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Discovery Curriculum

Provides students with the drive, methods, collaborative spirit and long-term commitment

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It’s a lifelong journey of learning and DISCOVERY.

MCW’s Discovery curriculum is a dynamic model that features multifaceted learning modalities – including classroom experiences led by nationally-recognized faculty, clinical experiences guided by expert mentors, peer-based small group interactions and opportunities for individualized career pursuits.

Our Discovery curriculum provides students with the drive, methods, collaborative spirit and long-term commitment needed for future success as physicians. Additionally, the curriculum propels students towards clinical excellence in the short term and engenders lifelong learning. The course of study reflects the collaborative and enthusiastic development effort of basic scientists, clinicians, students and staff members to create an innovative curriculum that is geared toward producing exceptional and compassionate physicians prepared to practice medicine in the 21st century. Truly, the Discovery curriculum encourages students to think and act like physicians from “day one.”

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  • 3-Year Curriculum-Green Bay
  • 4-Year Curriculum-Milwaukee
  • 3-Year Curriculum-Central Wisconsin

Green Bay

DISCOVERY CURRICULUM GREEN BAY

It’s a lifelong journey of learning and DISCOVERY.

 

curriculum schedule

Scholarly Pathways

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Basic Sciences

Your first-year course of study ensures you master fundamental basic science content before progressing to complex biomedical problem-solving in organ system units. Your second-year courses are fully integrated and continue your 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 your knowledge of the basic sciences acquired in year one.

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Early Clinical Experiences

Beginning in the First Year summer, you will begin learning the basic clinical competencies required for meaningful patient interaction in the Foundations of Clinical Medicine course. Additionally, your Clinical Apprenticeship course runs through the Year One Fall and Year One Spring. In both Foundations of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Apprenticeship, preceptors mentor you, observe your respective levels of patient care and provide direct feedback. Your Clinical Apprenticeship emphasizes clinical skills practice, allowing you to hone the skills you have absorbed in the clinic. Beginning in the Year One Spring, you 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 your learning and retention.  Your Second Year Summer and entire Third Year features increased exposure to the clinical experience by way of clerkships and sub-internships, enabling you to integrate science with clinical medicine and put it into practice.

INTERPROFESSIONAL EDUCATION (IPE)

You will learn about and participate in various IPE sessions throughout the curriculum. You will be introduced to IPE early on and have an opportunity to work in student interdisciplinary teams with partnering institutions. In the succeeding years, you will choose from IPE electives including hands-on IPE simulations, IPE panel discussions and IPE interdisciplinary case-based discussions to appropriately assess and address health care needs of a patient. Your IPE experiences will provide you with the tools to identify your own professional role, identify the roles of other professionals, and learn how to effectively collaborate with other health professionals in order to establish mutual respect, dignity, diversity, ethical integrity and trust.

MCW Green Bay Campus Partners:

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Individual Study Time

MCW–Green Bay understands that everyone learns in a multitude of ways. The Discovery curriculum includes dedicated independent study time to allow you to prepare and/or review material in a manner best suited to your learning style


Clinical Years

Clinical Years

The MCW–Green Bay Discovery curriculum includes pre-Year Two clerkships, in addition to a full year of clerkships in your Third Year. MCW’s eight clerkships include required rotations in: Anesthesiology, Family Medicine, Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Surgery. You will have elective time available allowing flexibility in your 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

In preparation for earlier entry into clerkships, in your Year  One, Two, and Three, you will be enrolled in 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 you will become a well-rounded student, prepared for residency and having mastered the MCW Global Competencies (PDF) helping you to become a successful physician.

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Physician in the Community

Physician in the Community Pathway

As an MCW-Green Bay student, you’ll participate in our Physician in the Community Pathway, linking your medical education with the resources of our clinical partners and the needs of the Green Bay-area communities to promote health in Northern Wisconsin. This unique MCW experience is designed to cultivate your medical skills and interests, transforming them into a quest for lifelong learning in your practice as a primary care physician, general surgeon or psychiatrist.

Milwaukee

Discovery Curriculum Milwaukee

It’s a lifelong journey of learning and DISCOVERY.

 

curriculum SCHEDULE

SCHOLARLY PATHWAYS

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Basic Sciences

Your 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. Your Second-Year courses are fully integrated and continue your 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 your knowledge of the basic sciences acquired in your First Year.

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Early Clinical Experiences

In the first half of the year, you will begin learning the basic clinical competencies required for working in the clinics – which commences in the second half of the year. During the clinical apprenticeships in the second and third sections, preceptors mentor you, observe your respective levels of patient care and provide direct feedback. The fourth section emphasizes clinical skills practice, allowing you to hone the skills they have absorbed in the clinic. Your Third and Fourth Years feature increased exposure to the clinical experience by way of clerkships and sub-internships – along with continued exposure in the basic sciences.

INTERPROFESSIONAL EDUCATION (IPE)

You will learn about and participate in various IPE sessions throughout the curriculum. You will be introduced to IPE early on and have an opportunity to work in student interdisciplinary teams with partnering institutions. In the succeeding years, you will choose from IPE electives including hands-on IPE simulations, IPE panel discussions and IPE interdisciplinary case-based discussions to appropriately assess and address health care needs of a patient. Your IPE experiences will provide you with the tools to identify your own professional role, identify the roles of other professionals, and learn how to effectively collaborate with other health professionals in order to establish mutual respect, dignity, diversity, ethical integrity and trust.

MCW Milwaukee Campus Partners:

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Individualized Study Time

Because we understand everyone learns in a multitude of ways, our Discovery curriculum includes dedicated independent study time, allowing you to prepare and/or review material in a manner best suited to your respective learning style.


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Clinical Years

The Third Year of MCW-Milwaukee’s Discovery curriculum includes three 16-week blocks with “like” clerkships grouped together with some shared clinical experiences. Our eight clerkships include required rotations in Anesthesiology and Neurology. You will have 2 – 10 weeks of elective time available allowing early flexibility in your schedule to explore career opportunities.

Your Fourth Year incorporates plenty of electives and vacation opportunities for interviewing, in addition to solid preparation for residency, requiring two Acting Internships, an outpatient clerkship and a Capstone course.

Continuous Professional Development

Your Third and Fourth years are closely managed by a 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 you will become a well-rounded student that is prepared for residency and has mastered the MCW Global Competencies (PDF) in order to help you become a successful physician.

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Scholarly Pathways

MCW-Milwaukee’s Scholarly Pathways program provides you the opportunity to individualize aspects of your medical education by participating in one of our areas of concentration and by pursuing scholarly projects.


Each of the pathways features two components, the first is a structured curriculum with a core set of competencies delivered through monthly workshops, or core sessions. The second comprises flexible, experiential non-core activities in which each student is guided by a faculty advisor and their own individualized learning plan (ILP) to apply the core concepts in a variety of settings. At the end of the M3 year, students must have completed a scholarly project.

DISCOVERY CURRICULUM

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Wausau, Wisconsin

 

CURRICULUM SCHEDULE AND COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

MCW's three-year Discovery curriculum is a calendar-efficient program available at MCW-Central Wisconsin, allowing for graduation one year earlier than traditional programs. This is achieved by reducing the number of electives and the length of the traditional medical school breaks, and is appealing if you prefer to graduate sooner and begin working as a physician sooner.

One of the hallmarks of an MCW education is participating in a Scholarly Pathway, allowing you to individualize your medical education. As an MCW-Central Wisconsin student, the Physician in the Community Pathway will link your medical education with the resources and needs of the Central Wisconsin area communities and our partners to promote health in the region. 

This unique MCW educational experience is designed to cultivate your medical skills and interests and transform them into a quest for lifelong learning in your practice as a primary care physician, general surgeon, psychiatrist or other specialty shortage fields.

View the curriculum schedule and course descriptions

CLINICAL SITES

Beginning in the First Year summer, you will learn basic clinical competencies required for meaningful patient interaction in the Foundations of Clinical Medicine course. Additionally, your Clinical Apprenticeship runs through the Year One Fall and Year One Spring. In both Foundations of Clinical Medicine and Clinical Apprenticeship, preceptors mentor you, observe your respective levels of patient care and provide direct feedback. Beginning in the Year One Spring, you will also have dedicated learning activities through the Bench-to-Bedside course. This course will supplement direct patient care experiences and include basic science context to enhance your learning and retention. Your first clerkship rotations start the summer between your M1 and M2 years, and continue the following summer and through much of your M3 year.

View current and potential clinical experience locations (PDF)

INTERPROFESSIONAL EDUCATION (IPE)

You will learn about and participate in various IPE sessions throughout the Curriculum. You will be introduced to IPE early on and have an opportunity to work in student interdisciplinary teams with various health program students from partnering institutions. Your IPE experiences will provide you with the tools to identify your own professional role, identify the roles of other professionals, and learn how to effectively collaborate with other health professionals in order to establish mutual respect, dignity, diversity, ethical integrity and trust.

View additional information on IPE at the Medical College of Wisconsin

 

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Three or Four Year Discovery Curriculum

It’s a lifelong journey of learning and DISCOVERY.

Page Updated 06/06/2017