Stage One: Preclerkship Curriculum | NYU Grossman School of Medicine | NYU Langone Health

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MD Curriculum Stage One: Preclerkship Curriculum

Stage One: Preclerkship Curriculum

Stage one of the MD curriculum at NYU Grossman School of Medicine features 18 months of interdisciplinary preclerkship modules that cover foundational basic science concepts in biology, anatomy, and physiology. Preclerkship education takes place alongside a Practice of Medicine (POM) module that provides opportunities to participate in clinical learning experiences with patients.

This integrated educational experience gives you the opportunity to apply concepts learned in the classroom to real-life patient scenarios. You gain insight into the behavioral and social aspects of practicing medicine that help you develop the necessary skills to interact with patients and other healthcare providers in your clerkships and internships.

Stage One: Pre Clerkship Curriculum

Preclerkship Modules

The preclerkship modules you complete during your first three semesters of medical school give you the biological and scientific knowledge you need for success in clerkships and beyond. We integrate overarching educational themes to provide you with a scaffolding for longitudinal learning.

Science and Skills for Medicine

All students begin the first semester of medical studies with Science and Skills for Medicine, a learning module that emphasizes the key basic science concepts that underlie the practice of clinical medicine.

Throughout your first year and a half of medical school, you participate in one-to-two month learning modules that focus on physiology, pathology, and pathophysiology across the following human organ systems:

  • cardiovascular
  • pulmonary
  • renal
  • gastrointestinal
  • endocrine and reproductive
  • nervous
  • musculoskeletal, hematologic, and dermatologic

You examine the effects of disease on each organ system and how each relates to the others. As you discover the pathophysiology underlying specific disease states, you develop the problem-solving skills necessary to diagnose and propose treatment options for each.

Living Anatomy Module

A two-part module that integrates anatomy, histology, pathology, embryology, and radiology, the Living Anatomy module introduces you to the human body’s structural organization and development. You learn through faculty-guided and peer-to-peer interactive approaches.

We offer the four-week Living Anatomy I module, which focuses on the torso, during your first year of medical school. The month-long Living Anatomy II module, offered in the beginning of your second year, explores the head, neck, and extremities. Living Anatomy activities include demonstrating and discussing your laboratory findings with faculty and fellow students.

Practice of Medicine Module

The Practice of Medicine (POM) module, woven throughout the preclerkship curriculum, allows you to combine concepts learned in the classroom and laboratory with bedside learning experiences. You learn core clinical skills that serve as the foundation for your clerkships, medical training, and practice beyond.

During the POM module, you participate in PLACE, or Patient-based Longitudinal Ambulatory Clinical Experience. Working at NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s clinical training sites, which include many NYU Langone clinical and research centers and affiliated hospitals, you gain a better understanding of your role within the medical community and overall healthcare system.

PLACE allows you to explore ways to interact with patients and healthcare team members from multiple disciplines.

Toward the end of the POM module, you focus on bedside diagnosis and clinical reasoning. You also learn various communication and conflict-resolution techniques. Clinical teaching highlights respectful, responsive care that addresses each patient’s needs, preferences, and values.

Clerkship Orientation

Clerkship orientation prepares you for the transition to your clerkship experience. During orientation, you become familiar with the responsibilities that are expected of you as a member of a healthcare team.