The Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine has a fully integrated curriculum that enables students to apply medical science to the care of patients from the beginning of their medical education and throughout their educational program. To express this full integration, the School's curriculum is described as the First 100 Weeks and Second 100 Weeks.
Science and clinical knowledge are interwoven during the First 100 Weeks through case-based sessions, entitled PEARLS (Patient-Centered Explorations in Active Reasoning, Learning and Synthesis). PEARLS sessions are intentionally designed to ensure that students developmentally acquire the skills to solve clinical problems by critically evaluating and applying basic and clinical scientific knowledge to socially contextualized patient care.
The Second 100 Weeks is also an integrated curriculum inclusive of both clinical and science content. It is structured around a series of advanced clinical experiences, in both inpatient and ambulatory settings. These are followed by four required sub-internships in medicine, critical care, emergency medicine, and a fourth, selected discipline. The advanced clinical experiences of the Second 100 Weeks remain true to the pedagogy established in the First 100 Weeks, incorporating structured exercises that ensure a continual intertwining of science and clinical medicine so that students learn to successfully apply science in the context of patient care. The Second 100 Weeks includes the Advanced Clinical Experience (ACE) in the third year and Preparation for Residency in the fourth or final year.
The entire curriculum is organized upon a framework that encompasses the School of Medicine's 10 core values, eight competencies, educational program objectives,11 guiding principles, and five curricular drivers.