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MD Program:Years 3 & 4

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Second 100 Weeks (Years 3 & 4)

Science and clinical knowledge are interwoven during the First 100 Weeks (Years 1 & 2) 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 (Years 3 & 4) 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 three required sub-internships in medicine, critical care, and emergency medicine. 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.