Undergraduate Medical Education

The undergraduate curriculum for the College of Medicine promotes excellence in the foundational scientific and clinical principles supporting the delivery of compassionate, cutting-edge, preventive and therapeutic clinical care. The College prides itself on continually reviewing its curriculum with revisions and additions that represent best practices in modern medicine, correlated with principles of professionalism and cultural competence. The curriculum provides the knowledge base, attitudes and skills necessary for students to become outstanding physicians in the 21st century.

As a result of both an annual review of individual courses as well as a regular review of the entire curriculum, UK’s College of Medicine incorporates curricular changes that keep students current and utilizes the latest technology in medical education. Examples of these innovations include early longitudinal clinical experiences beginning in first year, integration of pre-clinical and clinical sciences, exposure to the concepts of Clinical and Translational Sciences, and longitudinal continuity experiences during clinical rotations. These and other curricular elements are delivered using state-of-the-art human-patient simulators, standardized patient encounters with immediate videotape feedback capability, small-group tutorials and team-based learning, interactive computer tutorials, and laboratory exercises.