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The University of Washington School of Medicine is implementing a new curriculum structure across its sites in Washington, Wyoming, Montana, Alaska and Idaho that incorporates clinical training during the basic science years and basic science into the clinical years.

Students begin with a foundation phase, continue with a 12-month patient care phase and end with a 15-month career exploration and focus phase.

2019 spring consortium meeting

Poster presented: Two Programs to Support Student Success in an Integrated Pre-Clinical Curriculum: Deceleration and Early Clinical Training (PDF)

Need/gap addressed:

1. Deceleration Program

  • Students’ ability to reduce coursework within a term to “decelerate” or slow down has diminished due to the progressive and integrated curriculum.
  • A deceleration program will provide better ongoing support to students from diverse backgrounds
  • Manage financial burden by developing program to decrease cost associated with leave of absence or withdrawal from medical school.
  • Support students’ academic learning skills in preparation of transition from UME to GME.

2. Impact of Preclinical Skills Program

  • Study the value of early and sustained clinical skills development
  • Develop strategies to improve UME clinical skills development and success in clinical clerkships and beyond.
  • Determine how a rigorous preclinical skills curriculum influences clinical faculty evaluation of student performance.

Principal investigator: Michael Ryan, MD, associate dean, curriculum

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