Curriculum

The Next Generation at UVA

At the UVA School of Medicine, you will be engaged and challenged from the outset by the system-based “Next Generation” Cells to Society curriculum. “NxGen” combines the practice and science of medicine to educate and train physicians to provide patient-centered care, practice evidence-based medicine and engage in lifelong learning.

The “Next Generation” curriculum eschews the traditional split of basic and clinical sciences and instead employs an integrated system-based learning experience throughout the four year MD program. You will be exposed to a balance of active and experiential activities, clinical cases and patients, problem-based learning, small group and team-based experiences, hands-on laboratories, self-directed learning, lectures and hospital and community-based clinical experiences.

The educational experiences and assessments are all competency based. We recognize the diversity of interests in our student body and offer an MD/MBA, MD/PhD (MSTP), several tracks of MD/MPH and an MD/MS in Clinical Research through our dual degree programs. You can also take courses or get an additional degree through one of the other graduate programs at the University. We have an 18 month pre-clerkship phase, which integrates clinical performance development and service learning foundations and integrated organ systems. The clerkship phase is devoted to clinical training in the hospitals and clinics. Finally, the post-clerkship phase provides opportunities for you to engage in advanced clinical skills training and tailor your educational experience to your own interests and career aspirations. International opportunities and travel stipends are available through the Center For Global Health and other programs. This offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture, learn other languages and pursue clinical or research interests worldwide.

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