Leading EDGE Four-Year Curriculum

The Dell Medical School curriculum is designed to train not just doctors, but physician leaders who are as comfortable taking on transformational health challenges as they are caring for patients. Every innovation, from the team-based learning to the Innovation, Leadership and Discovery Year, is designed to focus students on the distinct challenges of 21st century health and medicine – and to engage students’ creativity in solving those challenges. Students have the benefit of receiving a core leadership curriculum and the opportunity to pursue individualized paths to that leadership, created for each student based on experience and interest.


The plan for an innovative, highly integrated educational program incorporates guided, self-directed learning, new technologies, inter-professional education and health care delivery systems education.

Generous opportunities with sufficient flexibility to pursue translational, health care redesign and basic science research, scholarship, and dual degrees are integrated into the program.

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Curriculum Overview By Year

Year 1 Curriculum – Essentials

The 48-week pre-clinical curriculum will impart the foundational knowledge for students to prepare and succeed in the clinical years of medical school.

Year 2 Curriculum – Delivery

Year 2 consists of 48 weeks of clinical instruction; 40 weeks of required clerkships and 6 weeks of selective course options with a 2-week vacation.

Year 3 Curriculum – Growth

Nine months of the third year are reserved for the Innovation, Leadership and Discovery Block, which includes options to perform traditional research or pursue a dual degree.

Year 4 Curriculum – Exploration

Year 4 consists of 35 weeks with 16 weeks of required clinical rotations, 16 weeks of clinical electives and a 3-week intensive residency preparation experience.

Four-Year Integrated Curriculums

Developing Outstanding Clinical Skills (DOCS)

The Developing Outstanding Clinical Skills Integrated Curriculum provides an understanding of the role of the physician in the clinical setting and in the community through longitudinal small group and clinical learning experiences throughout the four years of medical school. During the first year, the course will focus on patient interviewing, physical diagnosis, physical exam, patient write-ups from student's clinical encounters, clinical reasoning, developing the doctor-patient relationship and a professional, empathetic and inclusive physician.

Interprofessional Education (IPE)

The Interprofessional Education Integrated Curriculum will fulfill the school’s vision by producing physicians who are prepared for interprofessional collaborative practice. The longitudinal curriculum will immerse learners in interprofessional inquiry, application and leadership to yield measurable impact and outcomes. The learning activities will be guided by core competencies in the areas of Values/Ethics for Interprofessional Practice, Roles/Responsibilities, Interprofessional Communication and Teams and Teamwork. Med students will learn and work with interprofessional students from social work, nursing, pharmacy, and nutrition, among others during their time at Dell Medical School.