UVA School of Medicine MD Curriculum
Students at the University of Virginia School of Medicine are engaged and challenged from the first day on Grounds. Our innovative Cells to Society curriculum, provides a comprehensive approach that integrates medical science and practice to teach foundational science in the context of how it is used by physicians in their clinical practice and provides learning experiences across a broad variety of clinical specialties and settings.

This model emphasizes collaborative team and individual learning, student-faculty interactions, clinical skills education and clinical problem-solving, hands-on laboratories, hospital and community-based patient care and opportunities to individualize learning. The recently introduced Entrustable Professional Activities is an innovative program of teaching and assessment of the tasks students perform as they care for patients. The UVA Cells to Society curriculum will prepare students to provide excellent patient-centered care, practice evidence-based medicine, and engage in lifelong learning.

12 Competencies Required of the Contemporary Physician

Each phase of our curriculum is designed to build clinical and interpersonal skills. By the time students graduate, they will possess the competencies necessary to become a contemporary physician as defined by the UVA School of Medicine education program objectives. Competencies developed include:

Professionalism Expectations

Each School of Medicine student is responsible for learning and demonstrating behaviors that encourage civility, a collaborative spirit, openness to learning and the best quality patient care. Consistent with these responsibilities, these Professionalism Expectations set forth general standards for competencies in ethical behavior, honesty and integrity, advocacy, empathy and respect, self-awareness, responsibility for learning, teamwork, collegiality, balance and avoidance of conflicts of interest. These Professionalism Expectations are general standards that are intended to express values central to the mission of the School of Medicine and may guide the faculty and the Academic Standards and Advancement Committee in reviewing students’ attainment of competencies in Professionalism.

Undergraduate Medical Education Curriculum Phases

The curriculum brings together the basic sciences and clinical practice for an integrated approach. This system-based learning model provides the framework for the four-year MD program.

UME Phase:1 Foundational Science and Clinical Medicine Phase [graphic]

Ph. 1 emphasizes the knowledge, skills and values needed to start practicing medicine.

  • Orientation
  • Foundational Science
  • Clinical Medicine
UME Phase:2 Foundational Science and Clinical Medicine Phase [graphic]

Ph. 2 allows students to provide direct patient care under supervision while exploring different specialties.

  • Clerkship Readiness Course.
  • Clerkships
  • Intersession Course
UME Phase:3 Foundational Science and Clinical Medicine Phase [graphic]

Ph. 3 facilitates exploration of specialty areas of personal interest while preparing for residency.

  • Bedside to Community
  • Required Courses
  • Individualized Electives


Public Professional Licensure Disclosure

Federal regulations require the School of Medicine to disclose whether its degree programs meet U.S. jurisdictions’ educational requirements for licensure (34 CFR 668.43(a)(6)& 34 CFR 668.72(n)).

The University of Virginia School of Medicine is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME ) and the program leading to the M.D. degree meets all requirements for eligibility for licensure in all U.S. jurisdictions.

Initial licensure in all jurisdictions of the U.S. requires passing the United States Medical Licensure Examination (USMLE) Steps 1, 2, and 3. As a medical school accredited by the LCME, graduates of the School of Medicine are eligible to sit for the USMLE.

The School of Medicine maintains general information on the USMLE testing and Graduate Medical Education placement (Residency Match) on our website. Students also are encouraged to research individual state medical board requirements; contact information is available at:

Enrolled students who change their current (or mailing) address to a U.S. jurisdiction other than Virginia should update their information as soon as possible in the Student Information System. Medical students who wish to enroll in out-of-state offerings for academic credit (e.g., away electives), should refer to the School of Medicine’s elective policies.

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