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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.
"To empower students to become physicians committed to excellence and leaders in innovation, research, health, education, advocacy and humanistic care."
Upon graduating, we expect DGSOM at UCLA medical students to demonstrate competence in several key milestones, as outlined in our new Graduation Competencies.
Learn more about our new curriculum launching in academic year 2021-22: Curriculum Redesign Schematic and Component Definitions.
Fall 2017 - Summer 2018 Scope & defining our purpose.
Fall 2018 - Winter 2018 Identify design elements.
Summer 2019 - Spring 2020 Create detailed design.
Summer 2020 - Summer 2021 Begin phased implementation.
Fall 2021 - Summer 2022
Key New Features:
Educators for Excellence – DGSOM Educators for Excellence is a cadre of thirty faculty members who will work with small groups of students longitudinally in the development of core clinical skills in the Practice of Medicine curriculum, which currently consists of Doctoring and Clinical Skills. This role will include teaching core clinical skills on standardized and actual patients, regularly observing students and providing formative feedback, and reviewing student performance in objective clinical examination curriculum. Educators for Excellence will also be assigned to small group teaching in the Problem Based Learning curriculum.
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.