Program Overview
UGME Curriculum

The curriculum underwent an extensive renewal process following a needs assessment commencing in 2010. The new Pre-Clerkship curriculum was introduced in 2014 following the introduction of a revised Clerkship in 2013. The curriculum is separated into 8 Modules (M0-M7) with Pre-Clerkship and Clerkship each having 4 modules.

The overarching principles of the curriculum entail a fully integrated spiral scaffold curriculum throughout the four years emphasizing Person to Community Centered approach. The Pre-Clerkship modules, the Human Biology, Health & Disease Modules are based upon organ systems, and are not departmentally based. The educational strategies involve a progressive increase in interactive and self-directing learning with continued development beyond the initial introduction.

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PRE-CLERKSHIP (Modules 0 – 3)
Human Biology, Health & Disease Modules

After the first 4 weeks of basic science foundation relevant to the study of medicine (M0), the following 62 weeks ( separated by breaks) provides a system-based, spiral, scaffold, integrated approach to normal (M1) and abnormal function (M2).

There are 9 system based units each with 2 separate courses per system scaffolding from the application of basic science to normal function (M1) evolving to clinical practice (M2). M2 starts with an introduction to Infectious Disease and Therapeutics.

Year 2 concludes with a 9 week Consolidation Module (M3) to ensure all the content from the previous modules and Longitudinal courses is assimilated.

All individual courses will have a separate evaluation each requiring a minimum mastery with scaffold content.

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Module Zero Foundation of Medicine (M0) +

Module One Human Biology & Health (M1) +

Module Two Health and Disease (M2) +

Module Three Consolidation (M3) +

Pre-clerkship Course Descriptions

Blood and Immunology (BI) +

Cardiovascular (CV) +

Respiratory (RS) +

Neuroscience (NS) +

Musculoskeletal (MSK) +

Endocrine and Metabolism (EM) +

Women’s Reproductive Health (WRH) +

Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (GHN) +

Urinary Tract (UT) +

Infectious Diseases and Therapeutics (IDT) +

Introduction to Oncology (ONC) +


The focus will be a Person to Community Centered curriculum highlighting principles of professionalism, social accountability & responsibility helping to contextualize health issues and maximizing community exposures. 

Longitudinal Course Descriptions:

Clinical Reasoning (CR) +

Clinical Skills (CS) +

Professionalism (PF) +

Population Health (PH) +

Indigenous Health (IH) +

Consolidation Module 3 (CM) +


The Themes in the context of this curriculum are content areas or disciplines integrated into other courses each with a designated leader but no separate student assessment:


CLERKSHIP (Modules 4 – 7):

Clerkship was redeveloped to facilitate the integrated 4 year scaffold curriculum ensuring the clerkship curriculum is connected with the principles of the new Pre-Clerkship curriculum.

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Module Four: Transition to Clerkship (M4) +

Module Five: Core Clinical Rotations and UGME Academic Half Days (M5) +

Module Six: Electives and CaRMS (M6) +

Module Seven: Transition to Residency (M7) +