MD DEGREE PROGRAM BREAKDOWN

PREMEDICAL COMPONENT

5 YEAR MD DEGREE PROGRAM STARTS HERE

The Premedical program sets a strong foundation in the sciences, and this allow students to be prepared for the Medical degree program. Student must obtain at least 90 credits to meet the minimum entry requirement into the Medical Degree program.

COURSE BREAKDOWN

Semester 1

  • Mathematics I: Algebra and Calculus
  • English Language I
  • General Chemistry I
  • Biology I

Semester 2

  • Mathematics II: Biostatistics

  • English Language II

  • General Chemistry II

  • Biology II

Semester 3

  • Physics I

  • Organic Chemistry I

  • Intro to Psychology

  • Research Work

  • Scholar Literary

Semester 4

  • Sociology

  • Organic Chemistry II

  • Physics II

  • Intro to Nutrition

 

BASIC SCIENCES COMPONENT

4 YEAR MD DEGREE PROGRAM STARTS HERE

Basic Sciences phase sets a strong foundation for students before they transition into the Clerkship phase of their program.

COURSE BREAKDOWN

Semester 1

  • Human Gross Anatomy

  • Embryology

  • Epidemiology and Preventative Medicine

  • Histology and Cell Biology

  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine I

Semester 2

  • Medical Biochemistry

  • Medical Physiology

  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine II

  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Genetics

Semester 3

  • Behavioral Sciences
  • General Pathology I
  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine III
  • Neuroscience
  • Medical Genetics

Semester 4

  • Systemic Pathology

  • Medical Pharmacology

  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine IV

  • Nutrition

Semester 5

  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine V

  • Pre Clinical Review

CLINICAL CLERKSHIP CURRICULUM

CORE CLINICAL CLERKSHIP

Students who have successfully completed all of their basic medical sciences course work and who have passed the Comprehensive NBME CBSE with a score of 200 can commence their core clinical clerkship rotations. Students will be guided by the Dean of Clinical Affairs and Clinical Coordinator in making the arrangements for their clinical clerkship placement.

Students spend the first 48 weeks completing the core clinical specialties: Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Surgery, Psychiatry, Pediatrics and Obstetrics and Gynecology. The core rotations lay the foundation for the elective rotations done in the remaining 32 weeks. Further details regarding the clinical clerkship curriculum can be found in the Student Handbook.

ELECTIVE ROTATIONS

Fourth year medical students must successfully complete a minimum of 32 weeks of elective rotations in their field of choice.

Students must complete all core rotations before electives.

CORE CLINICAL ROTATIONS EVALUATIONS

Each student must be evaluated by the Clinical Faculty Preceptor at the midway point and end of the scheduled rotation. Each student is required to complete an evaluation form assessing the clinical preceptor and the clinical rotation. The rotation is not completed until all evaluation forms are completed and received. If a student’s performance is not up to par, that student will be notified by the clinical preceptor and the necessary measures, such as counseling, will be taken to improve the student’s performance. If a student fails a core clinical rotation s/he cannot move forward to the next academic year without remediation of the failed rotation.

CLINICAL ROTATIONS SCHEDULED MEETINGS

Clinical Students are required to attend a monthly meeting with the Dean of Clinical Affairs and also the Clinical Chair. These meetings can be conducted at the hospital site where the rotation takes place or via teleconferencing media.

CORE CLERKSHIP ROTATION DESCRIPTIONS

INTERNAL MEDICINE

The Internal Medicine clerkship is for a duration of 12 weeks. Students are expected to be competent in taking a patient’s medical history and performing a physical examination. They are required to formulate a list of differential diagnosis and a management plan for each case seen. Internal Medicine is a broad specialty and the core of Medicine. Students will be expected to have exposure to patients with a variety of conditions in the areas of cardiorespiratory, hematology, oncology, rheumatology, neurology, gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary diseases, renal and fluid electrolyte imbalance, endocrine and geriatrics medical cases. By the end of the Internal Medicine rotation, the student is expected to apply the core competencies and procedural skills in the management of a vast array of medical conditions. The achievement of these competencies will be reflected in the evaluation of the student by the preceptor.

GENERAL SURGERY

The General Surgery clerkship is for a duration of 12 weeks. In addition to the core competencies outlined above, students are expected to have a thorough exposure to surgical problems during which they develop surgical skills, knowledge, attitudes and behavior necessary for all physicians. Students will be expected to perform venipuncture, placement of intravenous catheter, insertion of a nasogastric tube and urinary catheter, suturing wounds, removing sutures and staples in post-surgical patients, scrubbing techniques, operating room protocols, and assist in surgical cases. Students should be competent in the pre-op, intra-op and post-op care of the patient.

PEDIATRICS

Pediatrics Core Clerkship is for a duration of 6 weeks. This rotation requires students to demonstrate patience and sensitivity when dealing with ill neonates, children and their worried and concerned parents. Students will be involved in pediatric health promotion, screening tool, immunization of newborns and adolescents, taking the history of a pediatric patient and developing age appropriate differential diagnosis. Students will learn about the use of APGAR score, growth curves and charts and performance of procedures under the supervision of their preceptors.

PSYCHIATRY

The duration of the Psychiatry rotation is 6 weeks. Students should be in tune with the verbal and extra verbal language of the patient. They should be versed in both psychiatric and general medical knowledge and skills, with emphasis on clinical neurologic physiopathology in order to make effective differential diagnosis between mental illnesses and general medical conditions. Students are required to have exposure to cases involving mood disorders, psychotic and personality disorders, anxiety disorders, cognitive disorders, substance use disorders, somatoform disorders, suicidal risks, psychotherapy and psychopharmacological treatment. At the end of this rotation, students should be able to develop and demonstrate certain core competencies during their encounters with psychiatric cases.

OBSTETRICS AND GYNECOLOGY

The duration of the Obstetrics and Gynecology rotation is 6 weeks. The rotation is designed to acquire and develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to manage common and important clinical problems that women present with in the discipline of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Students should be able to elicit a detailed obstetrical, gynecological and sexual history, perform basic techniques and physical examination relevant to the discipline, such as pap smear, pelvic and cervical exams, Leopold maneuver and fundal height measurement, obstetrical ultrasound and breast examination. Students should be knowledgeable about common conditions such as ante-partum hemorrhage, diabetes and hypertension in pregnancy, pre-natal screening, labor and its progression, post-partum care and complications, abnormal vaginal conditions, contraception, infertility and menopause. It is expected that students would develop the knowledge and judgment necessary to manage a patient presenting with these problems.

FAMILY MEDICINE

The duration of the Family Medicine Rotation is 6 weeks. The Family Medicine Clerkship is structured to provide an outstanding learning experience for medical students by teaching them the importance of primary care in any health care system, with emphasis on prevention and wellness, acute and chronic illnesses, also community and population medicine. The aim is to instill in students the Family Medicine principles that define the profession, which should guide all educational activities accordingly in the:

  • Context of care
  • Continuity of care
  • Comprehensive care
  • Coordination of care
  • Bio-psychosocial approach

At the end of the Family Medicine Rotation, students should be able to develop and demonstrate certain core competencies and apply them to their daily practices as physicians.

ELECTIVE CLERKSHIP ROTATIONS

Students are expected to complete a minimum of 32 weeks of elective clinical rotations. The student may decide to take any elective specialty (4 weeks each) in the field of choice. However, the approval of choice of electives is at the discretion of the Dean of Clinical Sciences.

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