Curriculum for the future

Preparing UF College of Medicine students to become leaders and scholars who are committed to clinical excellence and humanistic, patient-centered care and who adhere to the highest professional standards.

Former curriculum: discipline-based program that included the traditional two years of study which emphasizes biomedical science learning followed by two years of clinical practice experience.

Revised curriculum: a more patient-centered experience that integrates biomedical science with social and behavioral sciences, public health and clinical care throughout the curriculum.

Areas of emphasis include: 

  • Context-based – students learn in the context in which they will apply their skills and knowledge.
  • Active learning – students enhance their skills in application and problem solving through experiential, collaborative and team-based learning.
  • Early introduction of clinical concepts and expedited entry into the patient care setting.
  • Self-directed learning – more responsibility for learning will be placed on the student as they define their personal and professional goals.
  • Integration of concepts of culture, community, professionalism, and public health in all levels of medical education.
  • Evidence-based medical practice, patient safety and quality.

New Elements Include:

  • Integrated approach to learning communication and clinical skills with biomedical, social and behavioral sciences.
  • A new service-learning requirement within the first 18 months of medical school will help increase a student’s exposure and commitment to community health. 
  • An expanded clinical preceptorship — five weeks of immersive clinical experience prior to student’s beginning formal clinical clerkships.
  • Expanded exposure to population health and health care policy throughout the four-year curriculum.
  • Expanded focus on evidence-based medical practice, safety and quality.
  • New education modules that use a patient focused approach and integrate disciplines within an organ system structure.
  • Clinical clerkships that traditionally begin the summer after the student’s second year will now begin two months earlier.
  • White Coat Ceremony moved from the end of second year to December of first year aligning with beginning of first preceptorship.
  • Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory implemented in August 2010 to allow students to focus on learning rather than the grade. This has helped foster collaborative learning and decreased competition.
  • Fewer lectures and more small group, collaborative learning experiences are offered.
  • Groups of eight students are assigned to one clinical faculty who facilitate weekly discussion and problem solving sessions and serve as mentors for three years.