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Year Two (Medical School)

MD/PhD students enter the second year with their medical school colleagues and participate in a modified Double Helix Curriculum as detailed below.  The major benefit is completion of most curricular requirements by the end of April or early May, allowing students to take their Step 1 Board Exams early and progress into the graduate training phase.

  • Students participate in all aspects of Mind Brain Behavior I (MBB I) (placed together in a PBL group lead by an MD/PhD neurologist) and Disease Processes and Therapeutics (DPT), Modules 1 and 2. 
  • Students are exempt from the medical school requirement to take a second Medical Humanities elective during Year Two.  However, students may take a Humanities elective if they choose, keeping in mind the mandatory requirement for the Ethics course (IND501) below. 
  • All MD/PhD students MUST take the course IND501 “Ethics and Professional Integrity” which must be completed and fulfills requirements for training in the Responsible Conduct of Science.  This course is typically taken in the Fall of the first year of graduate training.  Participation in this course is an absolute requirement for all MSTP trainees based on NIH and graduate school policy.  
  • Students take the Comprehensive Assessment in March
  • Students are exempt from Adaptations and Clinical Transitions (ACT200), but must take Women’s Health and Disorders of Childhood
  • Students participate in PCC Year 2 with the following modifications:

    Exempt from Integration Conferences late-March to May

    Exempt from Specialty Rotations after late-March.  Schedules will be arranged so MD/PhD students complete all Specialty Rotations with the exception of Pediatrics being limited to 6 instead of 12 weeks.

    Exempt from Journal Club and Master-Clinician Rounds (note that this is “replaced” by participation in SRM for the full year).  Students may elect to participate in Master-Clinician Rounds if they wish, in which case they must notify the PCC Office by early December.

    The Home Visit is required and the write-up must be handed in as part of PCC.

    Students must continue with the longitudinal preceptorial/primary care experience through the end of second year (1/2 day per week).

Note that the PCC grade will be weighted according to the components engaged in by the MD/PhD student.  An evaluation for small group activities will be derived from student participation in SRM during the second year and included in determination of the PCC grade.  The evaluation form is found in the Appendix.