College of Medicine MD Curriculum

An emphasis on competency-based curriculum

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Launching into the future of medical education

The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences implemented a major curriculum change with emphasis on competency-based curriculum with early clinical experience and seamless integration of foundational and clinical sciences.

KEY ASPECTS OF THE NEW CURRICULUM INCLUDE:
  • Systems-based foundational sciences with clinical integration
  • Greater emphasis on clinical reasoning and clinical skills in all four years
  • Utilization of more innovative educational methods/approaches
  • Focus on interprofessional education, patient safety and career development
 

Read more about our new curriculum


Sections: Curricular Models | Integrate Curriculum | E-Learning | Important Dates


Curricular Models*

Here are example timelines of the Integrated Systems-Based Science Curriculum:

Curricular Model for M1 and M2
Curricular Model for M2 and M3
Curricular Model for M3 and M4

Download a PDF of the Curricular Models


In-Class Learning

Integrated Curriculum

  • System based learning
  • Systems grouped into “Threads” to facilitate progressive learning
  • Incorporation of different educational methods (E-Modules; Active learning sessions; Team Based Learning; Simulation; etc.)
  • Focus on clinically relevant material and application with collaboration between clinicians and foundational science faculty
  • More emphasis on clinical medicine preparation & skills
  • Early clinical experience

e-Learning

Watch a video montage of the e-learning modules available to students, as part of the new curriculum:


Important Dates

M2 – Class of 2021
  • USMLE STEP 1 Prep & Exam: February 11 – April 12, 2019
  • Bridge-to-Clerkships: April 29, 2019 
 

M1 – Class of 2022
  • Thread 2: Bones/Neuro/Behavior
    Musculoskeletal: January 3 – February 21
    Neurology in Health and Disease: February 26 – April 8
    Behavioral Science and Psychiatric Medicine: April 9 – May 3
    Thread 2: Bones/Neuro/Behavior Ends: Friday, May 3, 2019
  • Summer Break: May 6, 2019 – July 5, 2019
 

2019-2020 School Year

Subject to change.

Rising M2 – Class of 2022
  • Thread 3: ECOsystems Begins: Monday, July 22, 2019
    Cardiovascular System: July 9 – August 16
    Pulmonary System: August 22 – September 14
    Renal System: September 17 – October 2
    Thread 3: ECOsystems Ends: Friday, October 25, 2019


  • Thread 4: Cycles and Vices Begins: Monday, October 8, 2019

    Gastrointestinal: October 15 – November 20
    Reproductive: November 26 – January 18
    Endocrine: January 22 – February 1
    Thread 4: Cycles and Vices Ends: Friday, February 21, 2020

  • Winter Break: December 21, 2019 – January 3, 2020
  • USMLE STEP 1 Prep & Exam: February 24 – April 10, 2020
    NBME Practice Exam: March 2, 2020
    Step 1 Qualifying Exam: March 9, 2020
    USMLE Step 1 Exam: April 13, 2020
  • Bridge-to-Clerkships: April 27 – May 1, 2020 
 

Rising M1 – Class of 2023
  • Orientation: August 5 – 9, 2019
    Classes Begin: Monday, August 12, 2019

  • Thread 1: Cellular Disease Begins Monday, August 12, 2019

    Thread 1: Cellular Disease Ends: Monday, December 20, 2019

  • Winter Break: December 21, 2019 – January 3, 2020

  • Thread 2: Bones/Neuro/Behavior Begins: Monday, January 6, 2020
    Thread 2: Bones/Neuro/Behavior Ends: Friday, May 8, 2020

  • Summer Break: TBD
 

Holidays
Labor Day: Monday, September 2, 2019
Veterans Day: Monday, November 11, 2019
Thanksgiving: Thursday, November 28 – Friday, November 29, 2019
Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Monday, January 20, 2020

***Please note there may be additional breaks between systems or threads***

Printable PDF, 2018-2019


Contact Us

Jeremy Laukka, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean of Foundational Sciences
College of Medicine and Life Sciences
The University of Toledo
419.383.4903
jeremy.laukka@utoledo.edu

Stefanie Bias
Administrative Assistant
Department of Medical Education
Stefanie.bias@utoledo.edu

Kelly Kovacs, BBA
Academic Coordinator (M1 class)
Department of Medical Education
Kelly.kovacs@utoledo.edu

 

Last Updated: 2/14/19