Elements of our Curriculum Plan
The first phase of the curriculum will begin with a six-week course leading to each student becoming a certified emergency medical technician (EMT) with orientation to the community, public health and cultural awareness.
Foundations in Medical Science
Students will learn medicine using an organ system approach that integrates basic and clinical sciences. Students will learn in small groups for approximately a year and a half. They also will learn medical Spanish, virtual microscopy and virtual anatomy. All students will have the opportunity for a meaningful community service learning experience during the Foundations in Medicine Science phase.
Foundations in Clinical Science
Students will have a full year of outpatient, integrated clerkships. They will experience firsthand the specialties of family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, and surgery in a medical-home practice model with faculty and residents. Students will get to know their patients and community over time and develop important relationships with physicians, nurses, and other members of the health care team. Working with UNLV’s William F. Harrah Hotel College of Hotel Administration, our students will be immersed in an approach to patient care that incorporates state-of-the art hospitality.
Career Preparation and Scholarship
The third phase of the curriculum will encompass hospital sub-internships and intensive care experience rotations as well as electives and completion of a scholarly project. Again, the connection to the Nevada community will be experienced through a Nevada Community Medicine rotation. Our students will be well prepared for the transition to residency with an intensive capstone rotation tailored to their chosen field.