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, 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 2 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.

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*726 Renal Acid/Base 5
    MDCOR*728 Gastrointestinal 9
    MDCOR*731 Reproductive/Endocrine System 8
      Total Semester Hours 26
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 6
      Total Semester Hours 19
2 Fall IP*### IP Concentration Course of choice 1
    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
      Total Semester Hours 29.5
2 Spring  MDCOR*744 Systems Integration   7
    MDCOR*750  USMLE Step 1 Board Review  2
    MDCOR*760 FLEX1 Health Humanities   5
    MDCOR*762  FLEX2 Health Humanities   5
    MDCOR*764  FLEX1 Global Health   5 
    MDCOR*766  FLEX2 Global Health   5
    MDCOR*768  FLEX1 Physician as Teacher   5
    MDCOR*770  FLEX2 Physician as Teacher   5
    MDCOR*772  FLEX1 Research   5
    MDCOR*774  FLEX2 Research   5
    MDCOR*776  FLEX1 Military Leadership   5
    MDCOR*778  FLEX 2 Military Leadership  5
       Total Semester Hours 24
 2 Summer FAMMD*861 Family Med Rural Clerkship   8
    MDCOR*780  FLEX 3 Military Leadership   5
    MDCOR*782  FLEX 3 Health Humanities   5
    MDCOR*784  FLEX 3 Global Health   5
    MDCOR*786  FLEX 3 Physician as Teacher   5
    MDCOR*788  FLEX 3 Research
        Total Semester Hours 13
 3 Fall NEURO*801 Neuro & Rehab Med Clerkship   8
    MED*801  Internal Medicine Clerkship   10 
      2 Two week selectives  5
       Total Semester Hours  23
 3 Spring OBGYN*801 OB/GYN Clerkship   8
    PEDS*801 Pediatric Clerkship    8 
    PSYCH*801  Psychiatry Clerkship   8
       Total Semester Hours  24
 3  Summer SURG*801  Surgery Clerkship 
    MDCOR*705  Fundamentals of Patient Care 3 
    MDCOR*865  Clinical Competency Exam 3 
      4-week Critical Care Elective 
       Total Semester Hours 17
 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