr. Peter DiPasco
Issues in Clinical Medicine Benito Berardo
Drs. Carla Keirns and Mark Meyer
Clerkship - Salina Campus Clerkship Administrator Assistant Clerkship Director(s)
Family Medicine Lucy Kollhoff
Drs. M. Chantel Long and Sara Johnston
Geriatrics Lucy Kollhoff
Dr. C. Scott Owings
Internal Medicine Lucy Kollhoff
Drs. Henry Reed and Jon Richards
Neurology Lucy Kollhoff
Dr. Trent Davis
Ob/Gyn Lucy Kollhoff
Drs. Chris Graber and Leslie Ablard
Pediatrics Lucy Kollhoff
Drs. Alisa Bridge and Brian Harvey
Psychiatry Lucy Kollhoff
Dr. Alisha Coulson
Surgery Lucy Kollhoff
Drs. Chris Rupe and Mike Johnson
Issues In Clinical Medicine Lucy Kollhoff
Dr. C. Scott Owings
Clerkship - Wichita Campus Clerkship Administrator Director(s)
Family Medicine Mary Hursey
Drs. Laura Mayans
Geriatrics Erica Ortiz
Drs. John Dorsch and Gerard Brungardt
Internal Medicine Jean Olsen
Jaime Schadegg
Drs. Tiffany Schwasinger-Schmidt and Ali Jahansooz
Neurology Sara Roberts
Jaime Schadegg
Dr. Jon Schrage
Ob/Gyn Rachel Garner
Dr. Michael Brown
Pediatrics Donnita Pelser
Dr. Mark Harrison
Psychiatry Ronda Magness
Dr. Cheryl Wehler
Surgery Katie Flessner
Dr. Therese Cusick
Issues in Clinical Medicine Ally Turner 316-293-3594 Dr. Garold Minns


Year 4
The fourth-year curriculum allows students to design a personalized course of study.The selectives enable students to make choices about
their courses, but these choices must include a selection in the following specific areas of study: rural medicine, critical care, health of
the public, and a subinternship.

FAPR 900 (KC) Preceptorship 4 RLMD 976 or RLMD 977 or RLMD 978 (W) Rural Medicine 4
Critical Care Selective 4 Critical Care Selective 4
PMED 960 (KC) Population Health in Practice 4 PVMD 975 (W) Population Health in Practice 4
Subinternship Selective 4 Subinternship Selective 4
Electives 16
(At least 12 hours of electives must be clinical.)
Electives 16
(At least 12 hours of electives must be clinical.)

Course requirements for the M.D. Degree(Fourth Year = 32 weeks/8 months)

Population Health in Practice - PMED 960 - (4 wks) - only offered in January, February and April - Contact person: Leslie Sullivan, X8-2791  
Rural Preceptorship - FAPR 900 - (4 wks) - Contact person: Hannah Ratchford, X8-8221
Subinternship (4 wks) - Choose from: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Ob-Gyn, Otolaryngology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, General Surgery,
Plastic Surgery or Neurosurgery
Critical Care Selective (4 wks) - Choose from: Anesthesia, ICU Medicine, CCU Medicine, Neonatology, Pediatrics, Burn Center,
Neurosurgery or ICU Surgery
Electives (16 wks): No more than 4 credits of non-clinical/patient care electives can be counted toward graduation credits.
A minimum of 12 credits of electives must be clinical/patient care electives.

4th Year Clinical Schedule Information

  • 4th year track selection
  • Sub I requirements and forms
  • Critical Care Requirements and forms
  • Elective requirements and forms
  • Special Program/Externship information
  • Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) application instructions and participation hospitals and schools
  • Click here to learn more...

4th Year Clerkship/Course Contacts

Kansas City



Population Health in Practice Leslie Sullivan
Drs. Ed Ellerbeck, Catherine Satterwhite,
Ky Stoltzfus
Rural Preceptorship Neesa Montoya
Dr. Michael Kennedy
Family Medicine Stephanie Carter
Dr. Hannah Maxfield
Internal Medicine Marcia Pressly
Dr. Jeff Beasley
OB/GYN Lorraine Helm
Dr. John Calkins
Otolaryngology Samantha Hall
Dr. Carrie Francis
Pediatrics Patricia Cook
Dr. Lore Nelson
Surgery Dr. Peter DiPasco Dr. Peter DiPasco

Wichita Courses



Population Health in Practice Mat Hotzel 316-293-3531 Dr. Robert Badgett
Rural Preceptorship - Internal Medicine Jean Olsen
Dr. Samuel Akidiva
Rural Preceptorship - Pediatrics Donnita Pelser Dr. Mark Harrison
Rural Preceptorship - Family Medicine Erica Ortiz
Dr. John Dorsch
Family & Community Medicine Erica Ortiz
Dr. John Dorsch
Internal Medicine Jean Olsen
Dr. Samuel Akidiva
Pediatrics Donnita Pelser
Dr. Mark Harrison
OB/GYN Rachel Garner
Dr. Michael Brown
Surgery Katie Flessner
Dr. Therese Cusick
Psychiatry Ronda Magness
Dr. Cheryl Wehler


Curriculum Activities
Lecture: Lectures are typically held between 9 am and noon, Monday-Friday. Lecture scheduling varies for each module.
Students are reminded to check the latest calendar posting to ensure that they are aware of the lecture schedule.

Small Group: Small group meetings in which students analyze and discuss topics related specifically to the module content.

 Histopathology Lab:  The University of Kansas, School of Medicine is a leader in virtual microscopy for the study of
histopathology in undergraduate medical education. Students view virtual slides via the Aperio Digital Pathology software. Each
laboratory integrates histology and pathology with a detailed protocol provided through the JayDocs Learning Management System. The protocol includes links to digital slides, a narrated overview of each virtual slide, and appropriate clinical cases. The difficulty and amount of pathology content in the clinical cases increases as students advance; from the 4 basic tissues and the integumentary system in the Foundations module, to more complex organs and organ pathology in later modules. Active learning is achieved through peer-to-peer teaching coupled with the students' developing their own specific learning objectives and an atlas for each laboratory. A faculty instructor/facilitator is present in each room to facilitate the sessions and provide further detail and input to student learning of the pathophysiology of disease. At the end of each session, students take an on-line quiz, based on the content for that lab. Questions are designed to integrate histology and pathology, through the use of clinical vignettes.

Gross Anatomy Lab: Activity in which students dissect human cadavers to learn the size, shape, feel and location of anatomical structures and how these structures can vary from one body to another.

Clinical Skills Lab: Lab activities include Standardized Patient (SP) encounters that are integrated into the modules and will sometimes correlate with PBL sessions. There are also scheduled small group sessions with Physical Exam Teaching Assistants (PETAs) during which students will learn and practice the clinical exam components that correlate with the modules.

Problem-Based-Learning (PBL). Student-centered, small group activity that allows students to examine a hypothetical case relevant to a particular module. The PBL case is a 2-session activity in which students sequentially receive case information and must analyze and diagnose the patient’s condition. The PBL case sometimes involves interacting with a Standardized Patient in the Neis Clinical Skills Laboratory. This activity helps students develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills as applied in a clinical setting.

Preceptor Visit. Each student is assigned to a preceptor whom they shadow in a clinical setting. Each visit with the preceptor is an opportunity to practice skills learned during lectures and in the clinical skills lab. It is also an opportunity to observe and learn how to be a medical professional. The goal of preceptor visits is to provide general exposure to clinical skills in various settings. Preceptors represent a wide variety of disciplines that may not always directly address the content area specific to any given module. The visits, however, do provide an opportunity for students to better understand clinical skills and professional practices.

Neuro Lab. This activity is unique to the Brain and Behavior module in Year 2. The purpose of these sessions is to teach students about the general organization of the central nervous system, the major pathways that subserve its sensory and motor functions, and its vascular supply. In the lab sessions, instructors will use gross brain specimens, photographs and drawings from the Haines atlas, as well as other diagrams and photographs, to illustrate the laboratory material.

Writing Assignments: Modules may include a brief writing assignment that include such topics as health disparities and health care issues that impact the elderly.


Faculty/Physician Information

Serving as a Preceptor
The KU School of Medicine uses community physicians to serve as preceptors. Students consistently rate the preceptor experience as one of the “best parts” of their medical school education and state that these experiences are invaluable for learning to apply learned skills in “real life” settings. Preceptors report that these teaching experiences are meaningful and rewarding opportunities to impart their knowledge, skills and attitudes to students.

Preceptors meet with their assigned student(s) for 3-4 hours per module (seven times in Year 1; six times in Year 2) and receive a copy of the “objectives” for each module visit prior to the student visit.

Volunteer preceptors must have a Volunteer Faculty Appointments at the University of Kansas. As a volunteer faculty member, preceptors have full access to Dykes Library, the Kirmayer Fitness Center and will be assigned a KU e-mail account.


Serving as a PBL Facilitator
Problem-Based-Learning (PBL) is a student-centered, small group activity that allows students to examine a hypothetical case relevant to a particular module. This activity helps students develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills as applied in a clinical setting. The role of the facilitator is to encourage participation, monitor the group's progress and provides guidance when necessary. The facilitator neither lectures nor leads the activity.
Facilitators agree to meet with their assigned group for each PBL session during an entire academic year. Occasionally, two facilitators are assigned to one group. In this case, it is common for facilitators to take turns facilitating sessions. On occasion, both facilitators decide to attend each session.

If you would like to serve as a preceptor or a PBL facilitator, please contact Dorothea Paiva at 913-945-6671 or


CME Credit
Volunteer preceptors are eligible to claim up to 20 hours of self-reported AAFP Prescribed credit for teaching medical students. This activity is also eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 credit. At the end of the academic year, preceptors receive a frame-able certificate and a letter of appreciation.


  • Who to contact for preceptor extensions:
    Kansas City: Pam Shaw, MD, Medical Director of Neis Clinical Skills Lab
    Salina: Michael Robinson, PhD, Associate Director of Basic Sciences
    Wichita: Garold Minns, MD, Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs

  • Who to contact for questions about grades:
    Regarding a score or grade, please contact the module director.
    Regarding the posting of scores in the JayDocs gradebook or in Enroll and Pay, please contact Melissa Quearry.

  • Who to contact with questions about curriculum activities (small group, PBL, histopathology lab, gross lab):
    The module director.
  • Who to contact for questions about activities in the Clinical Skills Lab
    Clinical Skills Lab staff.


Phase I Staff

  • Melissa Quearry, MPA
    Program Director, Medical Education
    School of Medicine, Dean's Office
    Office of Medical Education
    3015 Robinson
    MS 1055, 3901 Rainbow Boulevard
    Kansas City, Kansas 66160
    tel: 913-588-7211
    fax: 913-588-7235

  • Dorothea Paiva, MA
    Coordinator, Phase I Curriculum
    School of Medicine, Dean's Office
    Office of Medical Education
    3051 Robinson
    MS 1055, 3901 Rainbow Boulevard
    Kansas City, Kansas 66160
    tel: 913-945-6671
    fax: 913-588-7235

Last modified: Oct 02, 2017