Med Students

Understanding the Upcoming U of T MD Program Curriculum Changes

Find out about what the curriculum updates mean for you.

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 are redeveloping the first two years of the MD program, traditionally called the preclerkship, which we are now calling the Foundations Curriculum. The new program will be launched for students entering the U of T MD program in August 2016. It will feature a highly integrated program 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.

Milestones

FEBRUARY 2014

Foundations Curriculum is Approved by the Faculty of Medicine’s Faculty Council

APRIL 2014

Foundations Curriculum is Approved by the CACMS-LCME Accreditation Bodies

OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2014

First 3-week example of the Foundations Curriculum in Year 1 of the MD Program

AUGUST - SEPTEMBER 2015

Second 3-week example of the Foundations Curriculum (in Year 2 of the MD program)

OCTOBER 2015

Faculty recruitment process begins

OCTOBER – NOVEMBER 2015

Third 3-week example of Foundations Curriculum (in Year 1 of the MD Program)

NOVEMBER 2015

Development of a comprehensive blueprint of weekly learning objectives

COMPLETED

Faculty development plan 

COMPLETED

Space planning

COMPLETED

Detailed framework of weekly teaching, learning and assessment activties to guide curriculum content development

COMPLETED

Year 1 curriculum content development complete

LAUNCHED

Launch of the full Foundations Curriculum for the first year class entering the MD program

 

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