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MD Curriculum

We train future primary care physicians and leaders in health systems science.

NYU Long Island School of Medicine’s innovative three-year curriculum prepares physicians to become leaders in primary care, who are equipped to deliver high-quality, coordinated, effective, and efficient healthcare that is patient focused and family centered. Our program shortens the time it takes to complete medical school by one full year.

As you learn the basic and clinical sciences that underpin all medical education, you simultaneously gain a fundamental understanding of health systems science—the study of how healthcare is delivered, how healthcare providers work together, and strategies to deliver safer, higher-quality patient care.

Our curriculum emphasizes establishing integrated care pathways—a patient care plan that details the essential steps in treating patients who have specific clinical conditions across many different medical disciplines—and improving communication and collaboration between community-based primary care providers and hospital-based specialists.

As a student in our program, you earn your medical degree more quickly and at a substantially reduced cost compared with students at other medical schools. As a graduate, you are prepared to transform how medicine is practiced.

Phase One: Foundational Basic Science Instruction and Research

During phase one, students spend 46 weeks completing interdisciplinary preclerkship courses that cover foundational basic science concepts in biology, anatomy, and physiology. You gain insight into the behavioral and social aspects of practicing medicine and develop the skills you will need during your clerkships to interact with patients and other healthcare providers.

Our Language Acquisition course introduces you to core basic science concepts with case-based clinical learning exercises. Subsequent organ systems courses take place in a dynamic mix of small and large group sessions to promote active learning.

In the afternoons, you participate in integrated longitudinal courses. These include clinical skills training, with a focus on integrating the structural content of anatomy, histology, pathology, and radiology; Health Systems Science topics; and a Continuity Ambulatory Practice Experience, also called CAPE. You also receive peer-to-peer and faculty-to-peer support during Learning Community meetings.

Throughout phase one, you participate in problem-based learning cases, small group discussions, large group lectures, seminars, clinical skills training, clinical simulations, and bedside teaching experiences.

You also have opportunities to take part in research. This may include completing literature reviews in a relevant area of study; applying basic statistical analysis and presenting data; maintaining a laboratory notebook with records of experiments and research notes; and attending lectures and laboratory meetings.

If you choose to take part in research, you present your research findings and prepare an abstract for submission to an appropriate specialty meeting.

You also have time to explore individual interests or participate in tutoring sessions to improve your performance in areas of study that you find difficult.

Phase One Schedule

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Phase Two: Clinical Skills Integration

During phase two, students spend 49 weeks participating in orientation and core clerkship rotations at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island and our clinical training sites, and complete a structured capstone 1 course to prepare for the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) Step 1, the 3-part exam required for medical licensure, also known as “the boards.” Over the course of phase two, you develop the clinical judgment necessary to diagnose diseases and treat patients.

Students participate in core clerkships in several areas: medicine, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, primary care, psychiatry, and surgery. Although all students have specific goals and expectations they must meet for each clerkship, much of your training depends on the needs of the patients you treat during rotations.

Once a week, you take part in one of several longitudinal courses. These include continuity clinics, problem-based learning cases, Health Systems Science courses, Learning Communities, and other peer learning experiences.

Phase Two Schedule

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Phase Three: Advanced Skill Development, Individualized Exploration, and Career Preparation

During phase three of our curriculum, students spend 37 weeks completing longitudinal educational experiences, rotations in the emergency room, a subinternship, an advanced clerkship, electives, and a Transition to Residency course. Students also participate in a second structured capstone course to help prepare for the USMLE® Step 2 Clinical Knowledge examination and have time to schedule residency interviews and pursue specialty areas of interest.

During this phase, you also take the comprehensive clinical skills exam, a series of mock patient encounters that assess your skills in communication, taking patient histories, conducting physical examinations, and clinical reasoning. This performance-based exam prepares you for the USMLE® Step 2 Clinical Skills examination.

Phase Three Schedule

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