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School of Medicine

School of Medicine
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3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City, KS 66160
913) 588-5200

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Students who are candidates for the degree of Doctor of Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine complete a four-year curriculum consisting of required courses, clerkships, and electives.

Students complete required modules that integrate core basic science disciplines including anatomy, biochemistry, histology, microbiology, neuroscience, pathology, pharmacology, and physiology as well as basic clinical skills, preventive medicine, ethics, behavioral sciences, and other topics relevant to clinical practice.

In year three, students take required clerkships in core clinical disciplines: Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Surgery.

During year four, students complete additional required clerkships (Rural Preceptorship, Critical Care, Health of the Public, Subinternship) and electives.

Credit hours for required courses, clerkships, and electives are listed below.

First- and Second-year Curriculum

Year One

CORE 800 Foundations of Medicine 8
CORE 805 Genetics and Neoplasia 4
CORE 810 Immunity and Inflammation 4
CORE 814 Cardiopulmonary 0
CORE 815 Cardiopulmonary 8
CORE 820 GI Tract and Nutrition 4
CORE 825 Renal and Endocrine 8
CORE 830 Reproduction and Sexuality 4

Year Two

CORE 835 Musculoskeletal and Soft Tissue 4
CORE 840 Brain and Behavior 8
CORE 845 Blood and Lymph 4
CORE 849 Infectious Diseases 0
CORE 850 Infectious Diseases 6
CORE 860 Integration and Consolidation 7

Clinical Component, Kansas City (KC) or Wichita Campus (W)

Year Three

Student clerkship experiences take place in the hospital and clinic settings. Clerkships may take place in the University of Kansas Hospital and clinics or in affiliated hospitals and clinics, depending on departmental arrangements. Clerkships include rotation on the teaching services, teaching rounds, departmental case conferences, and weekly Grand Rounds.

FAPR 955 (KC) Clerkship in Family Medicine 8
GERO 900 (KC) Geriatrics 4
GYNO 900 (KC) Basic Gynecology-Obstetrics Clerkship 6
MED 900 (KC) Basic Medicine Clerkship 8
NEUR 900 (KC) Neurology 4
PED 900 (KC) General Pediatrics 6
PYCH 955 (KC) Psychiatry Clerkship 4
SURG 900 (KC) Junior Surgery Clerkship 8
ICM 900 (KC) Issues in Clinical Medicine 0

FCMD 950 (W) Family Practice 8
GERI 950 (W) Geriatrics 4
OBGN 975 (W) Obstetrics/Gynecology 6
INMD 975 (W) Basic Medicine Clerkship 8
NROL 950 (W) Neurology 4
PDRC 975 (W) Pediatrics 6
PSCR 950 (W) Psychiatry 4
SGRY 975 (W) Junior Surgery 8
ICM 975 (W) Issues in Clinical Medicine 0

Year Four

The fourth-year curriculum allows students to design a personalized course of study. The selectives enable students to make choices about their courses, but these choices must include a selection in the following specific areas of study: rural medicine, critical care, health of the public, and a subinternship.

FAPR 900 (KC) Preceptorship 4
Critical Care Selective 4
PMED 960 (KC) Health of the Public 4
Subinternship Selective 4
Electives 16
(At least 12 hours of electives must be clinical.)

RLMD 976 or RLMD 977 or RLMD 978 (W) Rural Medicine 4
Critical Care Selective 4
PVMD 975 (W) Health of the Public 4
Subinternship Selective 4
Electives 16
(At least 12 hours of electives must be clinical.)