Medical School Curriculum | UAG School of Medicine

UAG CURRICULUM

The integrated systems-based curriculum at UAG is comparable to that of a top-tier medical school in the United States. 

The curriculum at UAG School of Medicine is built on an integrated system-based approach that provides a comprehensive understanding of human biology and disease processes. The student-centered curriculum will introduce students to issues from different perspectives, stressing integrative thinking and facilitating the development of critical thinking more effectively.

This method also combines the basic and clinical sciences, resulting in a higher development of the essential abilities required for medical practice.

MS1

Students will learn the fundamentals of the human body using an innovative systems-based approach. For each organ system, each block will focus on the core topics of Genetics, Embryology, Histology, Biochemistry, Physiology, and Pathology. 

During Year 1, students will have the opportunity to practice with live patients as part of our Medicine in the Community Program, which provides quality medical care to underserved communities in the community. 

Medical School Curriculum | UAG School of Medicine
Medical School Curriculum | UAG School of Medicine

MS2

Year 2 at UAG School of Medicine will focus on a student's preparation for clinical clerkships. Continuously applying the information being taught to the clinical setting, while integrating new and previously encountered information to build a polished integrated knowledge base. 

Students will become acquainted with the clinical skills required to physically explore, address, diagnose, and manage the patient. 

MS3

Year 3 consists of 48 weeks of clinical clerkships designed to teach medical students the fundamentals of clinical examination, evaluation, and care delivery. 

The medical student will interact with actual patients during the Clinical Clerkships, but their evaluations and recommendations will be reviewed and approved by more senior physicians. The students are expected to master the knowledge required to successfully treat patients and  expected to assume the role of a physician. 

Medical School Curriculum | UAG School of Medicine
Medical School Curriculum | UAG School of Medicine

MS4

The fourth year, which consists of an additional 48 weeks of elective clerkships, accounts for one-quarter of their medical education. It is critical because it is the critical time for solidifying and broadening the foundations laid in the first three years. 

Furthermore, it is important for reasons other than immediate educational needs: it is time to better understand residency options and improve the student's opportunities for the transition to post-graduate years. 

SMALL-GROUP LEARNING  
Part of the UAG SOM medical curriculum consists of small group sessions designed to enhance. Small group sessions are an essential part of the Basic Sciences curriculum and serve to expose students to concepts from multiple perspectives, emphasizing integrative thinking. Small group work helps by:

 1) Reinforcing basic science content.  

2) Helping to place that content into an appropriate clinical context.  

3) Providing students with the opportunity to work collaboratively with and learn from their peers; and  

4) Allowing for a high degree of student-faculty contact. 

 
The UAG SOM model of small group learning is primarily based on a form of problem-based learning known as “case-based” learning, but the way in which small groups are structured varies from course to course. Students come together to discuss the case, and their solutions, with their peers and with the faculty. 
YOU’LL START AT THE BEGINNING
FIRST SEMESTER
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Fundamentals of Medicine I - 10 Weeks
The Fundamentals of Medicine I block is part of the organ-based curriculum, it is designed to increase integration of normal human biology with disease processes and clinical skills from the beginning of medical school and onward. Basic science is taught in the context of its clinical application. The block covers Molecular Biology, Histology, Embryology, Genetics, and Basic Immunology & Pathology. Always pursuing clinical reasoning skills and providing an integrative view towards the organ-based block curricula.
Anatomy 
Embryology Biochemistry Histology Pathology Physiology Genetics Immunology Molecular Biology

Cardiovascular-Pulmonary-Renal Systems I - 10 Weeks
The Cardiovascular-Pulmonary-Renal (CPR) module is a 10 weeks, multidisciplinary course. The CPR module integrates the Anatomy, Embryology, Histology, Physiology, and introduction to Pathophysiology and Pathology of those systems that are essential for understanding the causes of cardiovascular, pulmonary and renal diseases.
Anatomy 
Embryology Biochemistry Histology Pathology Physiology
SECOND SEMESTER
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Gastrointestinal-Endocrine Reproductive Systems I - 9 Weeks
The Gastrointestinal, Endocrine & Reproductive I module is a 9 weeks, multidisciplinary course that integrates the Anatomy, Embryology, Genetics, Histology, Biochemistry, Physiology, Clinical Skills Development, Problem Based Learning, and introduction to Pathophysiology and Pathology of those systems that are essential for understanding the causes of multiple diseases of the different organs.  Anatomy Embryology Biochemistry Histology Pathology Physiology
 
Musculoskeletal Medicine -  5 Weeks
The Neuroscience I block is part of the organ-based curriculum and is designed to increase the integration of normal human biology with disease processes and clinical skills from the beginning of medical school and onward. Basic science is taught in the context of its clinical application. The block covers Basic Neuroscience, Histology, Embryology, Neuroanatomy, and Clinical Neurology. Always pursuing clinical reasoning skills and providing an integrative view towards the organ-based block curricula.
Anatomy Biochemistry Histology Pathology Physiology Pharmacology

Neuroscience I -  6 Weeks
The Neuroscience I block is part of the organ-based curriculum and is designed to increase the integration of normal human biology with disease processes and clinical skills from the beginning of medical school and onward. Basic science is taught in the context of its clinical application. The block covers Basic Neuroscience, Histology, Embryology, Neuroanatomy, and Clinical Neurology. Always pursuing clinical reasoning skills and providing an integrative view towards the organ-based block curricula.
Neuroscience Neuroanatomy Neurophysiology Pharmacology Clinical Neurology 
THIRD SEMESTER
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Fundamentals of Medicine II -  6 Weeks
The Fundamentals of Medicine II block covers pathophysiology, microbiology, host defense, physical diagnosis, and treatment of different infectious diseases (bacteria, virus, fungi and parasites). Additionally, we will review immune disorders as well as pharmacological treatment for such conditions, and epidemiologic approach of such conditions, always pursuing clinical reasoning skills.
Anatomy Biochemistry Histology Pathology Physiology Pharmacology Immunology Microbiology

Cardiovascular-Respiratory-Renal Systems II  - 8 Weeks
The Cardiovascular, Respiratory, and Renal Systems II Block is a multidisciplinary course that integrates the Pathology, Pathophysiology, Microbiology and Pharmacology with previously acquired knowledge and Clinical Skills from Cardiovascular, Respiratory, and Renal Systems I Course.
Anatomy Biochemistry Histology Pathology Physiology Pharmacology Immunology Microbiology

Neuroscience II  - 5 Weeks
Neuroscience II deals mainly with the study and management of mental illness, emotional disturbance, and abnormal behavior, and integrates related Pharmacology and Microbiology of CNS infections with previously acquired knowledge and Clinical Skills.
Pathology Psychiatry Microbiology Pharmacology 

Medical Ethics, Humanistic Medicine and Medical Psychology  - 6 Weeks
Humanistic Medicine and Medical Ethics course deals with an understanding of the role of the physician in providing what is best for the patient while supporting the patient’s decision. Learning the pillars in which decisions are founded and how they relate to laws and the importance and extent of confidence, responsibility, and commitment from the physician to the patient.  
Medical Ethics Principles Medical Professionalism Informed Consent 
FOURTH SEMESTER
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Gastrointestinal, Endocrine and Reproductive Systems II - 8 Weeks
Gastrointestinal, Endocrine & Reproductive Systems II module is a multidisciplinary block that integrates the Pathology, Pathophysiology, Microbiology and Pharmacology with previously acquired knowledge and Clinical Skills.
Anatomy Biochemistry Histology Pathology Physiology Pharmacology Immunology Microbiology

Hematologic and Integumentary Systems - 6 Weeks
Hematology, Genomics, & Integumentary Systems module is a multidisciplinary block that integrates the Pathology, Pathophysiology, Microbiology and Pharmacology, as well as Genomic Medicine, with previously acquired knowledge and Clinical Skills.
Anatomy Biochemistry Histology Pathology Physiology Pharmacology Immunology Microbiology

Medical Ethics, and Humanistic Medicine - 6 Weeks
Humanistic Medicine and Medical Ethics course deals with an understanding of the role of the physician in providing what is best for the patient while supporting the patient’s decision. Learning the pillars in which decisions are founded and how they relate to laws and the importance and extent of confidence, responsibility, and commitment from the physician to the patient.  
Medical Ethics Principles Medical Professionalism Informed Consent

Research Methodology - 7 Weeks
Research methods course uses themes previously defined in the context of the methodology that are required for research. Activities were designed so that students can apply these themes into the active elaboration of a research protocol or a review article with the possibility to be sent for publication.
Research Methodology Epidemiology Biostatistics Preventive Medicine Public Health
 
THROUGHOUT ALL BLOCKS - ALL SEMESTER
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Clinical Skills Development - Throughout all blocks, all semesters
The Clinical Skills Development Program is a longitudinal course throughout the basic sciences blocks of the System Based Program (also known as the preclinical years). It is meant to integrate the knowledge obtained through the diverse learning modules (blocks) along with the learning of the medical propaedeutics to train the student in the arts of the Practice of Medicine, to communicate in a professional and empathetic manner with the patients, families and other healthcare professionals, being responsive to the patient's needs.
Clinical Skills Medical Propaedeutics Doctor-patient relationship Clinical Pathology Clinical Physiology Anatomy with clinical correlation
TWO CLINICAL YEARS WHICH CAN BE DONE IN MEXICO, U.S. OR PUERTO RICO, U.S.
THIRD YEAR
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Fifth & Sixth Semester
Core Clinical Clerkship Rotations 48 Weeks
  • Family Medicine 8 Weeks
  • Internal Medicine 8 Weeks
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 Weeks
  • Pediatrics 8 Weeks
  • Surgery 8 Weeks
  • Emergency Medicine 4 Weeks
  • Psychiatry / Neurology 4 Weeks
FOURTH YEAR
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Seventh & Eighth Semester
Elective Clinical Clerkship Rotations 44 Weeks

Endocrinology
Infectious Diseases
Neurology
Dermatology
Clinical Nutrition
Ophthalmology
Otorhinolaryngology
Orthopedic Surgery
Rheumatology
Urology
Hematology / Oncology
Pain Medicine
Radiology
Geriatric Medicine
Anesthesiology

 

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