UW School of Medicine and Public Health's Curriculum Transformation

MADISON - These are exciting times for curriculum at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Building on traditional strengths, the Medical Education Office led by Associate Dean for Medical Education Christine Seibert, MD, together with faculty educators, made significant changes to the year one and year two curriculum and continued enhancements to the clinical years.
"The curriculum at UW School of Medicine and Public Health strives to engage students in a learning process that will help them become highly competent and compassionate physicians with a lifelong thirst for learning,” says Seibert.
These noteworthy changes are part of the MD program's ongoing curriculum transformation.
Enhancing Public Health Education and Active Learning
The goal of the restructured curriculum is to provide medical students with an integrated curriculum, enhanced public health education and increased active learning opportunities.
Unveiled in fall 2008 for year one and fall 2009 for year two, the preclinical curriculum are delivered in integrated blocks of related material. In a week between blocks, innovative learning opportunities help students make key connections among the diverse skills and knowledge areas they are exploring as they approach their clinical years.

In years three and four, students rotate through required and elective clerkships and a preceptorship at sites throughout the state, gaining broad exposure to many aspects of medicine and public health. As students advance through their clinical years, they have increased opportunities to tailor their electives to personal interests and career goals.
Linking Public Health and Medicine
"We draw on diverse teaching methods in a learner-centered environment. Our 'classrooms' extend beyond the modern Health Sciences Learning Center and Clinical Sciences Center to experiential opportunities in the Madison community, in many urban and rural parts of the state, and with underserved populations in the United States and abroad," says Seibert.
Medical students will get a firm grounding in important aspects of public health and the links between public health and medicine. Added curriculum in areas such as professionalism, cultural competence and interdisciplinary teamwork help prepare students to provide first-rate care in a changing health care environment. Greater emphasis on integrating content and active learning further challenges students to think broadly and apply what they learn.