Educating Patient-Centered Physicians
At the heart of our educational environment at the University of Missouri School of Medicine is the focus on principles of patient-centered care, continuous quality improvement and safety, and interdisciplinary teamwork. These principles are evident in the eight key characteristics our educators instill in our graduates and residents and reflected in the educational programs and curriculum offered at MU. In 1993, the University of Missouri School of Medicine implemented a curriculum that substantially reduced lectures in favor of patient-based learning. The curriculum emphasizes problem solving, self-directed learning, and early clinical experiences.
To complement the curricular focus, MU's medical school offers unique and rewarding programs and experiences for students to customize their medical education. Students can participate in mentoring, advising and teaching, including fourth-year students tutoring first- and second-year students, high-school mini-medical school students, and tutoring patient-based learning classes. The innovative Legacy Teachers program allows third-year students to recognize patients as their teachers with essays or artwork at an annual ceremony. The Rural Track program is for second- and third-year students interested in practicing medicine in rural communities and gives those students an opportunity to experience rural clinical practice. Students coordinate and participate in patient care at the free MedZou health clinic for medically underserved community members. The MD-PhD program combines clinical and research interests toward an MD/MS or MD/PhD degree. Patient-centered simulation and standardized patient interactions provide structured practice in a safe environment at our state-of-the-art clinical simulation training center.
Learn more by watching the video and exploring each program and learning experience at the links below.
The MU School of Medicine's innovative programs and curriculum have been featured in a publications such as the Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges' Academic Medicine.