The first-year course of study ensures students with varied backgrounds master fundamental basic science content before progressing to complex biomedical problem-solving in organ system units. The second-year courses are fully integrated and continue students’ preparation for the United States Medical Licensing Exam Step 1. Systems-based and symptom-based units are organized around common symptoms and focus on assimilating students’ knowledge of the basic sciences acquired in year one.
Early Clinical Experiences
Beginning in the M1 summer, MCW Green Bay students begin learning the basic clinical competencies required for meaningful patient interaction in the Foundations of Clinical Medicine course. Additionally, the Clinical Apprenticeship runs through the M1 fall and M1 spring. In both Foundations of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Apprenticeship, preceptors mentor students, observe their respective levels of patient care and provide direct feedback. The Clinical Apprenticeship emphasizes clinical skills practice, allowing students to hone the skills they have absorbed in the clinic. Beginning in the M1 spring, students will have dedicated learning activities through the Bench to Bedside course that will supplement direct patient care experiences and include basic science context to enhance learning and retention. M2 summer and entire third year feature increased exposure to the clinical experience by way of clerkships and sub-internships which enable students to put into practice basic science and clinical medicine.
MCW’s Scholarly Pathways program provides students the opportunity to individualize aspects of their education by participating in one of our areas of concentration and by pursuing scholarly projects. MCW GB students will participate in a Community Health Pathway that links medical education with the resources and needs of the Green Bay area communities and partners to promote health.
Individualized Study Time
Because students learn in a multitude of ways, the Discovery Curriculum includes dedicated independent study time to allow students to prepare and/or review material in a manner best suited to their respective learning styles.
MCW Green Bay Discovery Curriculum includes pre-M2 clerkship in addition to a full year of clerkships in the third year. MCW’s eight clerkships include required rotations in Anesthesiology, Family Medicine, Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Surgery. Students will have elective time available allowing flexibility in their schedules to explore career opportunities and provide time for interviewing in addition to solid preparation for residency requiring two Acting Internships, an outpatient clerkship and a capstone course.
Continuous Professional Development
Corresponding with the clerkships, in the M2 summer and third year, students are enrolled in a the Continuous Professional Development (CPD) course that focuses on the longitudinal progression of clinical skills and integration of cross-cutting topics including the basic sciences. The CPD course ensures a well-rounded student that is prepared for residency and has mastered the MCW Global Competencies (PDF) in order to become a successful physician.