4 Year Curriculum Overview | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center


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The first phase is a culmination of basic science courses that uses an integrated, one-pass, organ-system-based curriculum. The blocks in this phase include Clinically Oriented Anatomy, General Principles, Organ Systems 1, Organ Systems 2, Organ Systems 3, Organ Systems 4 and Organ Systems 5. Students are also required to take a combined clinical skills/introduction to doctoring course named P3/DOCS, an introductory interprofessional education course and an online course that covers basic medical terminology in Spanish that prepares students for interacting with patients for whom Spanish is their primary or only language.

Coordinators:

Candace Brown, Unit Manager for Phase 1 Curriculum (806-743-4199)
Jay Patterson, Coordinator for Phase 1 Curriculum (806-743-3407)
Amanda Jeter, Coordinator for P3/DOCS Curriculum (806-743-4198)

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Year 2 features an interdisciplinary organ-based systems approach, combining principles and content from microbiology, pathology, neurosciences, and clinical medicine including:  Immunity and Multisystem Disorders , Integrated Neurosciences and Systems Disorders. P3/DOCS 2 is organized similarly to P3/DOCS 1 and is designed to allow students to apply knowledge obtained in Year 1 in practicing physician offices. Students must also complete an online course that covers basic medical terminology in Spanish that prepares students for interacting with patients for whom Spanish is their primary or only language.

Coordinators:

Candace Brown, Unit Manager for Y1 and Y2 Curriculum (806-743-4199)
Jennifer Patterson, Coordinator for Y1 and Y2 Curriculum (806-743-3407)
Amanda Jeter, Coordinator for P3/DOCS Curriculum (806-743-4198)

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In Phase 2, students move to the clinical arena on one of our four campuses: Lubbock, Amarillo, Covenant or Permian Basin. Each student focuses on one clinical discipline at a time, and rotates through six eight week clerkships in Internal Medicine, Surgery, Family Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry. Each student also participates in the Integration Seminar, a student-led Grand Rounds that explores the fundamental scientific basis of selected clinical cases.

FMAT students (who will have already completed their Family Medicine clerkship during the MS2 year) will instead complete a dedicated course (FMAT3) that covers learning objectives from the Sub-Internship and Critical Care Selectives normally completed in Phase 3 of the standard curriculum.

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Students must complete three selective experiences, each of which can
be performed in one of several clinical departments based on specific student interests. The selectives consist of a one-month Sub-Internship Rotation, a 2-week Critical Care Rotation and a 2-week Ambulatory Rotation. Students are also required to take Transition to Residency: Individualized Asynchronous Learning (TRIAL).

The remainder of the fourth-year curriculum consists of five months of broadly-based elective experiences. Electives may be completed on any TTUHSC campus or at LCME-accredited institutions in the US. 

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A list of Year 4 Rotations offered on each TTUHSC campus can be accessed here.