NYU School of Medicine

Michael LoCurcio, MD

Michael LoCurcio, MD
Associate Chair for Undergraduate Medical Education

A core goal of the Department of Medicine is to train outstanding physician-scientists. Our mission is to teach every medical student to practice medicine with compassion, intellectual discipline, lifelong curiosity and professionalism. To achieve this, the Department of Medicine plays a vital role in each of the three phases of medical school.

White coat ceremony in Farkas Auditorium (from above).

During the first phase of medical school, students take two modules, Science and Skills for Medicine and Practice of Medicine. The Practice of Medicine (POM) module includes the students’ first clinical exposure at the bedside and other elements like epidemiology. The Science and Skills for Medicine module introduces students to the basic scientific principles in a system-based format. All of the leadership and more than 80% of faculty for these modules are members of the Department of Medicine. During the second phase, the Department is also directly responsible for two of the seven mandatory clerkships: the Core Medicine and Ambulatory Care Clerkship.  During the final phase, students take Critical Care and Advanced Medicine Clerkships, in addition to Selectives, Concentrations, and dual degree programs.

A packed conference room with faculty, fellows, residents, and medical students.

The Department offers many students with a mentored research project.  Programs include the summer research fellowship program, concentrations in research and the Honors Program.  The Department is continually reassessing and improving its teaching programs during the monthly Education Council meetings.

This section of the website is devoted to specific aspects of undergraduate medical education.  Faculty may review more information about C21, faculty teaching opportunities and Firm system.  Students may be interested in learning more about research opportunities.