Universtiy of Miami Miller School of Medicine Medical School Education & Admissions

NextGenMD Curriculum

An overarching longitudinal theme throughout all four years of the curriculum is the acquisition and refinement of clinical skills through expert teaching and patient interactions. Six hospitals and more than 40 specialty clinics containing nearly 3,000 teaching beds are located on the medical campus and provide unparalleled opportunities for clinical training. In fact, the UM-Jackson Memorial Hospital Medical Center is the second busiest medical center in the United States with nearly 60,000 admissions, 12,000 surgeries, 7,000 deliveries, 102,000 emergency cases, and more than 500,000 adult outpatient visits per year.

All medical students are members of an Academic Society. There are twelve Academic Societies and they play unique roles in the curriculum by emphasizing cooperation in the learning process, fostering leadership, and by providing a collegial environment in which faculty and more advanced students mentor newer students in the basic sciences, the art of medicine, medical decision-making, and the acquisition of diagnostic skills through patient interactions. The mentoring process is four years long, extending from the first days of medical school right through the residency application and matching process in the fourth year.

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The Curriculum has Three Phases


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Phase 1 is grounded in the foundational and translational sciences that are taught and learned during the first year through symptom-based virtual clinics that incorporate health systems science, social determinants of health, core clinical skills, and professionalism.


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Phase 2 consists of integrated clinical clerkships during the second year, where continued themes of foundational, translational, and health systems sciences are embedded within clerkships; this provides students ample experience to plan their future areas of concentration.


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Phase 3 allows all students in their final years of school to develop a personalized pathway of excellence in a specialized area of interest, including scholarly or dual-degree pursuits, or an early transition to residency.