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Undergraduate Medical Education

MD Undergraduate Curriculum

The Faculty of Medicine offers a four-year undergraduate medical program leading to the degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD).

The initial segment of the program, Phase 1, focuses on the healthy person and wellness.  Phase 2 has an emphasis on acute reversible or modifiable health issues whereas Phase 3 continues with an emphasis on chronic illness.  Within each of these phases that cover the first two years of the MD program, students will have a course in clinical skills, community engagement and a physician competencies course, during which students can pursue a range of research interests.  By the end of phase 3, students are expected to be able to take a patient’s medical history, perform a thorough physical examination and to derive a logical diagnosis. The Phase 4 preparation course is completed prior to commencing Phase 4.

Phase 4 comprises the last two years of the medical studies program. During this time students, who are clinical clerks, take courses that will allow them to alternate through major disciplines in hospital and community settings throughout affiliated teaching sites in Newfoundland & Labrador, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. Clinical clerks participate as members of the health care team gaining the knowledge and experience necessary to assume the responsibilities associated with patient care.

Throughout the MD Program, students have frequent contact with two administrative offices within the Faculty of Medicine. The Office of Student Affairs provides many support services for students. The Undergraduate Medical Education Office provides administrative support and coordination for the educational activities within the MD program.
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