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Doctor of Medicine | Curriculum


The goal of the College of Medicine is to produce caring and competent physicians who are capable of succeeding in their postgraduate career. The four-year program, which leads to an M.D. degree, is an integrated experience that provides the student with requisite knowledge and skills necessary to become a successful physician as outlined in the 2016 MUSC College of Medicine Institutional Learning Objectives.

The first two years relies on a variety of educational experiences that include interactive lectures, laboratories and small groups.  Simulated clinical experiences with standardized patients, mannequins and task trainers as well as hospital visits with patients introduce the students to clinical medicine. The curriculum addresses four major objectives: provision of basic science concepts, acquisition of problem-solving strategies, development of foundational clinical skills, and introduction to the role and responsibilities of the physician in the health care system and in society. The curriculum is updated through a process of continuous quality improvement to incorporate and integrate basic science and clinical science disciplines, to promote decision making skills, and expand and improve opportunities for independent, self-directed learning. All courses are graded as honors/pass/no pass.

Year 3 and year 4 are designed to provide clinical experiential learning in a variety of clinical settings including all of the core clinical disciplines in order to ensure competence and prepare graduates to begin residency. Ongoing assessment of curriculum effectiveness and student learning outcomes informs continuous quality improvement of our clinical education program. The year 3 curriculum is comprised of seven clinical core clerkships,  including internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, family medicine/rural, surgery, neurology and rehabilitation medicine and psychiatry. During the clerkships, emphasis is placed on the development of clinical, interpersonal, and professional competence. Students also choose two selectives (2 weeks each) which provide opportunities to experience various specialties in preparation for choosing a career path. All core clerkships are graded as honors/pass/no pass, and selectives are graded as pass/no pass. Students must complete all of their 3rd year requirements at the major affiliated hospitals of the MUSC campus. In addition, all students are required to complete and pass the Clinical Competency Exam (CCX), and complete the longitudinal curriculum in ethics, geriatric medicine, public health, and medical delivery systems as part of the Fundamentals of Patient Care.

During the 4th year, students take a minimum of 32 weeks of rotations, a 3-week capstone course (Internship 101), and a longitudinal Fundamentals of Patient Care curriculum.  Each student must complete the following  rotations on campus: a clinical externship, a critical care rotation, and an advanced medicine or  surgical elective (an alternate institution may be approved for this rotation in special cases). The remaining  blocks are electives which can be taken at LCME-accredited medical schools or COM-approved sites throughout the state or country. Students who complete the clinical curriculum at the MUSC - AnMed Health Clinical Campus complete the three required rotations at the Anderson campus. Year 4 rotations are graded as honors/pass/no pass; Internship 101 is graded as pass/no pass.


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-701 Fundamentals of Patient Care 1A 8
    MDCOR-820 Homeostasis and Regulation A 8
    MDCOR-822 Molecules and Energetics A 8
    MDCOR-824 Structure and Function A 8
      Total Semester Hours 32
1 Spring MDCOR-702 Fundamentals of Patient Care 1B 8
    MDCOR-821 Homeostasis and Regulation B 8
    MDCOR-823 Molecules and Energetics B 8
    MDCOR-825 Structure and Function B 8
      Total Semester Hours 32
2 Fall MDCOR-828 Altered Structure and Function 2A 8
    MDCOR-826 Pathogens and Host Defense 2A 8
    MDCOR-703 Fundamentals of Patient Care 2A 8
    MDCOR-830 Pharmacotherapeutics and Nutrition 2A 8
      Total Semester Hours 32
2 Spring MDCOR-829 Altered Structure and Function 2B 8
    MDCOR-831 Pharmacotherapeutics and Nutrition 2B 8
    MDCOR-704 Fundamentals of Patient Care 2B 8
    MDCOR-827 Pathogens and Host Response 2B 8
    MDCOR-864 CPX2 and Board Review .5
      Total Semester Hours 32.5
3   FAMMD-861 Family Medicine/Rural Clerkship 8
    MED-801 Medicine Clerkship 10
    OBGYN-801 Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship 8
    PEDS-801 Pediatric Clerkship 8
    SURG-801 Surgery Clerkship 8
    PSYCH-801 Psychiatry Clerkship 8
    NEURO-801 Neurology and Rehabilitation Medicine Clerkship 8
      Specialty Selectives (Total of 2) 5
    MDCOR-705 Fundamentals of Patient Care 3 (longitudinal) 2
    MDCOR-865 Clinical Competency Exam 3 1
      Total Year 3 Semester Hours 66
    Advanced Medicine or Surgical Elective 5
      Externship 5
      Critcal Care Rotation  5
      Electives (Total of 20 weeks; roughly 120 to choose from) 25
      Internship 101 4
    MDCOR-706 Fundamentals of Patient Care 4 (longitudinal) 2
      Total Year 4 Semester Hours 46
      Total Credit Hours 235.5