Doctor of Medicine | Curriculum


FLEX Curriculum

The preclerkship (FLEX) curriculum implemented in 2018 merges foundational medical science concepts of the traditional year 1 and year 2, enhances problem-solving, and increases active clinical application and earlier clinical immersion in the preclinical phase.

FLEX Curriculum Phases

The Preclerkship Phase of the curriculum is designed in organ system blocks and cohesively blends learning of normal and abnormal to teach the spectrum of human health and disease in engaged learning formats. Learners engage in early clinical experiences with real patients and in simulation settings to enhance application of basic science concepts in each block.

In FLEX Phase, learners choose a selective scholarly concentration that best meets their educational needs, professional interests and career aspirations. Learners achieve distinction in one of the following scholarly concentration pathways: research, humanities, global health and medical education. Alternatively, students who are eligible may apply to participate in an accelerated parallel pathway that leads to earlier graduation and entry into a residency position at MUSC.

The Immersion Phase (Year 3) is comprised of 7 core clinical clerkships in family medicine, internal medicine, neurology and rehabilitation medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery. Students choose 2 selectives for additional immersion in specialties of their choice.

The Enrichment Phase (Year 4) is comprised of required advanced clinical rotations, including critical care and an acting internship (externship), a wide variety of electives, and the Internship 101 Capstone course, all designed to prepare learners for the transition to increased levels of responsibility in their future specialties.

All of the courses in the required curriculum for the MD Degree must be passed in order to graduate. No grade point average is calculated and no class rank is produced.

Year Semester Course Credit Hours
1 Fall MDCOR*711 Clinical Skills 1 3
    MDCOR*720 Foundations of Health 8
    MDCOR*722 Foundations of Disease 8
    MDCOR*725 Cardiovascular System 9
      Total Semester Hours 28
1 Spring IP*711 IP Foundations & Teamstepps 1
    MDCOR*712  Clinical Skills 2 3
    MDCOR*727 Respiratory/Renal Systems
    MDCOR*728 Gastrointestinal 9
    MDCOR*731 Reproductive/Endocrine System 8
      Total Semester Hours 28
1 Summer MDCOR*713 Clinical Skills 3 3
    MDCOR*733 Women and Pediatric Health 5
    MDCOR*735 Ethics and Biostatistics 5
    MDCOR*736 Autoimmunity and Hematology 3.5
      Total Semester Hours 16.5
2 Fall IP*### IP Concentration Course
    MDCOR*714 Clinical Skills 4 3
    MDCOR*739 Sensory and Motor Systems 13
    MDCOR*741  Special Senses and Cognition 8
    MDCOR*742 Behavioral & Geriatric Health 4.5
AMP Research II
      Total Semester Hours 33
MDCOR*750  USMLE Step 1 Board Review  2
      and one of the following concentrations
    MDCOR*760 FLEX1 Health Humanities   5.5
    MDCOR*762  FLEX2 Health Humanities   5.5
    MDCOR*764  FLEX1 Global Health   5.5
    MDCOR*766  FLEX2 Global Health   5.5
    MDCOR*768  FLEX1 Physician as Teacher   5.5
    MDCOR*770  FLEX2 Physician as Teacher   5.5
    MDCOR*772  FLEX1 Research   5.5
    MDCOR*774  FLEX2 Research   5.5
       Total Semester Hours 13
 2 Summer MDCOR*891
AMP Research I
Clinical Foundations
      2 x 6-week Junior Clerkship *
        Total Semester Hours 24
 3 Fall   2 x 6-week Junior Clerkship *  18
      2 x 2-week Junior Selectives  5
       Total Semester Hours  23
 3 Spring MDCOR*893 AMP Research III  3.5
      3 x 6-week Junior Clerkship *    24
Topics in Clinical Medicine   1
       Total Semester Hours  28.5
 3  Summer MDCOR*705  Fundamentals of Patient Care 3 
    MDCOR*865  Clinical Competency Exam 3 
Transition to Clinical Med  1
      4-week Critical Care Elective 
       Total Semester Hours 10
 4 Fall TBD  20 Weeks of Electives 25
       Total Semester Hours 25 
Spring MDCOR*706 Fundamentals of Patient Care 4 
    MDCOR*626  Internship 101  2.5 
      4-week Externship 
      4-week Advanced Medicine or Surgery Elective 
       Total Semester Hours 15.5 
      Total Credit Hours 244.5


* All third year students are required to take seven clerkships in the following disciplines: Family Medicine; Medicine; Neurology; OB/GYN; Pediatrics; Psychiatry; Surgery. These clerkships may be completed in any sequence over Summer, Fall & Spring of third year.