Section 2: Curriculum, Schedules, and Degree Programs

Academic Curriculum

The curriculum of the School of Medicine is comprised of three Phases:

Foundations Phase (19 months)

  • Immersion Experience: During the first 6 weeks of medical study, students will receive training as Emergency Medical Technicians and learn about population health throughout the communities of the Las Vegas Valley.
  • Problem-Based Learning: The Foundations Phase will utilize small group problem-based learning in which basic science and clinical science material will be presented in a patient-centered format facilitating the development of a well-rounded knowledge base as well as clinical reasoning abilities. Problem-based Learning sessions will be complemented by Resource Sessions that provide additional opportunities for expanded learning of core concepts.

Clerkship Phase (11 months)

  • Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships: Comprehensive, patient- and learner-centered care in varied clinical settings across seven core specialties: internal medicine, family medicine, neurology, obstetrics & gynecology, psychiatry, and surgery. Following an immersion on inpatient services, rotations occur in outpatient settings, and incorporate time for self-directed learning and exploration of other specialties.

Career Exploration and Scholarship Phase (12 months)

  • Required Sub-internships: Students will complete two required sub-internships where they will function as advanced learners responsible for day-to-day supervised management of patients on inpatient wards.
  • Nevada Community Medicine: Students will complete a one-month rotation in a community site within the state of Nevada.
  • Intensive Care: Each student will complete a one-month rotation in Intensive Care.
  • Electives: Students will have the opportunity to complete four months of Electives, selected by students with the advice and under the guidance of their Clinical Advisor.
  • Capstone: Provides students with important skills and information to successfully navigate the transition to residency training. Hands-on and procedural training will be included to meet the changing requirements of residency.
  • Vacation and Interview Months: Three months are available for vacation and residency interviews. During Interview Season (November, December, January) students are not permitted to schedule required (Sub-I, ICU, Nevada Community Medicine) rotations.

Longitudinal Threads

Running throughout the medical school experience are several curricular components including:

  • Analytics in Medicine: Meets weekly throughout Phases 1 & 2 of the medical school curriculum. A longitudinal multi-part experience that develops student proficiency in using analytical thinking in clinical care and research to interpret and apply evidence to patient care and decisions for health care improvement, systems and processes. Topics include: biostatistics, epidemiology, bioethics, and evidence-based medicine.
  • Doctoring Curriculum: Meets weekly throughout Phases 1 & 2 of the medical school curriculum. A protensive series of experiences supplemented with primary care preceptorships focusing on physical examination, communication, diagnostic reasoning and clinical skills, as well as professional development.
  • Nevada Community Medicine: Weekly experiences throughout the medical school experience providing students with insight and experience in community service organizations throughout the Las Vegas Valley and surrounding areas. Optional summer experiences follow the first year of medical study. During the Exploration and Scholarship Phase, students will complete a one-month rotation in a Community Site selected with the advice and guidance of the Associate Dean for Community Outreach.

Required remediation also will be completed during intersessions.

Campus and Facilities

Medical students will be based on the UNLV Shadow Lane Campus, located at 1001 Shadow Lane, near University Medical Center, the medical school's partner teaching hospital. Facilities here will include: classrooms, anatomy lab, library, student lounge, small group study rooms and a health sciences library.

Faculty and student support staff will have daily office hours at the Shadow Lane Campus, Building B., Suite 260A.

Administrative offices for the School of Medicine will be located at 2040 W. Charleston Blvd., Floors 3, 4, 5.

Dual Degrees

The School of Medicine will develop dual degrees once accreditation is fully approved. Medical students are eligible to request a leave of absence to pursue an additional degree program of their choice after Phase 2, Year 3. Students should contact the Office of Student Affairs for more information on this option.