UWSOM Foundations Curriculum

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Welcome to the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM) Foundations Phase Curriculum Website. The Foundations Phase is the first of three phases in the UWSOM. The Foundation Phase begins with the students spending 2-3 weeks in Immersion; this is when they learn the essentials of the history and physical exams. The rest of the Foundation Phase is divided into seven blocks across the three terms. Students have no more than four hours a day of contact time in the classroom, four days a week, and no more than one hour a day of lecture. The fifth day of the week is saved for the longitudinal Foundations of Clinical Medicine course which spans all three terms. The Foundations of Clinical Medicine course has the students spending one day every other week in a primary care office and the alternate week learning more in-depth clinical skills. Students will spend all three terms in their home state. The curriculum is educationally equivalent at all of the WWAMI three-term sites, and common teaching materials, syllabi and examinations are given to ensure that all students are achieving the same level of competence. Many courses utilize computer-based information, and almost all communication with students outside of the classroom is through our Web pages and email. Thus, there is a requirement for all students to have a laptop computer with wireless capability.

Curricular Requirements

The awarding of the Doctor of Medicine degree is contingent upon satisfactory completion of all curricular requirements and academic and professional conduct requirements.

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