M.D. Program

Curriculum


Casting Class 1843

M.D. students enter the medical program and enroll in the Human Structure Function series in January and remain in the program for 48 consecutive months. Three distinct curriculum plans have been devised, which allow M.D. students to proceed through the curriculum along one of three possible tracks. Two tracks provide the M.D. students with five months of time during which they do not formally enroll. The first track allows M.D. 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. The third track allows M.D. students to complete their 48 months of continuous enrollment in December, and does not provide any break during the program other than one month of vacation time per year of enrollment.

Year 1

Fundamentals of Medical Practice IV, Human Structure Function I, II, III, IV, History of Medicine, Clinical Correlations, Medical Microbiology, Medical Neurosciences, Clinical Practice of Medicine I and II (CPM), Intro to Pharmacology (Self-Paced), Continuing Care Clinic (half-day weekly).

Year 2

Pathology I (General/Clinical), Pathology II (Anatomic/Systemic), CUES (Communication, Understanding, Education, and Self-awareness), Pharmacology, Behavioral Sciences in Medicine, Docent Rotation I, Family Medicine, Ambulatory Care Pharmacology (Self-Paced), Continuing Care Clinic (half-day weekly), Patient-Physician-Society I and II.

Year 3

Psychiatry, Prescribing for Special Populations (Self-Paced), Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, Family Medicine Preceptorship, Surgery, Docent Rotation II, Continuing Care Clinic (half-day weekly), Elective, Humanities.

Year 4

Docent Rotation III, Emergency Medicine, Rational and Safe Drug Prescribing (Independent Study), Continuing Care Clinic (half-day weekly), Electives*, Humanities

*Students may take six to seven electives in Year 4. They must choose three clinical electives from nine designated categories. One of these electives must also be a critical care elective.

 Graduation Requirements
  1. Approval of each student’s curriculum plan is contingent on the following expectations.
  2. Continuous enrollment in the School of Medicine for 48 months (including four months vacation).
  3.  Four vacation months (one per 12-month period) during the 48 months of enrollment.
  4. Successful completion of 34 months of UMKC School of Medicine credit for graduation.
  5. Participation in Fundamentals of Medicine IV (MED 9220) concurrent with participation in Human Structure Function.
  6. Enrollment in all required School of Medicine rotations and courses with students in Years III through VI of the six-year program including the Patient Physician Society Series and Self-Paced Pharmacology Series.
  7. All students will be required to complete a one-month humanities/social sciences course in the last two years. Any alternative must be petitioned.