Phase 1


Organized into three phases, the NxGen curriculum begins with system-based Phase 1.  This 18-month long phase integrates foundational science and clinical medicine using active learning strategies. Students also complete a Foundations of Clinical Medicine (FCM) Course, which provides students opportunities to develop clinical and diagnostic reasoning skills and apply their learning to actual patient experiences (simulated, hospital-based, and through the Patient Student Partnership (PSP).


Students are officially welcomed to the School of Medicine in early August. Learn More

Cells to Society

Using diabetes as a model, Cells to Society focuses on and connects the patient to all other aspects of the Next Generation curriculum. The course is intended to inspire and motivate first-year medical students to learn the knowledge, skills, and values needed for the practice of scientific clinical medicine. Learn More

Foundations of Medicine

This course introduces students to not only the scientific principles that are the foundation of the practice of medicine but also to the psychosocial issues that are important to patient care.

Cells, Blood, and Cancer

Beginning with the organization of the human body, this course introduces students to the skills of microscopy and image interpretation and continues with an introduction to hematology. The system ends with the study of cancer. Emphasis is given to clinical application and lab methods in problem-solving.

Microbes and the Immune System

This highly integrated six-week course combines the areas of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infectious Diseases. It incorporates topics derived from Pharmacology, Epidemiology, Anatomy/Histology, Pathology, Ethics, and Social Issues in Medicine.

Muskuloskeletal-Integument System

This six-week course introduces students to the development, structure, function, maintenance, pathology, and senescence of the musculoskeletal system and integument.

Gastrointestinal (GI) System

The GI system introduces students to principles of gastrointestinal and hepatic disease. This 6-week course provides the framework to understand diverse GI diseases that students will encounter in their clinical years of training and in future clinical practice.

Mind, Brain, and Behavior (MBB)

Mind, Brain, and Behavior is a six-week course that covers the complex interplay of the biological, psychological, and social factors in the genesis and maintenance of psychological health and disease.

Cardiovascular System

Students study the basic cardiovascular structures from the microscopic to the whole organ.  Cardiovascular physiology, pathology, pathophysiology, and the uses of pharmacology in treatment are taught to find explanations for the connections between structural changes, system malfunction, and patient’s experience of symptoms.

Pulmonary System

This course provides a foundation in the basic science of the respiratory system, as well as an introduction to major clinical pulmonary issues. This System enhances the students’ understanding of the material studied in the Cardiovascular System.

Renal System

The Renal System, the study of the kidney and urinary tract, introduces students to the basic physiological and clinical principles of the practice of nephrology.  The three-week block is organized into basic physiological process and fluid/electrolyte disorders; renal pathology and management of clinical syndromes;  and urology.

Endocrine/Reproductive System

This four-week course engages students in topics covering the disciplines of obstetrics, gynecology, urology, and endocrinology.

Classroom to Clinics

This course transitions students from classroom learning to clinical patient care by drawing on their knowledge of biomedical and clinical disciplines developed across multiple organ systems and curricular threads. This final Phase 1  course prepares students for clerkships and board exams by providing practice in clinical reasoning and differential diagnoses.

Foundations of Clinical Medicine (FCM)

FCM is an 18-month course that trains students in the science and art of medicine. Students learn history taking, relationship building, physical examination, differential diagnosis, and diagnostic reasoning skills through case-based exercises. The course runs concurrently with and is integrated into the morning curriculum. FCM consists primarily of small group sessions led by physician coaches and non-physician co-coaches and meets four hours each week.

Social Issues in Medicine (SIM)

A required course for all first-year medical students. During the course, students recognize and analyze the interrelationships between socio-cultural environments and the occurrence, prevention, and treatment of disease.  Students identify and nurture values that characterize the professional and humanistic practice of medicine and an ethic of service.  Students engage in classroom and community activities to include content sessions, small-group discussions, self-reflection, and service-learning at community partner sites.  Learn More >>