Academic Standards Overview

Medical Curriculum

  1. The curriculum for the MD degree at the KUSOM is a rigorous series of educational experiences that prepares each graduate for entry into a Graduate Medical Education specialty residency of their choice.  The curriculum begins with a series of thirteen consecutive and sequential modules of 4­8 weeks in duration over a two year span (Phase I) that provides the student with the foundation of knowledge and basic clinical skills needed in order to enter the full time clinical experience in the third and fourth year (Phase II).  The modules fully integrate the traditional core disciplines of physiology, biochemistry, anatomy, cell biology, embryology, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, and pathology with the social sciences and clinical skills pertinent to medicine into block experiences centered on clinical themes.  Learning occurs in three hours of lecture daily as well as small group problem solving exercises, and considerable self-study in order to instill the knowledge, problem solving skill, collaborative practice skill, and the attitude of reflective practice required of successful physicians.   The faculty work collaboratively with the students to advance their learning in a manner expected in a professional graduate level program.
  2. The curriculum is a required, structured program for the first three years.  Limited opportunities for elective  courses  are  available  for  students  in  good  academic  standing  with  approval  of  the Associate Dean for Student Affairs (ADSA) in the first three years.  Sixteen weeks of electives are required for graduation, the majority occurring in the fourth year.
  3. Student progress in the curriculum is closely monitored by the ADSA.   Students who are not achieving the minimal level of performance are engaged in an early intervention program with a learning specialist team in order to assist them to discover their optimal learning methods.    Any interruption, suspension, or delay in progress through Phase I must be approved by the ADSA. Failure  of  any  module  will  require  successful  remediation  before  advancement  to  Phase  II. Students failing a module will need permission from ADSA to proceed to the next module in the curriculum.   Any module failures will remain on the official transcript and as part of the GPA calculation despite successful remediation.  In addition, students must have taken USMLE Step I before beginning Phase II.
  4. All required modules and clerkships must be completed at KUSOM unless approved otherwise by the Academic and Professionalism Committee.
  5. Admission to the School of Medicine, progress within the curriculum and certification of graduation requirements are the responsibilities of the Academic and Professionalism Committee (APC) and its two subcommittees (Admissions, Student Promotions/Special Programs). The content, organization, implementation, and  evaluation  of  the  curriculum  are  the  responsibilities  of  the  Education  Council.  Both the APC and the Education Council consist of elected and Dean appointed faculty and student representatives elected by the student body.

Last modified: Jan 09, 2014
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