The M.D. program learning experience at the University of Central Florida is a unique and exciting blend of state-of-the-art technology, interactions with virtual patients, clinical and laboratory experiences, research, facilitator-directed small group sessions, and interactive didactic lectures. Educational experiences throughout the curriculum are designed to enhance the learning environment, emphasize student-centered learning, application, and synthesis of information, as well as foster appreciation of life-long learning.
Program highlights include:
- Clinical experiences are embedded throughout the first two years in P-1 and P-2 Community of Practice modules. At least twice a month, students will work with community preceptors in a variety of settings to practice skills and to apply the concepts mastered in the integrated basic science curriculum to real patients.
- As part of approach described by the Dean as “Keep the Dream Alive!”, each student will complete a focused inquiry and research project in the I-1 and I-2 modules. The scope of the project is limited only by the student’s imagination and may include bench or clinical research as well as studies of quality of care, hospitality in medicine, quality of life, legal aspects of medicine, and more. Students will work with a mentor to develop a project or area of study that focuses on the student’s unique interest and career plans.
- Innovative simulation and animation experiences have been designed explicitly to integrate into and reinforce the curriculum. From basic science concepts to clinical diagnoses and treatment, the human patient mannequin simulators and online interactive virtual patients enhance and complement learning.