The Foundations Curriculum, a New Program for the First Two Years of Medical School

The U of T MD Program, like most North American medical schools, is four years in length.  The final two years are known as the Clerkship (which involves learning while working with physicians and other health care team members in the hospital and clinic).  The first two years of the program occur in laboratory, classroom, clinical, and community settings and are designed to prepare students for the work-place learning that occurs in clerkship. 

We have redeveloped the first two years of the MD Program, traditionally called the preclerkship, which we are now calling the Foundations Curriculum. The new program was launched for students entering the U of T MD Program in the 2017-2018 academic year. Foundations features a highly integrated curriculum with clinical content from the beginning of medical school, early exposure to patients and the community setting, extensive use of online materials to support learning, and an assessment program designed to support learning. To get an introduction to the Foundations Curriculum, please click on one of the videos, or you can read an overview here. You can also review the Student FAQs.

We’re making changes to prepare students for the practice of medicine in the 21st century.

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