Doctor of Medicine | Curriculum

FLEX Curriculum

In 2009 a new preclinical integrated curriculum was implemented in the college of medicine (COM) that replaced traditional basic science courses overseen by departments with a comprehensive, organ system-based integrated curriculum (IC) of basic science and clinical science content administered through a coordinated, central governance model. Building on the success and lessons learned from the IC, the new preclerkship (FLEX) curriculum seeks to merge foundational medical science concepts of the traditional year 1 and year 2, enhance problem-solving, increase 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 in the hospital, community, and 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 for an existing accelerated pathway that leads to earlier graduation and entry into a residency position at MUSC (a parallel track approved by LCME).

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

The Enrichment Phase (Year 4) is comprised of required advanced clinical rotations, 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. While both the Immersion Phase and Enrichment Phase curricula undergo continuous quality improvement, these phases do not represent a major curriculum modification.

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-724 Cardiovascular Pulmonary 10
      Total Semester Hours 29
1 Spring IP-711 IP Foundations & Teamstepps 1
    MDCOR-712  Clinical Skills 2 3
    MDCOR-726 Renal Acid/Base 5
    MDCOR-728 Gastrointestinal 9
    MDCOR-730 UG Endocrine Male Health 7
      Total Semester Hours 25
1 Summer MDCOR-713 Clinical Skills 3 3
    MDCOR-732 Women and Infants Health 5
    MDCOR-734 Child and Adolescent Health 5
    MDCOR-736 Autoimmunity and Hematology 6
      Total Semester Hours 19
2 Fall IP*### IP Concentration Course of choice 1
    MDCOR-714 Clinical Skills 4 3
    MDCOR-738 MSK Function and Disorders 13
    MDCOR-740 CNS Function and Disorders 8
    MDCOR-742 Behavioral & Geriatric Health 4.5
      Total Semester Hours 29.5
2 Spring  TBD    
 2 Summer TBD    
 3 Fall TBD    
 3 Spring TBD    
 3 Summer TBD    
 4 Fall TBD    
Spring TBD    
      Total Credit Hours 235.5