The Double Helix Curriculum integrates the basic science and clinical medicine strands of medical education, weaving them throughout the four-year curriculum. Each element of the curriculum strengthens Rochester's biopsychosocial tradition by fostering knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors of the physician/scientist/humanist by combining cutting-edge, evidence-based natural and social sciences with the relationship-centered skills that are Rochester's distinctive trademark.
With interdisciplinary courses that combine various areas of basic science and demonstrating their clinical application, our program is designed to train life-long learners of medicine. Our curriculum places special emphasis on skills in knowledge acquisition and use. Required and elective clinical experiences offer students rural, urban, community and tertiary care patient care experiences. The goal of our medical school is to educate and train physicians who will excel in the career of their choice.
The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry is dedicated to training future physicians who excel
and become leaders in their profession. This goal is met by fostering the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviors
of the physician/scientist/humanist by combining cutting-edge,
evidence-based medical science with the relationship-centered art that is medicine's distinctive trademark.
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Overall Educational Objectives
The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry has well defined objectives for the M.D. program
that are formally reviewed every five years. The objectives of each course and clerkship are linked to these overall objectives
to ensure they are met by all students.
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