The organizing principle for the curriculum of JMCMF is to have graduate physicians who will provide relevant, quality care while fostering equity and improving individual and population health outcomes.
We apply an Integrative Pathways Curriculum, which is a competency-based approach designed for new generation of learners. It is characterized by learning across disciplines with an emphasis on understanding core principles through the fusion of distinct scientific disciplines, making learning more meaningful for the students.
Through Integrated Sessions, our students not only can revisit specific aspects of previous learning but also build on them as they move forward. The knowledge from different sources (basic science, clinical, factual, experiential, etc.) will be connected and interrelated in a way that fosters understanding and performance of the professional activities of medicine (history taking, physical examination, diagnosis, management, etc.). This approach will bring aspects of clinical cases back to foundational Basic Science Courses. On the other hand, it will bring aspects of basic sciences and other concepts into clinical courses and clerkship.
Our academic framework for educating and retaining students is intended to reinforce this goal by:
- Using population-based and health-care-based learning methodologies;
- Preparing students to resolve local health problems
- Learning across disciplines with an emphasis on understanding core principles
- Fusing distinct scientific disciplines
- Connecting and interrelating knowledge from different sources towards performance and practice of medicine
- Bringing aspects of clinical cases back to foundational basic science courses and bring aspects of BSC into clinical courses
- Biopsychosocial approach and real life process in the practice of medicine
- Developing clinical skills as a physician as early as first year