Explore Research Innovation at the David Geffen School of Medicine
The UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine (UCLA DGSOM) has begun the process to redesign the MD curriculum. Follow us on our progress as we create a new curriculum for a new age.
Fall 2017 - Summer 2018 Scope & defining our purpose.
Fall 2018 - Winter 2018 Identify design elements.
Summer 2019 - Fall 2019 Create detailed design.
Winter 2019 - Summer 2020 Begin Phased Implementation.
Key New Features:
Foundations of Practice – Integrated into the first two years of medical school, the Foundations of Practice is a redesigned course taught by a dedicate cadre of faculty members. The course promote understanding the physiologic and pathophysiologic basis of disease through in-depth and active learning of the medical sciences with emphasis on the clinical application of concepts, processes, and discoveries. Foundation of Science is taught in Year 1 as well as during Intersession in Year 2.
Components of the foundation of science include: Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Genetics, Microbiology, Immunology, Molecular & Cellular Biology, and many more new and emerging areas such as mental health, prevention & nutrition, and more.
Early Authentic Clinical Experience - Expose first year medical students to immersive, real-life clinical experiences that will provide context and application opportunities to the KSA acquired in Foundations of Practice, and begin to form their professional identity.
Students will have an opportunity to play roles such as: health coach, patient navigator, intake (“MA-like”), etc…in a variety of different health settings such as in: student-run free clinics, “Hot spotting (In-Home visiting program)” and in community-based clinics/FQHC’s.
View the 2020 MD Curriculum
Entering class in 2021
View the 2021 MD Schematic
Feedback and learnings are ongoing after the launch phase.