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Curriculum



The curriculum at the University of Missouri School of Medicine emphasizes clinical reasoning, self-directed learning, collaborative learning and early clinical experiences. It integrates the basic sciences and clinical reasoning. In years 1 and 2, emphasis is placed on small group learning, with some lectures, and there are no department or discipline based courses.

During the third year, seven core clerkships are required in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Surgery. It is during these core clerkships that students learn the fundamentals of good patient care and faculty are assessing that students are competent upon completion of the clerkship. These clinical experiences must be under the supervision of Columbia-based School of Medicine faculty or community faculty appointed through the School of Medicine. All students may take up to three core clerkships developed and approved by School of Medicine departments through the University of Missouri School of Medicine Rural Track Clerkship program.

During the fourth year, three one-month clinical selectives, four one-month general electives and a one-month Advanced Biomedical Sciences are required. A minimum of four courses must be taken under the supervision of Columbia-based School of Medicine faculty as follows:

Students must take two of the three required clinical selectives under the supervision of Columbia-based School of Medicine faculty or community faculty appointed through the School of Medicine. One of the required selectives must be a surgical selective, one must be a medical selective and the third can be either a surgical or medical selective. Certain clinical experiences such as the Indian Health Service and designated rural community selectives approved by the department education director are considered under the supervision of Columbia-based School of Medicine faculty and will meet the requirement for one of the two clinical selectives. The third clinical selective may be taken at a site approved by the department, the advisor and the Office of Medical Education. Fourth year Rural Track elective courses approved at designated Rural Track training sites are considered to be under the supervision of Columbia-based School of Medicine faculty.

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