Council on Curriculum

Curriculum & Rotation Information


 

Six-Year School of Medicine Curriculum

Medical Degree

Undergraduate Degree

YEAR I
Fall Semester
Med 9115     Medical Terminology LSAnat 119     Functional Anatomy I
Med 9119     Learning Basic Medical Sciences LSAnat 119L   Functional Anatomy I Laboratory
Med 9110     Fundamentals of Medical Practice I Chem 211      General Chemistry I
Chem 211L    Experimental General Chemistry I
Psych 210      General Psychology
                      Courses for Bachelor’s Degree
Spring Semester
Med 9120     Fundamentals of Medical Practice II LSMcrb 121    Human Biology III (Microbiology)
LSMcrb 121L  Human Biology III (Microbiology) Lab
Chem 212       General Chemistry II
Chem 212L     Experimental General Chemistry II
Sociol 101       Sociology: An Introduction
                      Courses for Bachelor’s Degree
YEAR II
Summer Semester
Med 9121     Hospital Team Experience
(2 wk requirement completed immediately following Year I Spring finals in May)
Chem 320     Elementary Organic Chemistry
Chem 320 L  Experimental Organic Chemistry
Biol 202        Cell Biology
Fall Semester
Med 9210     Fundamentals of Medical Practice III BMS 9265     Human Biochemistry I
Sociol 211    Social and Psychological Development                        through the Life Cycle
Biol 206        Genetics
                     Courses for Bachelor’s Degree
Spring Semester
Med 9220     Fundamentals of Medical Practice IV BMS 9296     Human Structure Function I
BMS 9297     Human Structure Function II
BMS 9298     Human Structure Function III
YEAR III
Med 9390     Clinical Correlations BMS 9399    Human Structure Function IV
Med 9310     History of Medicine
BMS 9311     Medical Microbiology
BMS 9310     Medical Neurosciences
Med 9380     Clinical Skills
Med 9312     Pathology I (General/Clinical)
Med 9313     Pathology II (Anatomic/Systemic)
                        Vacation (split month)
Med 9385     Introduction to Pharmacology(Independent Study)
Med 9386     CUES to Healing: an InterdisciplinaryApproach to Patient Care
Med 9383    Continuing Care Clinic
Vacation (1 month)
YEAR IV
Med 9472     Behavioral Science in Medicine                   Courses for Bachelor’s Degree
Med 9408     Pharmacology
Med 9401    Docent Rotation
Med 9471    Family Medicine
Med 9485    Ambulatory Care Pharmacology(Independent Study)
Med 9483    Continuing Care Clinic
Med 9482    Patient, Physician, Society I
Med 9484    Patient, Physician, Society II
Elective (1 month)
Vacation (1 month)
YEAR V
Med 9571    Psychiatry Rotation
Med 9506    Obstetrics-Gynecology Rotation
Med 9503    Pediatrics Rotation
Med 9505    General Surgery Rotation
Med 9501    Docent Rotation
Med 9570    Family Medicine Preceptorship
Med 9585    Prescribing for Special Populations(Independent Study)
Med 9583    Continuing Care Clinic
Elective (1 month)
Vacation (1 month)
YEAR VI
Med 9601    Docent Rotation Medical Humanities/Social Science selective
Med 9678    Emergency Medicine
Med 9685    Rational and Safe Drug Prescribing
Med 9683    Continuing Care Clinic
Electives (7 months)
Vacation (1 month)
All students attend the Patient, Physician, Society Series (Med 9482 and 9484) throughout the Fall and Spring semesters of Year 4.
All students spend ½ day each week in Continuing Care Clinic beginning in September of Year 3. The only exception to this is during Vacation months, Preceptorship, and out-of-town electives.
Courses listed in italics count for both the medical degree and the undergraduate degree.

 

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements

Years 1 & 2

Year 1 and 2 students must register as full-time students as established by the University Registration and Records Department. Each student must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours during a Fall or Spring Bachelor’s degree semester and a minimum of 6 credit hours during a Summer (June, July) Bachelor’s degree semester. Full-time enrollment in Years 1 and 2 can be fulfilled by a combination of required medicine courses and Bachelor’s degree courses.

    • Year 1 students are limited to 21 hours of enrollment in Fall and Spring Semester. Enrollment in 22 or more hours must be petitioned to the Council on Curriculum.
    • Year 2 students are limited to 10 hours of enrollment in Summer Semester and 22 hours in Fall Semester. Enrollment for 11 or more hours in Summer, or 23 or more hours in the Fall, must be petitioned to the Council on Curriculum.
    • Year 2 students in Spring Semester can enroll in only their scheduled required coursework (HSF I-IV, Clinical Correlations and Fundamentals of Medical Practice IV). Enrollment in additional courses will not be allowed.

Years 3-6

BA/MD Students will continue Bachelor’s degree coursework during the Summer Semester of Year 3 (Human Structure Function IV and Clinical Correlations). Enrollment in additional coursework during this semester will not be allowed. All Year 4 BA/MD students will also enroll in a minimum of 12 hours of undergraduate course work during their Fall or Spring bachelor’s degree semester. Students who petition and are approved by the Council on Curriculum to take a Summer Semester in Year 4 must take a minimum of six Bachelor’s degree hours.

Track medical students who were not enrolled in the Alternate Program for Year 1 or 2 are not allowed to petition to waive the required Year 4 campus. Medicine and Audited courses do not count toward the minimum credit hour requirement for the Bachelor’s degree semester.

Dual Enrollment in Medical and Bachelor’s Degree Courses

A student will not receive credit for a Bachelor’s degree course while enrolled in a Medical School credit month. (See Medical School Months Credit Policy.)

EXCEPTION: A student retaking a Medical School required course(s) due to failure, withdrawal, or GPA issue will be allowed to enroll concurrently in Bachelor’s degree hours to fulfill the requirement for the Year 4 Bachelor’s degree semester. The Associate Dean of Curriculum will determine the number of Bachelor’s degree hours (minimum of 6 or more) to be concurrently taken with repeated courses. This is the only exception to this policy; no other petitions will be entertained.

Alternate Program in Years 1 & 2

Students enrolled in the Alternate Program in Years 1 or 2 who have completed Bachelor’s degree requirements must petition the Council on Curriculum if they wish to waive their Year 4 Bachelor’s degree semester.

 

Required Medicine Courses & Rotations, Years 3-6

This chart is composed of all required courses and rotations that are scheduled in Years 3 through 6. This chart lists guidelines that are designed to provide the student with a framework for scheduling medicine months. The minimum prerequisites for each rotation are given to ensure that students are adequately prepared for each experience. The guidelines offer recommendations for the year level in which a student may schedule a required medicine month. The student needs to be aware however, that as long as prerequisites are met, the student may take that medicine month before he/she is formally promoted to the year in which the course is recommended. These guidelines also indicate the flexibility that is available for scheduling medicine months. The Council on Curriculum in consultation with the Education Team Coordinators may limit the use of flexibility to maintain an overall balance in scheduling to prevent excessive postponement of courses and/or an imbalance of students for these required rotations. It is imperative that the balance of rotations is maintained whenever possible to provide each student with a good educational experience.

The purpose of this chart is to identify the areas of flexibility in the curriculum plan and try to fit the curriculum with the academic needs of each student. When preparing student schedules, Education Team Coordinators, and Docents should keep in mind such things as when the student plans to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), and the student’s need for elective time in Year 6.

 

Medical School Months Credit Policy
  1. Students are required to successfully complete 38 months of medical school credit for graduation.
  2. A student cannot enroll for credit in more than one medical school rotation or elective per month.
  3. A student cannot receive credit for a medical school month (rotation or elective) while enrolled in Bachelor’s degree coursework for a semester. Semesters are defined as August through December (Fall Semester), January through May (Spring Semester), or June and July (Summer Semester).
  4. School of Medicine Malpractice Insurance will not cover students while on vacation or Leave of Absence.

 

Curriculum Plans for Students Failing Human Structure Function

BA/MD Students

Curriculum for BA/MD students Failing or Withdrawing from Human Structure Function I

    • Any BA/MD student failing or withdrawing from Human Structure Function (HSF) I will automatically enter the Alternate Year 2 program.
    • The Alternate Year 2 student must enroll in HSF II and III on an audit basis while completing concurrent Spring semester coursework (Fundamentals of Medical Practice).
    • During the Summer and Fall of Alternate Year 2, the student enrolls in a minimum of one science course in each semester. If student received a grade of “C” in a previous science course offered they must repeat that course, if available, in that semester.
    • During the Spring of Alternate Year 2, the student re-enrolls in HSF I and HSF II and HSF III for credit.
    • All students, in their alternate Year 2, must achieve a science GPA of 2.8 or better.

Curriculum for BA/MD students Failing or Withdrawing from Human Structure Function II

    • Any BA/MD student failing or withdrawing from HSF II will automatically enter the Alternate Year 2 program.
    • The Alternate Year 2 student must enroll in HSF III on an audit basis while completing concurrent winter semester coursework (Fundamentals of Medical Practice).
    • During the Summer and Fall of Alternate Year 2, the student enrolls in a minimum of one science course in each semester. If the student received a grade of “C” in a previous science course offered they must repeat that course, if available, in that semester.
    • During the Spring of Alternate Year 2, the student re-enrolls in HSF I and HSF II and HSF III for credit
    • All students, in their alternate Year 2, must achieve a science GPA of 2.8 or better.

Curriculum for BA/MD students Failing or Withdrawing from Human Structure Function III

    • Any BA/MD student failing or withdrawing from HSF III will automatically enter the Alternate Year 2 program
    • During the Summer and Fall of Alternate Year 2, the student enrolls in a minimum of one science course in each semester. If the student received a grade of “C” in a previous science course offered they must repeat that course, if available, in that semester.
    • During the Spring of Alternate Year 2, the student re-enrolls in HSF I and HSF II and HSF III for credit
    • All students, in their alternate Year 2, must achieve a science GPA of 2.8 or better.

Curriculum for BA/MD students Failing or Withdrawing from Human Structure Function IV

    • Students who failed (or withdrew) from HSF IV AND earned a grade ‘≥ B-‘ in HSF I AND HSF II AND HSF III
      • These students will enroll in BMS 9311 (Medical Microbiology) and BMS 9310 (Medical Neurosciences). If successful in both courses, students will progress on to MED 9312 (Pathology I).
      • These students will enroll in HSF IV in the Summer semester following MED 9313 (Pathology II).
    • Students who failed (or withdrew) from HSF IV AND earned a grade ‘≤ C+’ in HSF I OR HSF II OR HSF III
      • These students will enter the Fall Bachelor’s Degree semester and enroll for course(s) needed to complete their B.A. degree.
      • These students will re-enroll, for credit, in HSF I, HSF II, HSF III and HSF IV in the following Spring and Summer semesters.
      • Upon successful completion of HSF I, HSF II, HSF III and HSF IV the student will enroll in BMS 9311 (Medical Microbiology) and BMS 9310 (Medical Neurosciences), and if successful, will enroll in MED 9312 and 9313 (Pathology I and II).

All students, at the end of Year 3, must achieve a science GPA of 2.8 or better in order to promote to Year 4.

 

MD-Only Students

MD-Only students do not enter the alternate Year 2 program as outlined above.

  • Curriculum for MD-Only students Failing or Withdrawing from Human Structure Function I
    • Students must enroll in HSF II and III on an audit basis while concurrently enrolled for credit in Fundamentals of Medical Practice IV.
    • These students will go on Leave of Absence for June-December. This takes the place of the MD-Only LOA that is normally scheduled during Years 4-6.
    • Winter semester: re-enroll in HSF I and HSF II and HSF III for credit.
    • Upon successful completion of HSF III, the student will continue on to enroll in HSF IV in the summer.
  • Curriculum for MD-Only students Failing or Withdrawing from Human Structure Function II
    • Students must enroll in HSF III on an audit basis while concurrently enrolled for credit in Fundamentals of Medical Practice IV.
    • These students will go on Leave of Absence for June-December. This takes the place of the MD-Only LOA that is normally scheduled during Years 4-6.
    • Winter semester: re-enroll in HSF I and HSF II and HSF III for credit.
    • Upon successful completion of HSF III, the student will continue on to enroll in HSF IV in the summer.
  • Curriculum for students Failing or Withdrawing from Human Structure Function III
    • Students will take a Leave of Absence for June-December. This takes the place of the MD-Only LOA that is normally scheduled during years 4-6.
    • The student re-enrolls in Human Structure Function I-III for credit.
    • Upon successful completion of HSF III, the student will continue on to enroll in HSF IV in the summer.

Curriculum for students Failing or Withdrawing from Human Structure Function IV

  • Students who failed (or withdrew) from HSF IV AND earned a grade ‘≥ B-‘ in HSF I AND HSF II AND HSF III.
    • These students will enroll in BMS 9311 (Medical Microbiology) and BMS 9310 (Medical Neurosciences). If successful in both courses, students will progress on to MED 9312 and 9313 (Pathology I and II).
    • These students will enroll in HSF IV in the Summer semester.
  • Students who failed (or withdrew) from HSF IV AND earned a grade ‘≤ C+’ in HSF I OR HSF II OR HSF III
    • These students will go on Leave of absence for August-December. This takes the place of the MD-Only LOA that is normally scheduled during years IV-VI.
    • These students will re-enroll, for credit, in HSF I, HSF II, HSF III in the Spring semester and HSF IV in the Summer semester.
    • Upon successful completion of HSF I, HSF II, HSF III and HSF IV the student will enroll in BMS 9311 (Medical Microbiology) and BMS 9310 (Medical Neurosciences), and if successful, will enroll in MED 9312 and 9313 (Pathology I and II).
    • All students, at the end of Year 3, must achieve a science GPA of 2.8 or better in order to promote to Year 4.

 

Prerequisites for Required Core Medicine Courses, Years 3 & 4
  • BMS 9310 (Medical Neurosciences) requires the prerequisite of completion of Human Structure Function I, II and III, and enrollment in Human Structure Function IV.
    • Students may enroll in BMS 9310 if they receive a ‘W,’ ‘D,’ ‘F’ or ‘Incomplete’ in HSF IV. They must have successfully completed HSF I, HSF II and HSFIII with a grade of ‘B-‘ or better.
  • BMS 9311 (Medical Microbiology) requires the prerequisite of completion of Human Structure Function I, II and III, and enrollment in Human Structure Function IV.
    • Students may enroll in BMS 9311 if they receive a ‘W,’ ‘D,’ ‘F’ or ‘Incomplete’ in HSF IV. They must have successfully completed HSF I, II and III with a grade of B- or better.
  • Med 9312 and 9313 (Pathology I & II) requires the prerequisites of two out of three courses in year III (HSF IV, Medical Microbiology, Medical Neurosciences).
    • Students receiving a ‘W,’ ‘D,’ or ‘F’ in ONLY ONE of the core courses may proceed to Pathology.
  • Med 9408 (Pharmacology) in Year 4 (Jun/July & Oct/Nov) requires the prerequisites of two out of three courses in year III (Medical Microbiology, Medical Neurosciences, Pathology II)
    • Students receiving a ‘W,’ ’D,’ or ‘F’ in only ONE of the three courses may proceed to Pharmacology in Year 4.

 

Internal Medicine Docent Rotation, Years 4-6

Every student is required to complete a two-month Docent Rotation in Year 4, Year 5, and Year 6. The Docent Rotation is the least flexible part of the student’s curriculum. If a student postpones or fails a Docent Rotation in any academic year, the consequence may be to extend the student’s graduation date. Students are expected to take their Docent Rotation with their assigned team for each of the three years.

Cycle # 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
1 Jun-Jul Oct-Nov Feb-Mar Apr-May Dec-Jan Aug-Sep
2 Aug-Sep Dec-Jan Apr-may Feb-Mar Oct-Nov Jun-Jul
3 Dec-Jan Aug-Sep Jun-Jul Oct-Nov Feb-Mar Apr-May
4 Oct-Nov Jun-Jul Aug-Sep Dec-Jan Apr-May Feb-Mar
5 Feb-mar Apr-May Dec-Jan Aug-Sep Jun-Jul Oct-Nov
6 Apr-May Feb-Mar Oct-Nov Jun-Jul Aug-Sep Dec-Jan
Cycle # 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
1 Jun-Jul Oct-Nov Feb-Mar Apr-May Dec-Jan Aug-Sep
2 Aug-Sep Dec-Jan Apr-may Feb-Mar Oct-Nov Jun-Jul
3 Dec-Jan Aug-Sep Jun-Jul Oct-Nov Feb-Mar Apr-May
4 Oct-Nov Jun-Jul Aug-Sep Dec-Jan Apr-May Feb-Mar
5 Feb-mar Apr-May Dec-Jan Aug-Sep Jun-Jul Oct-Nov
6 Apr-May Feb-Mar Oct-Nov Jun-Jul Aug-Sep Dec-Jan
Policy for the Self-paced Pharmacology Series, Years 3-6

Each of the yearly self-paced pharmacology courses is a required element of the curriculum. Each Fall Semester, Year 3 students will register for 9385 and all Year 6 students will enroll in 9685. Each Spring semester, all Year 4 students will enroll in 9485 and all Year 5 students will enroll in 9585. The courses must be completed in sequence (e.g. 9385 is a prerequisite for 9485, and so on).

Students who are on leaves of absence or who will be extending, can petition to complete the course work in a semester other than the assigned semester but the request should be made in writing, by the student and addressed specifically to the Course Director. Once a petition is filed, a plan will be formulated to the satisfaction of both the student and course director that outlines the students’ responsibilities. It is only upon completion of this process that enrollment in these courses will be entertained outside of the regularly assigned semester. Students should consider tuition or graduation implications of enrollment in this coursework when drawing up their petitions. Individuals who do not complete the instruction by the end of their assigned semester will receive a failing grade.

Any student withdrawing must provide and have approved a defined plan for completion of the coursework before withdrawal is granted. Any request for withdrawal after the last calendar date of withdrawal without assessment (see academic calendar) will be noted as a “withdraw failing.”

 

Medical Humanities Requirement

All students will be required to complete a month long humanities/social sciences course in Year 5 or 6. This requirement applies to all students, including those who have already received their undergraduate degree, MD-Only, Oral Surgery/MD, and transfer students. Medical Humanities courses are provided by the Office of Medical Humanities at the SOM and require prior approval by the Council on Curriculum. Oral Surgery/MD students who matriculated prior to June 2010 are the only students who do not need to complete this requirement.

 

Year 6 Graduation Month Policy

Due to Graduation requirements, Year 6 students will not be allowed to schedule their vacation or an out-of-town rotation during the month of their graduation (typically May).

 

Readmission of Former Students Separated or Withdrawn in Poor Academic Standing from the School of Medicine without a Bachelor’s Degree

Inevitably a few students will leave the School of Medicine prior to graduation without obtaining a baccalaureate and/or M.D. degree because they were separated from the program or because they withdrew in poor academic standing, that is they were on probation, eligible to be placed on probation, or would not meet criteria for promotion to the next year level. These students can ask to re-enter the program at a later date.

The ultimate responsibility for readmission rests with the school’s Council on Selection. A Readmission Committee, which reports to the Council on Selection, establishes criteria which students must meet to be considered for readmission and assesses a student’s readiness to return to the School of Medicine. Although each student’s application for readmission is considered unique and distinct, it is assessed within a framework of guidelines designed to assure equity and consistency.

The Readmission Committee consists of two members from the Council on Selection including its Chair, two members from the Council on Evaluation including its Chair, one student who is a student member of the Council on Evaluation, and the Associate Dean for Medical Education and Research (OMER) who acts as Committee Chair. At least two members of this Committee shall be physicians. Recommendations of the Readmission Committee are forwarded to the Council on Selection for a final decision on whether an applicant for readmission shall be offered re-entry.

The following conditions and procedures will be used to evaluate the reapplication of formerly enrolled students who seek to re-enter the School of Medicine.

 

Requirements for Students Who Left the School of Medicine in Poor Academic Standing without a Bachelor’s Degree

1. To be eligible for consideration for readmission, a student must have

    1. Spent at least 12 months post separation/withdrawal date but not more than five years out of the program before reapplication;
    2. Completed at least a BA or BS degree at an accredited college or university before reapplication;
    3. Achieved a grade of ‘C’ or better in all academic work attempted after leaving the School of Medicine and successfully repeated all School of Medicine requirements for Arts and Sciences/Biological Sciences courses in which the student had previously earned a ‘D’ or ‘F’;
    4. Achieved a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.000 for all academic work attempted after leaving the School of Medicine
    5. Completed science courses comparable to those required by the School of Medicine with an overall science GPA of at least 3.000:
      1. Introduction to Human Anatomy
      2. Introduction to Microbiology
      3. Advanced Physiology – Upper Level 300/400
      4. Genetics
      5. Cell Biology
      6. Advanced Microbiology – Upper Level 300/400
      7. General Chemistry with Laboratory (two semesters)
      8. Organic Chemistry with Laboratory
      9. Advanced Human Biochemistry – Upper Level 300/400
      • Please note: all courses must be completed at an accredited four-year college or university, and the equivalency of the courses will be determined during the reapplication process. The calculation of the cumulative science GPA will be based on the most recent grade earned in each of the above courses.
    6. Achieved a score of at least 8 on each of the three components of the MCAT.
    7. Submitted three favorable references.
    8. Successfully addressed circumstances that led to the student’s previous withdrawal or dismissal and provide verifiable documentation thereof. If the student left the program for physical, psychological, or psychiatric problems that prohibited him/her from safely performing the essential functions of a medical student, even with accommodations, then certificates of the student’s readiness to re-enter the program must be provided by two physicians, one of the student’s choosing and the other appointed by the School.

Requirements stated 1. a-g will be used in a screening process. Applicants must meet these requirements (1. a-g) to be invited for interviews and to be considered further for readmission by the Readmission Committee. Meeting requirements in no way guarantees readmission to the program.

2. A student desirous of readmission shall:

    1. Submit to the Admissions Office of the School of Medicine a written request by May 31 that readmission be considered for the following August or January depending on the student’s curricular needs
    2. Include in that request:
      1. A regular UMKC application form available online
      2. A current transcript of all college and university work attempted to date
      3. An essay that describes the reasons for leaving the program, provides solid evidence that the circumstances contributing to the previous withdrawal or dismissal have been or are no longer applicable, and discuss the student’s present commitment to a medical career; and
      4. Three current references, at least two of these from individuals who know the applicant as a student in class; the three referees should use the Council on Selection reference form
      5. Provide current MCAT scores (no older than three years) by the May 31 deadline; scores submitted after the deadline will not be considered
  1. Upon invitation, contingent upon meeting requirements stipulated in 1. a-g, complete
    1. 1. a-g, complete
      1. two interviews, one with a physician and the other with a non-physician member of the Council on Selection; and
      2. an interview with the Readmission Committee.

The Associate Dean of Medical Education and Research will screen applications for compliance with readmission requirements stated in 1. a-g. Council on Selection staff will schedule interviews for invited applicants. The Readmission Committee will formulate recommendations for readmission and forward those recommendations to the Council on Selection that will make the final decision about readmission. All interviews, Readmission Committee meetings, Council on Selection meeting, and the notification of the readmission decision to students will take place between June 1 and August 1. If successful, applicants should be ready to commence work in the program in September of the year of application for readmission or January of the following year, depending upon the applicants’ curricular needs.

The readmission of students will be considered separately from the admission of MD Only students.

 

Policy on Readmitted Students

Students typically will be readmitted at the Year 2 second semester level and will be expected to be continuously enrolled for 53 months. Students who left the program in Year 4 or above will be readmitted at a year level specified by the Readmission Committee.

The curriculum of readmitted students will usually be the same as the curriculum of MD Only students. If students wish to be granted an exception to this rule, they must petition the Council on Curriculum.

A full transcript of course work taken while in the School of Medicine and since leaving the School will be made available to the Council on Curriculum at the time of readmission. That Council will annually review and approve curriculum plans for readmitted students in consultation with the student’s docent and Education Team Coordinator.

The first year of readmission will be considered a probationary period. The terms of probation are:

    1. The probation period is a minimum of 1 year.
    2. Receipt of a ‘D (+/-)’, ‘F’, ‘WF’, ‘No Credit’, ‘Fail’, or change to ‘Audit’ after commencing the class in any course/rotation for the duration of enrollment in the program will meet criteria for dismissal (separation) from the program.
    3. ‘Withdrawals’ are not permitted and any withdrawal will meet criteria for dismissal (separation) from the program.

 

Additional Degree Tracks

MD-ONLY Degree

A limited number of students, referred to as MD-ONLY students, enter this program with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree and in some instances a graduate or professional degree. These students enter the medical program and enroll in the Human Structure Function series along with Year 2 students in January and remain in the program for 48 enrollment months. Three distinct curriculum plans have been devised which allow MD-ONLY students to proceed through the curriculum along one of three possible tracks. Two tracks provide the MD-ONLY students with 5 months of time during which they do not formally enroll. The first track allows MD-ONLY students to elect the five month leave of absence immediately following completion of USMLE Step 1, and the second track provides for a five month leave of absence midway through the clinical clerkship sequence which traditionally takes place in Year 5. The third track does not provide a leave during the program other than one month of vacation time per year of enrollment. The third track allows MD-ONLY students to complete their 48 months of continuous enrollment in December.

The Council on Curriculum’s approval of each student’s curriculum plan is contingent on the following expectations:

    1. Enrollment in the School of Medicine for 48 months.
    2. Four vacation months (one per 12 month period) during the 48 months of enrollment.
    3. Successful completion of 34 months of UMKC School of Medicine credit for graduation.
    4. Participation in Fundamentals of Medicine IV (MED 9220) concurrent with participation in Human Structure Function I, II, III
    5. Enrollment in all required School of Medicine rotations and courses with students in Years 3 through 6 of the six-year program including the Patient Physician Society Series and Self-Paced Pharmacology Series.
    6. All students will be required to complete a one-month Medical Humanities course in Year 5 or 6. 

Oral Surgery/M.D. Degree – 2 Year Track

These O.S./M.D.-2 Year students are selected jointly by the Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and the medical school’s Council on Selection with the approval of the dean of the School of Medicine. Two students are selected each year.

O.S./M.D. students begin their first year in Oral Surgery in July. The following year, O.S./M.D.-2 Year students “transfer” into the fifth year of the School of Medicine’s six-year program and complete 23 months of exclusive medical education. During the 23 months of exclusive medical education students will participate strictly in medical school courses. The reverse is true during the Oral Surgery portion of the program. At the end of the medical school portion of their studies, they return to the Department of Oral Surgery to complete their residency.

A requirement of the O.S./M.D.-2 Year transfer policy is that students must sit for Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensure (USMLE) examination before matriculating into the School of Medicine. O.S./M.D.-2 Year students must sit for Step 1 during the first year of Oral Surgery, achieving a passing USMLE Step 1 score on the first attempt.

Withdrawal or dismissal from either the Oral Surgery program or the Medical School program will mean withdrawal or dismissal from the other.

The scheduled curriculum for this program is provided below:

Year 5 – Completion of eleven months including the following:

    • One Month Clinical Skills
    • Two Months Internal Medicine Clerkship (Year 4 Docent Rotation)
    • One Month Ambulatory Care Clinic
    • Two Months Pediatrics**
    • Two Months Surgery**
    • One Month Preceptor**
    • One Month Psychiatry**
    • One Month Elective
    • Beginning in Fall semester, students will participate in weekly clinic (Year 4 Continuing Care Clinic).

Year 6 – Completion of twelve months including the following:

    • Two Months Internal Medicine Clerkship (Year 5 Docent Rotation)
    • Two Months OB/GYN**
    • One Month Emergency Medicine**
    • Five Months Electives (including Head & Neck)
    • One Month Medical Humanities
    • One Month Vacation
    • Students will also participate in weekly clinic (Year 5 Continuing Care Clinic).

Notes:

    • **Sequence of core clerkships is contingent upon space availability.
    • First Internal Medicine Clerkship must occur in October-November of students’ first year in the program (“Year 5”).
    • Three clinical electives are required for graduation selected from a minimum of three of nine possible categories: Family Medicine, Internal medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, Radiology, Pathology, Neuro/Psychiatry, OBGYN, Other.
    • One clinical elective must be in a critical care area, e.g., surgery, medicine, pediatrics etc.
    • Self‐paced pharmacology required: MED 9585 and MED 9685

Advanced Standing/Transfer Students

Admission with Advanced Standing

Students wishing to transfer to complete the clinical components of their education are considered for admission with advanced standing to the School of Medicine. Students will only be considered for transfer into the fifth year of our six year program, and must complete two years of medical education at the UMKC School of Medicine. In a given year, a limited number of positions will be available. Students attending accredited medical schools in the United States will be considered. All applicants must be enrolled in good standing at a medical school at the time of application. Students dismissed from medical school will not be considered for admission.

Eligible students must have completed the required pre-medical coursework, at an accredited college or university in the U.S. or Canada, and the following preclinical coursework: gross anatomy, embryology, histology, neuroscience, biochemistry, pharmacology, physiology, genetics, microbiology, pathology and physical diagnosis. All students applying for advanced standing must provide three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from the dean of the applicant’s medical school stating that the applicant is in good standing, the reason for transfer, and an assessment of the student’s overall performance. Because the USLME Step 1 result may not be available at the time of initial application, a limited number of students may be invited for interviews prior to receipt of their Step 1 score. No student will be allowed to matriculate at the School of Medicine without providing a passing USLME Step 1 score on the first attempt.

Application, letters of support, transcripts and USLME Step 1 score, if available, may be submitted to the Council on Selection between December 15 and March 15 for matriculation in July. Application, letters of support and transcripts will not be accepted after March 15. The USLME Step 1 result must be received no later than June 30. Students are advised to take this exam no later than mid-April to ensure that delayed receipt of their scores does not interfere with on-time matriculation to the School of Medicine.

Graduation Requirements for Advanced Standing Students

    1. 23 months continuous enrollment in the School of Medicine
    2. 22 months earned UMKC medical school credit plus at least 12 months earned medical school credit from another accredited school of medicine.
    3. ACLS certification
    4. Satisfactory completion of required UMKC medical curriculum and satisfactory ratings in same
      • 1 month Clinical Skills
      • 4 months General Internal Medicine
      • 3 months Ambulatory Care Clinic
      • 1 month Family Medicine Preceptorship
      • 1 month Psychiatry
      • 2 months Pediatrics
      • 2 months Surgery
      • 2 months Ob-Gyn
      • 1 month Emergency Medicine
      • 4 months Electives
      • 1 month Medical Humanities
      • 1 month Vacation
      • Self-paced Pharmacology Years 5 and 6
    5. Passage of USMLE Step 2 CK and CS
    6. Certification of competence by docent
    7. Evidence of adherence to the Fee Policies
    8. Evidence of Financial Aid Exit Interview
    9. Year 6 Year-End Docent Interview
 

Mock Curriculum Plan for Transfer Students

 

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Alternate Curriculum

The Alternate Curriculum is designed to allow select students more time in the Year 1 and 2 curriculums to acquire the essential knowledge, skills and attitudes to successfully complete required courses.

Students may voluntarily enroll in the Alternate Curriculum or be placed in the Alternate Curriculum because of academic probation.

The following requirements apply only to extended students in the Alternate Curriculum in the School of Medicine, not students who are granted a leave of absence or who pursue a course of study without enrollment in the School of Medicine. During enrollment in the Alternate Curriculum, students will:

    1. Meet all requirements of the Council on Evaluation as stated in the Council on Evaluation Policy Manual and Guidelines.
    2. Enroll in a minimum of one science course each semester (Fall and Winter). This will be in addition to or in accordance with the requirements of the Associate Dean for Curriculum and the Assistant Dean for Years 1 & 2.
    3. Extended Year 2’s in the Alternate Curriculum must participate in Ambulatory Care II at the School of Medicine, except those times when the college of Arts & Sciences is on vacation during the Fall and Winter semesters.
    4. Extended Year 2’s in the Alternate Curriculum will take Learning Basic Medical Sciences (LBMS) during the Fall and Winter semesters of the Alternate Curriculum.
    5. The Associate Dean for Curriculum will approve curriculum plans for Extended 1’s and 2’s in the Alternate Curriculum.
    6. Extended students in the Alternate Curriculum will be extended in the program for at least one full year.

 

Year 1 Alternate Curriculum Program Policy

Students will enter this Alternate Program according to Council on Evaluation policy:

    • Do not meet either promotion or dismissal criteria
    • Due to academic difficulties, e.g., received a ‘D +/-‘, ‘F’, ‘WF’, ‘no credit’, or ‘Fail’ in a required course
    • An insufficient GPA (cumulative and/or science) for promotion

Upon entering the Year 1 Alternate Program, students will be asked to sign an agreement in order to continue in the School of Medicine combined degree program. Once placed in the alternate curriculum program, students must declare a major of a BA in biology or chemistry and will be assigned to the designated Alternate Program undergraduate advisor at that time. Students will be placed into a specified curriculum that consists of bachelor’s degree coursework to achieve this baccalaureate degree and to strengthen their knowledge and study habits for the basic sciences. This curriculum will consist of the following:

    • The student begins the alternate curriculum with summer coursework.
    • The Year 1 Alternate curriculum will have two science courses each semester.
    • The alternate year may include a repeat of a failed required course, and the curriculum is mapped in these circumstances.
    • Curriculum plans are designed for degrees, and students may not petition to change the curriculum as planned by the Associate Dean of Curriculum and the Assistant Dean for Years 1 & 2.
    • Courses must be taken at the University of Missouri Kansas City.
    • Students may not add additional coursework to their Alternate curriculum plan.
    • A required one-hour School of Medicine resource experience (for credit) will be part of the curriculum in the Alternate Year 1 Fall and Spring semesters.
    • Students will remain enrolled as full-time Medical School students.

Performance in the curriculum for these alternate students will be monitored each semester starting in the Year 1 Alternate Summer semester. Students maintain eligibility for each semester in accordance with Council on Evaluation policy. A science GPA of >/= 2.80 must be achieved each semester; failure to achieve this GPA meets criteria for separation from the combined BA/MD degree program. Council on Evaluation policies for dismissal remains in effect throughout the Alternate semesters. Students will also be placed on two-year probation at the time they enter the Alternate Program.

If students successfully complete the requirements of the Year 1 Alternate Program they will return to the curriculum in Year 2 in the Fall semester following their alternate year. Students will remain on probation until successful completion of Human Structure Function III. These students will also enroll in the 9210 and 9220 courses and will have a designated docent team within that course.

Students in this program will also take a campus semester during Year 4.

Students in the Year 1 Alternate Program cannot do any research, as part of a formal curriculum or otherwise, until completion of Human Structure Function III.

 

Cumulative Science GPA

(Policy shared with Council on Evaluation)

All students are subject to the required cumulative science grade point average for promotion and retention where applicable. The list of required courses used to calculate the cumulative science GPA appears in the table below. No substitutions to the list may be used in the calculation of cumulative science GPA. Only one grade will be counted for each required course. If a required science course is repeated, only the final grade is used in the science GPA calculation (the initial grade earned in a repeated course will be dropped from the cumulative science calculation only).

Grades earned in the following courses will be calculated in the cumulative science GPA of students in the combined BA/MD program seeking BLA, BA Biology or BA Chemistry degrees:

    • Chem 211 & 211L
    • Chem 212 & 212L
    • LSMCRB 121 & 121L (instead, LSMCRB 313 &313L for BA Biology)
    • LSANAT 119 & 119L (instead, LSANT 118L for BA Biology)
    • Chem 320 & Chem 320L (either Chem 320 & 320L or Chem 321 & 321L for BA Chemistry)
    • LSBIO 202 Cell Bio
    • LSBIO 206 Genetics
    • BMS 9265 Human Biochemistry
    • BMS 9296 Human Structure Function I
    • BMS 9297 Human Structure Function II
    • BMS 9298 Human Structure Function III
    • BMS 9399 Human Structure Function IV
    • BMS 9310 Medical Neurosciences
    • BMS 9311 Medical Microbiology
    • MEDIC 9390 Clinical Correlations
    • MEDIC 9312 General Clinical Pathology I
    • MEDIC 9313 General Clinical Pathology II
    • MEDIC 9385 Introduction to Pharmacology

Grades earned in the following courses will be calculated in the cumulative science GPA of students in the MD-Only program:

    • MEDIC 9396 Human Structure Function I
    • MEDIC 9397 Human Structure Function II
    • MEDIC 9398 Human Structure Function III
    • MEDIC 9399 Human Structure Function IV
    • BMS 9310 Medical Neurosciences
    • BMS 9311 Medical Microbiology
    • MEDIC 9390 Clinical Correlations
    • MEDIC 9312 General Clinical Pathology I
    • MEDIC 9313 General Clinical Pathology II
    • MEDIC 9385 Introduction to Pharmacology

Grades earned in the following courses will be calculated in the cumulative science GPA of students admitted to theOS/MD program prior to June 2010:

    • MEDIC 9396 Human Structure Function I
    • MEDIC 9397 Human Structure Function II
    • MEDIC 9398 Human Structure Function III
    • BMS 9311 Medical Microbiology
    • MEDIC 9390 Clinical Correlations
    • MEDIC 9312 General Clinical Pathology I
    • MEDIC 9313 General Clinical Pathology II
    • MEDIC 9385 Introduction to Pharmacology