Medical Partnership students learn from on-site basic and clinical science faculty educators at a student to faculty ratio of 3:1. Teamwork and friendship are fostered by working in small groups.
First and second-year students study foundational and clinical sciences in a hybrid curriculum that makes extensive use of small-group learning, supplemented by interactive large-group sessions. We focus on integration of subject areas such as biochemistry, physiology, and microbiology within the context of clinical problems, highlighting our patient-centered approach while providing a comprehensive foundation of basic sciences. Our curriculum provides students with the context necessary to develop lifelong learning strategies needed to provide effective care for their future patients.
The emphasis on an integrated approach to teaching and lifelong learning begins in the first year. Students become familiar with the normal structure and function of the human body in the context of clinical cases that also highlight social and behavioral aspects of medicine. This process continues in the second year, which emphasizes the disease process and the best way to treat the disease clinically.
Required and elective third- and fourth-year clerkships are available in private practices, community clinics, and hospitals across Northeast Georgia. These two years involve the application of the knowledge acquired in the pre-clerkship years to a clinical setting. The third year consists of clinical rotations in the core disciplines of medicine, while the fourth year allows exploration in areas of interest through electives and selectives.