Focusing on the Future of Medical Education

This site provides an overview of the curriculum renewal process at the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Faculty, staff, students and other interested parties are encouraged to bookmark this site and check back frequently for the updates on this very important initiative.

Current Course Documents

Mechanisms of Health and Disease and Foundations of Cellular Life

Clinical and Professional Skills (link to come)

Medicine and Society (link to come)


What's happening now?

October 27, 2015: An updated version of the curriculum diagram is available.

February 12, 2015 - The following videos were created in consultation with the curriculum steering committee. They're intended as a marketing tool to explain the curriculum and its benefits to students, and have been placed on the home page of the MD program, at as well as within the admissions portion of the site.

The New Horizons Curriculum Part 1

The New Horizons Curriculum Part 2

December 10, 2014 - Here is an updated version of the MOHD topic and content outline. Click the link here.

April 29, 2014 - To go along with the MOHD and CAPS outlines below, MAS I and II topic and content outlines are now available. Click the links:

April 17, 2014 - NEW TOPIC AND CONTENT OUTLINES are available for the MOHD and CAPS courses, to be implemented beginning in the fall of 2014. Click the links below:

January 9, 2014 - An updated version of the curriculum diagram now reflects a change to the timing and length of the USMLE Step 1 block. It now takes place in January.

October 1, 2013 - An overview of the MD curriculum.

June 12, 2013 - The latest revision of the curriculum diagram is available here.

December 18, 2012 - The new strand and course directors, who will guide, develop, design and implement the new curriculum, are announced. Read more about them.

October 1, 2012 - The new curriculum begins fall 2014. Learn more here.

June 13, 2011 - Building upon the work of the curricular modeling committees, the steering committee continues to develop changes and plans for the curriculum renewal. Learn more about these developments here.

April 14, 2011 - The Curriculum Renewal Steering Committee continues to work on the development of curricular improvement. Several changes will be taking place in the upcoming year. Learn more about these changes here.

January 26, 2011 - The Steering Committee has made several presentations to faculty and students in an effort to gather comments and suggestions regarding the various proposed models. View the presentation here.

September 27, 2010 - the Steering and Modeling committees met in a joint retreat to hear and review each curriculum model developed by the modeling committees. View the curriculum diagrams and presentations here.

Why renew the curriculum?

Although we have improved our curriculum over the years through our continuous improvement process activities, it has been more than 15 years since we have undertaken a comprehensive review and renewal of the entire curriculum.

Our preparation for the LCME accreditation visit helped us identify the many strengths of our program, but also many opportunities, including the need for greater integration between courses and clerkships and between material presented in the basic sciences and the clinical disciplines.

It is clear that medicine is practiced very differently today than it was 15 years ago; and it will be very different in 2020 than it is today. That is why we must be focused on tomorrow – not today – as we develop and implement a curriculum that will best prepare our students for their future life’s work.

Weight of Medical Knowledge

This will be challenging, especially with the rate of medical knowledge doubling every three years currently and projected to be doubling every 73 days by 2020 (see above). However, we are confident that the process we have undertaken will result in a curriculum as innovative and nationally regarded as the one we last implemented.

To view more information about other factors influencing the development of the new curriculum, click here.