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The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine has always been known for its active learning approach; in fact, we pioneered it. With the adoption of the new Genes to Society curriculum, the concept is emphasized even further in the form of team-based learning, small group discussion, group presentations and simulation training. As always, Johns Hopkins students are exposed to clinically relevant experiences from day one of their medical education.
A general overview of the curriculum follows. See the Interactive Curriculum Map that details the four years.
- School begins with an Intersession on Health Care Disparities. Intersession weeks occur every few months throughout the entire curriculum, providing short breaks from system-based class work and opportunities to develop advanced clinical skills and participate in simulations. Other Intersession weeks cover topics such as Global Health, Pain Care, Substance Abuse, Patient Safety and End-of-Life Care.
- Foundational Block courses are Human Anatomy, Science Foundations, Clinical Foundations and Public Health Foundations.
- The Genes to Society curriculum spans Years 1 and 2, surrounding the ideas of genetics, biology and physiology and the impact that social, community and environmental factors have on the individual.
- Longitudinal Clerkships (LCs) in Year 1 and Year 2, give the student direct patient access in an outpatient or community setting.
- Scholarly Concentrations (SCs) are chosen in Year 1 under the supervision of faculty mentors.
- March of Year 2 is reserved for the Transition to the Wards, after which clinical training begins in earnest.
- Clerkships span Years 3 and 4, both core and elective.
- Translational Intersessions in the clinical years will be one-week opportunities between clerkships to revisit basic science topics related to the clerkships, which model modern scientific inquiry of bench-to-bedside medicine.
- The final course in the curriculum is TRIPLE (Transition to Residency and Internship/Preparation for Life), covering practical topics in preparation for residency and beyond including teamwork skills, simulations and advanced communication skills, as well as leadership training and career guidance and discussions surrounding emotional health and financial management.