A New Curriculum for a New Age
The Heals Curriculum is a dynamic educational program designed to train the next generation of physicians.
The David Geffen School of Medicine (DGSOM) at UCLA launched a new curriculum designed to evolve along with changes in science and medicine.
Themes Integrated Across the Heals Curriculum
New and emerging areas are continually integrated into the medical school curriculum by our expert faculty.
Structural Racism and Health Equity
Diversity isn't a buzzword. It’s a requirement to treat our communities with clinical excellence. Our community is made up of talented leaders who care deeply and work to impact the world for good. We have a collective commitment to combat structural racism. That commitment spans healthcare, education, and our society at large.
DGSOM Discovery is a required component of the medical school curriculum to provide third-year medical students with a nearly year-long period of protected time for a deep and substantive creative and scholarly experience in an area of their interest. The program encourages the acquisition of attitudes and skills for self-directed, lifelong learning and scholarship.
Meaningful partnerships with teachers, learners, and experts across a range of disciplines and functional areas simulate the optimal collaborative-care environment students will engage in throughout their medical careers.
Point of Care Ultrasound (POCUS)
Medical students develop skills, expertise, and confidence using an invaluable diagnostic tool that improves patient outcomes and precision of care.
Ethics and Humanities
A robust focus on ethics and humanities in the medical school curriculum helps students develop into physicians who practice patient-centered, just, and humanistic medicine. Through an exploration of real case analyses, historical and current events, philosophical arguments, literature, visual arts, performing arts, and creative and reflective writing, students gain skills in critical thinking, ethical communication, and professional development. In this curriculum, students not only examine the moral foundations of medicine, their obligations to patients and society, and the human experiences of health and illness, but also cultivate their own moral identity as physicians, taking responsibility for caring equitably and compassionately for all patients.
Heals Curriculum: Year by Year
Your UCLA Journey
Year One - MS1
A focus on case-based learning for students to think like a physician from the first year of medical school. Four core courses comprise the year.
Year Two - MS2
Eight clerkship offerings integrated with continued learning in science and many new and emerging topics.