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Medical Students Start New Bridges Curriculum

Pictured: The Class of 2020 at their first day of orientation.
Photo credit: Do Qyuen Tran-Taylor

The new School of Medicine Bridges curriculum is considered one of the most innovative training currently offered at a medical school in the country. Immersed in clinical teams from the start, Bridges students will be trained to continuously improve care. Their understanding of the foundational sciences will be in sync with what they are learning in active clinical settings. They will be challenged to ask questions that advance not just their understanding of human health and disease but the very frontiers of science.


Basic scientists have complained for years that medical school focuses almost exclusively on concepts in the biomedical sciences that are “tried and true,” noted Catherine Lucey, MD, vice dean for education. Students may be exposed to scientific discovery if they work in a research laboratory, but medical school in general does not cover ongoing research.

“We set out with this new curriculum to ensure that every medical student develops an understanding not only of the solid building blocks of biomedical science as they are known today, but also the cutting-edge science occurring today that will lead to advances in the way they care for patients tomorrow,” said Lucey.

The Bridges curriculum provides dedicated time for all of students to engage in a scholarly project during medical school. In their first year, as part of the Inquiry element, medical students will spend two weeks addressing a chosen topic related to the most pressing challenges in biomedicine and health care.

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