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Foundations 2 is the 48-week long phase where students receive their core clerkship training with an emphasis on applying foundational sciences to patient care. In a new model, one day per week will be dedicated to reinforcing and advancing student understanding of foundational science and learning the science of healthcare value.
This core clerkship phase spans 12 months starting in January of the second year.
Key Activities during F2
- Inquiry case content and “spiral learning” of the Foundational Sciences in preparation for Deep Explore projects and the USMLE licensing examinations.
- Structured time for students to enhance career exploration by either extending core clerkships or arranging for elective experiences.
- Students will take their USMLE Step 1 and 2 exams at the end of Foundations 2 to reinforce the importance of sustained basic science competency to the clinical practice of medicine. Read the report to learn more about placement of these exams at the end of Foundations 2.