Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)

The Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree at the UNLV School of Medicine prepares a diverse student body for the delivery of patient-centered care and meaningful careers in clinical practice, research, and community service. The program integrates foundational science and primary care clinical experiences with community-based service learning that addresses population health and social disparities, incorporates independent research projects that contribute to the growth of scientific knowledge and community health resources, and develops strong commitments to public service and lifelong learning. The curriculum includes instruction in biomedical ethics, ethical decision-making, patient safety, population health, interprofessional skills, and professionalism, as well as addresses non-traditional medical needs, such as aspects of hospitality, cultural competence, bias recognition and reduction, legal, and cultural facets of medicine.

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Learning Objectives

Sciences Knowledge Base

  • Apply the principles of anatomy, behavioral science, biochemistry, biostatistics, cell biology, epidemiology, genetics, immunology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology, and physiology to determine the etiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of significant human disorders.
  • Identify and propose a treatment plan for acute and chronic diseases.


  • Demonstrate personal accountability, altruism, humanism, self-awareness, and humility in the care of patients, self, and others.

Clinical Skills

  • Communicate effectively with patients, families, and other health care professionals, including in situations involving communication barriers.
  • Conduct and document complete and focused medical histories and physical examinations and recognize confounding factors including age, gender, sociocultural factors, socioeconomic status, family history, and emotional status.
  • Correctly perform basic procedural skills with attention to patient comfort and safety.

Patient as a Person

  • Integrate epidemiological, socioeconomic, behavioral, sociocultural, and community factors into patient care.
  • Apply knowledge of wellness, nutrition, hospitality principles, pain management, and integrative medicine to patient care.
  • Anticipate ethical issues encountered in clinical care and research, explain ethically justifiable options and consequences from multiple perspectives, and manage ethical challenges in medical practice and research.
  • Provide appropriate patient-centered counseling techniques to improve outcomes and patient satisfaction, and to promote optimal use of health care resources.
  • Identify end-of-life care issues, including palliative care, from the perspectives of patient, family, and health care providers.

Critical Judgement and Scholarship

  • Demonstrate advanced clinical reasoning to develop and narrow differential diagnoses by merging clinical information with knowledge of the mechanisms of disease.
  • Formulate clinical questions and apply evidence-based medicine to provide quality health care to individuals and populations.
  • Practice scholarship based on scientific research methods.

The Medical Practice and its Role in the Community

  • Identify the personal skills and systems-level processes that support continuous quality improvement, including patient safety.
  • Advocate for the improvement of public health outcomes through community engagement and the analysis of social determinants of health and disease.

Health care Systems

  • Discuss the core financial, legal, structural, policy, and regulatory aspects of the United States health care system and their impact on the delivery of health care.


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Program Information

Plans of Study: Part II
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