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Our school has established a culture in which learning is valued over teaching and students are self-directed learners, have honed their ability to independently research questions, can problem solve, work in teams, think critically, and turn their knowledge into action. When founding the school, we sought a significant departure from traditional undergraduate medical education curriculum. After visiting numerous medical schools and reflecting on published medical education research, we capitalized on collective leadership experiences in graduate and undergraduate medical education and created a set of guiding principles for curriculum design. These include: creating an "adult learner" environment that values independent study and self-directed learning, building upon experiential and active small group case-based learning, focusing on conceptual knowledge in action and not memorizing facts, utilizing assessment to drive learning, developing a fully integrated four-year science and clinical curriculum and reflecting on the transformation from person to professional. Our educational program is built upon and continuously informed by these guiding principles:

Guiding Principles for our Curriculum Design

  • True to our mission, values, and drivers
  • Fully integrated, developmental, four-year science and clinical curriculum
  • Integration of health, disease (normal and abnormal), and intervention
  • An "adult learner" environment that values independent study and self-directed learning
  • Built upon experiential and active small group case-based learning
  • Conceptual knowledge in action, not memorizing facts
  • Early meaningful patient interactions with emphasis on both individual and population health
  • Emphasis on scholarship, critical thinking, and lifelong learning
  • Focused on learning rather than teaching
  • Assessment drives learning
  • Emphasis on reflection, assessment, and transformation
Guiding Principles