NYU School of Medicine trains future physicians with an innovative, flexible MD degree curriculum known as the Curriculum for the 21st Century, or C21. Our program enables students to master the skills necessary to succeed in medicine and provides opportunities to customize their studies at designated points in their training.
C21 is organized in four stages:
- Stage One: Preclerkship Curriculum
- Stage Two: Clerkship Year
- Stage Three: Individualized Exploration
- Stage Four: Career Preparation
Whether it’s gaining early acceptance to a residency program with the accelerated three-year MD pathway, training to become a physician-scientist with our MD/PhD degree, or exploring a professional area that complements the MD degree with one of our dual MD/master’s degrees, C21 offers many options for students to achieve their career goals.
C21 provides patient-centered and disease-focused training to help students make connections between basic science concepts learned in the classroom and their real-world clinical application. In your clerkship year and beyond, those concepts are reinforced through daily patient contact, online and simulation exercises offered at NYSIM, the New York Simulation Center for the Health Sciences, and progress assessments. Diversity and health disparities are also explored in the context of C21.
The following chart shows an MD student's typical progression through our four-year MD curriculum.
You can read more about specific graduation policies in our MD Student Handbook.