Undergraduate Medical Education

Our faculty participate as course administrators, instructors, and mentors in the following undergraduate medical student curriculum courses:

Doctoring/Clinical Skills

David Hatem, MD, Co-Director; Nancy Bennett, MD, Mentor

Students enter medical school to become doctors and engage in a career of lifelong learning and personal and professional development.  Doctoring and Clinical Skills will provide a solid foundation for each of these goals through a mentored, skills-based curriculum with faculty mentors who have long-term relationships with students across their four years of medical school.  The course structure includes small groups with vertical integration so that senior students share lessons learned with more junior students. In addition, mentors offer close observation and frequent feedback on clinical skills, application of scientific principles, and demonstration of humanistic values, will prepare our students to become skilled, innovative doctors and individuals who function effectively in teams.

Building Working Cells and Tissues

Mary O'Brien, MD, Co-Director

BWCT will introduce, and apply key principles of biochemistry, histology, physiology, carbohydrate metabolism, and cellular genetics to an understanding of how cells and tissues are built, and how they work. Clinical cases will be central to BWCT and used extensively to highlight basic scientific concepts. .  Clinical discussions will provide important connections with the Doctoring/Clinical Experience course and t will lay important groundwork for the Development, Structure and Function (DSF) course that immediately follows.


Howard Sachs, MD, Co-Director

Scheduled as the final teaching block of the foundational studies years, students arrive at the Patients course having completed their training in FOM 1, FOM 2, ICE and DCS. Thus, the course is situated at the crossroads of their foundational educational experience and the opportunity to apply this knowledge to clinical scenarios involving complex patients with multisystem disease states.  The Patients course represents a culmination of the integrated curriculum and serves as a stepping stone from which the students will confidently move ahead, through a month long journey looking “backward” at their FOM.  The course will reinforce that Foundations is truly the basis for successful clinical problem solving while generating enthusiasm and piquing curiosity toward their clinical training.

Internal Medicine Clerkship

Mary R. Hawthorne, MD, Director

Students on their Medicine Clerkship spend 12 weeks studying the care of adult patients. They spend 4 weeks at the University campus and 4 weeks at a community hospital taking care of patients under the supervision of interns, residents and attending physicians (both hospitalists and primary care internists). They spend an additional 4 weeks in an outpatient office working under the supervision of a primary care internist in an apprenticeship type model. They also participate in special seminar-type intraclerkships on Palliative/End of Life Care and on Primary Care.