By the Numbers

99%


Successful

The percentage of students who passed the USMLE® STEP 1 and 2 national board exams on their first attempt

65


Accomplished

The number of students who have presented or published their scholarly work

100%


Matched

The percentage of students from the Class of 2017 and the Class of 2018 who matched with a residency program

Program Overview

Developing skilled patient-centered physicians

At the Frank H. Netter MD School of Medicine, we prepare students to become highly qualified, compassionate and culturally sensitive doctors. No matter which medical specialty you choose, you’ll be trained to view your patients through the lens of a primary care physician — always with an emphasis on patient-centered care. 

From the outset, you’ll learn evidence-based medicine through the integration of basic science concepts in Foundations of Medicine (FOM) and rigorous clinical training through Clinical Arts and Sciences (CAS). In September of your first year, you’ll be paired with a community physician to practice your clinical skills, working with patients through our innovative Medical Student Home (MeSH) program. 

Throughout your four years of medical school, you will work closely with faculty mentors, career advisers and clinical faculty physicians in various medical settings. They’ll help you choose courses, plan your required and elective fourth-year clerkships, and identify residency programs that align to your interests and career goals. To reinforce critical thinking skills and self-directed learning, you will also complete a project under the guidance of a mentor in the Scholarly Reflection and Concentration/Capstone course (SRCC).   

The medical school is located on our interprofessional North Haven Campus with the schools of health sciences, nursing and law. This creates a collaborative learning environment for students pursuing degrees in a multitude of health care professions, including physical therapy, occupational therapy and physician assistant. Our state-of-the-art facilities include an operating suite with two high-fidelity simulation rooms, a SimMan suite of lifelike mannequins that function as patient simulators and labs with the latest imaging equipment. Our facility includes 16 patient rooms where students practice examining simulated patients. 

We have affiliations with several community hospitals in urban, suburban and rural settings. Our principal hospital affiliates are St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut. You'll experience a variety of clinical work placements that help you to determine where you see yourself practicing medicine during and after your residency years. 

Sara Rahman, MD '18, practices her clinical skills in the Standardized Patient Assessment Center.

Room to practice

Sara Rahman, MD '18, practices her clinical skills in the Standardized Patient Assessment Center.

Van Mai, MD '18, works with Dr. Renika McLeod-Labissiere and her patients at Prospect Family Medicine.

Family-centered patient care

Van Mai, MD '18, works with Dr. Renika McLeod-Labissiere and her patients at Prospect Family Medicine.

Billy Zhang, MD '18, examines a patient at Pediatric Associates of Cheshire, a MeSH site.

Capable hands

Billy Zhang, MD '18, examines a patient at Pediatric Associates of Cheshire, a MeSH site.

Curriculum

The curriculum is organized in three phases:

  • Pre-clerkship (years 1 and 2)
  • Clinical rotations (year 3)
  • Clinical requirements and electives (year 4)

Curriculum: Years 1 and 2

Years 1 and 2: Pre-Clerkship

During the first two years, the curriculum is organized around three integrated courses that provide students with a comprehensive view of evidence-based medicine:

  • Foundations of Medicine (18 hours/week)
  • Scholarly Reflection and Concentration/Capstone course (4 hours/week)
  • Clinical Arts and Sciences (6 hours/week)  

Foundations of Medicine Course

Year One Block Schedule

  1. Foundations of Science I (6 weeks)
  2. Foundations of Science II (6 weeks)
  3. Musculoskeletal and Integument (5 weeks)
  4. Neuroscience, Head and Neck Anatomy (7 weeks)
  5. Heart, Lung and Kidney (6 weeks)
  6. Gastrointestinal, Endocrine, Genitourinary and Reproductive (7 weeks)

Year Two Block Schedule

  1. Fundamentals - Pathology, Immunology, Cancer and Hematology (7 weeks)
  2. Neurology and Psychiatry (5 weeks)
  3. Heart, Lung and Kidney (5 weeks)
  4. Gastrointestinal-Endocrine (6 weeks)
  5. Breast – Genitourinary – Reproductive (4 weeks)
  6. Musculoskeletal and Integument (3 weeks)

Recurring and integrated themes throughout the Foundations of Medicine course include nutrition, behavioral and social science, pharmacology, epidemiology and ethics.

Scholarly Reflection and Concentration/Capstone course

Year One

  • Biostatistics
  • Research Methodology
  • Narrative Medicine
  • Concentration-specific Curricula
  • Capstone Project Time

Year Two

  • Narrative Medicine
  • Concentration-specific Curricula
  • Capstone Project Time

SRCC continues through years three and four as students continue to work on their Capstone projects and engage in Narrative Medicine.

Clinical Arts and Sciences Courses

Years One and Two

  • Foundations of Clinical Care (FCC)
  • Medical Student Home (MeSH)

Curriculum: Year 3

Year 3: Clinical Rotations

The third year comprises in-depth clinical experiences through six required six-week clerkships, plus one Required Experience block. Here you’ll focus on either your Capstone project, USMLE Step 1 examination or another specialty of interest. Students receive training in both ambulatory and inpatient settings. At the end of each clerkship, students take a national board exam for that specialty. Based on their clinical evaluation, Objective Structured Clinical Exam (OSCE) and a “shelf” exam, students are assigned an Honors, High Pass, Pass, or Fail. All students will have taken and passed Step 1 before starting their fourth year.

  1. Obstetrics and Gynecology
  2. Family Medicine
  3. Pediatrics
  4. Psychiatry
  5. Internal Medicine
  6. Surgery
  7. Required Experience (Step 1/Capstone)

Curriculum: Year 4

Year 4: Clinical Requirements and Electives

During the fourth year students take three, four-week required clerkships in addition to electives. Students will also complete and present their Capstone project and take USMLE® Step 2 Clinical Knowledge and Clinical Skills examinations. Finally, there is dedicated time for residency interviews during this year.

Required Clerkships

  1. Emergency Medicine (4 weeks)
  2. Critical Care (4 weeks)
  3. Sub-Internship (4 weeks; one of the following:)
      • Internal Medicine
      • Family Medicine
      • Pediatrics
      • Surgery
      • Obstetrics and Gynecology

Electives

Twenty-four weeks of electives of the student’s choice. Electives can be taken at the Netter School or students can participate in away rotations — internationally or domestically. Custom electives are also an option, subject to approval. Elective choices available to students are shown below in clusters that help prepare students for their preferred specialties.

Surgery:

  • Cardiography
  • Nephrology
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Pathology
  • Pulmonology

OB/GYN:

  • Anesthesia
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology
  • Dermatology
  • Medicine

Psychiatry:

  • Neurology
  • Addiction
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pediatrics (for adolescent and child psychology)

Hematology Oncology:

  • Geriatrics
  • Psychiatry
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Pathology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pain Management
  • Palliative Care

Gastroenterology:

  • Cardiology
  • Psychiatry
  • Radiology
  • Pathology
  • Endocrinology

Pediatrics:

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Genetics
  • Perinatal unit (pre-natal care and post-partum/neonatal issues)
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Pediatric Emergency Room
  • Pediatric Nephrology

Internal Medicine:

  • Addiction Medicine
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Psychiatry
  • Endocrinology
  • Cardiology
  • Dermatology
  • Geriatrics
  • Diagnostic Radiology

Family Medicine:

  • Neurology
  • Ortho (outpatient)
  • Cardiology
  • Pulmonology
  • Psychiatry
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Addiction Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Dermatology
  • Geriatrics