Curricular Structure

Office of Medical Education

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The curricular structure of Year 1 and Year 2 is made up of integrated blocks that offer a more consistent approach to teaching science concepts within a clinical context, limited lecture hours and emphasizes lifelong learning strategies.

The blocks use a “case of the week” format to align course content with clearly defined objectives which map out the work necessary for successful student learning. Each block concludes with an assessment week for clinical skills testing and a comprehensive examination.

Along with the integrated blocks, the Practice of Medicine blocks run longitudinally across both Years 1 & 2 and include community-based preceptorships in both academic years.

Year 3 and Year 4 are spent in Reno and Las Vegas in inpatient and outpatient clinical settings.

The diagram below outlines the block, clerkship and elective structure for each of the four years.

Four-year structure of School of Medicine curriculum