MD MSCR Curriculum

The MUSC combined MD/MSCR degree is more flexible than similar combined degrees in that MD students can enroll in the combined degree as early as the second semester of medical school compared to after year 1 at other institutions.  The recommended course sequencing is listed below for two  different options students may choose:

Option 1: Concentrated  (Full-time) MSCR Curriculum Plan

This curriculum plan applies to a student who completes the entire MSCR curriculum in one dedicated year between year 3 and year 4 of the medical school curriculum (38 credit hours completed over 3 semesters).

Option 2: Distributed (Part-time) MSCR Curriculum

With approval from the academic advisor, a student who enrolls in the combined degree program in the spring semester of year one of medical school (i.e., the earliest entry point) could be permitted to complete MSCR coursework concurrently with the MD degree curriculum (38 credit hours completed over 11 semesters). While the majority of the MSCR curriculum is still completed in year 4 (fall, spring), this curriculum plan provides advantages for students who wish to engage in research earlier in the program in order to increase competitiveness for application to residency programs.

Part-Time Program - Students complete the program in two years on a part time basis, beginning each fall. 

Full-Time Program - The program is available to students pursuing doctoral degrees in one of the six colleges (Medicine, Dental Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Graduate Studies, Health Professions), as well as international applicants. Students complete program in one year on a full-time basis.

MSCR Part Time Plan of Study

Year Semester Course Credit Hours
1 Fall MCR-700-01 Clinical Biostatistics 3
    MCR-750-01 Ethical Issues in Clin 1
    MCR-736-01 Clinical Epidemiology 3
    MCR-789-13   ST: Contemporary Topics Seminar 1
      Total Semester Hours 8
         
1 Spring MCR-724-01 Introduction to Clinical Trial 3
    MCR-746-01 Informatics and Data Managemen 2
    MCR-752-01 Team Science in Clinical Resch 1
    MCR-789-03 ST: Regression Analysis for Clinical Research 2
      Total Semester Hours 8
         
1 Summer MCR-731-01 Critical Review 2
    MCR-789-04 ST: Community Engaged Research 1
    MCR-789-07 ST: Industry/Regulatory 2
    MCR-789-32 ST: Leadership 2
    MCR-970 Mentored Research 1
      Total Semester Hours 8
         
2 Fall MCR-725-01 Grant Development 2
    MCR-732-01 Comparative Effectivness Resch 3
    MCR-789-08 ST: Core Clinical Research Training 1
    MCR-970 Mentored Research 2
      Total Semester Hours 8
         
2 Spring MCR-789-02 ST: Clinical Educator for the Clinical Researcher  1
    MCR-970 Mentored Research 5
      Total Semester Hours 6
         
      Total Credit Hours 38

 

MSCR Full Time Plan of Study

Year Semester Course Credit Hours
1 Fall MCR-700-01 Clinical Biostatistics 3
    MCR-738-01 Clinical Research Intro 1
    MCR-736-01 Clinical Epidemiology 3
    MCR-789-13 ST: Contemporary Topics Seminar 1
    MCR-750-01 Ethical Issues in Clin 1
    MCR-970 Mentored Research 2
    MCR-731-01 Critical Review 2
      Total Semester Hours 13
         
1 Spring MCR-724-01 Intro to Clinical Trials 3
    MCR-746-01 Informatics and Data Managemen 2
    MCR-752-01 Team Science in Clinical Resch 1
    MCR-789-03 ST: Regression Analysis for Clinical Research 2
    MCR-789-20 ST: Intro to Grant Writing 1
    MCR-732-01 Comparative Effectivness Resch 3
    MCR-970 Mentored Research 3
      Total Semester Hours 15
         
1 Summer MCR-789-08 ST: Core Clinical Research Training 1
    MCR-789-04 ST: Community Engaged Research 1
    MCR-789-07 ST: Industry/Regulatory 2
    MCR-789-32 ST: Leadership 2
    MCR-970 Mentored Research 4
      Total Semester Hours 10
         
      Total Credit Hours 38

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-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  MDCOR-744 Systems Integration   7
    MDCOR-750  USMLE Step 1 Board Review  2
       Total Semester Hours  
         
 2 Summer FAMMD-861 Family Med Rural Clerkship   8
        Total Semester Hours
         
 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 235.5