First Year

Essentials Year

The 48-week pre-clinical curriculum will impart the foundational knowledge for students to prepare and succeed in medical school. This year is highly integrated and consists of eight blocks, a capstone course and two longitudinal courses with early clinical and interprofessional experiences as well as a two-week vacation.


  • Cells to Populations (Seven weeks)
  • Structure and Function (Twelve weeks)
  • Medical Neuroscience (Four weeks)
  • Foundations of Disease (Six weeks)
  • Mechanisms of Disease (Sixteen weeks)

Longitudinal Courses

  • Developing Outstanding Clinical Skills
  • Foundations for Interprofessional Collaborative Practice
  • Foundations for Leadership Practice


  • Vacation (Thirty-one-and-a-half days)