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SOM Curriculum Overview

The first-year curriculum is organized into three Blocks:

  • Block 1:  Gross Anatomy and Embryology/ Histology and Cell Biology/ Foundations of Clinical Medicine
  • Block 2:  Biochemistry/ Medical Physiology/ Foundations of Clinical Medicine
  • Block 3:  Neuroscience/ Behavioral Science/ Foundations of Clinical Medicine

Additional course requirements include Biostatistics and Epidemiology, a case-based course in Biomedical Ethics, and History of Medicine. View the Computer Requirements‌ for incoming students.

The second-year curriculum, places an emphasis on small-group discussion and problem-based, active learning, with a smaller percentage of class time spent in large lectures. The second year curriculum is horizontally integrated into an organ-system model among the following courses:  Foundations of Clinical Medicine, Pathology/Pathophysiology, Medical Pharmacology and Medical Microbiology (view the Medical Microbiology Course Director Letter).  As in the first year, Biostatistics and Epidemiology and Biomedical Ethics are woven into related coursework. 

The third-year curriculum will include the following educational requirements: Medicine (8 weeks, previously 12 weeks), Surgery (8 weeks), Pediatrics (6 weeks, previously 8 weeks), Obstetrics and Gynecology (6 weeks), Psychiatry (6 weeks), Clinical Neuroscience (4 weeks), Family Medicine (6 weeks, previously 4 weeks), and an Elective block for career exploration (4 weeks total). The school’s location and large hospital network afford clinical training opportunities in demographically and clinically diverse settings. In addition to Westchester Medical Center, about one-third of the third year class trains at our affiliate hospitals in Manhattan.   Another third spend at least six months training at our affiliate, St. Joseph’s Hospital, in Paterson, New Jersey.  

Fourth year medical students include required clerkships in:  Emergency Medicine, Radiology and Laboratory Medicine, Sub-internship (choice of Medicine/ Pediatrics/ Surgery), Critical Care (choice of Medicine/ Pediatrics/ Surgery), and a one-week Transition to Residency course.  In addition, there are 16 weeks of electives rotations, which can be taken at affiliated or non-affiliated training centers. About 10 percent of students enroll in international electives each year. 


View more in-depth explanation about the SOM course offerings.