Curriculum Overview

Curriculum overview for students prior to August 2016. Please see M Delta curriculum for students after 2016.

Years 1 and 2

Clinical Medicine Course (CMC) teaches clinical skills through community based clinical practice sites, small group seminars, and community experiences. Students will have the opportunity to learn about home health assessment, children and family services, chronic illness, and local communities and resources.

During the First Year
Students learn about the communities served by their practice and about agencies providing services in the area. Each student then works on a health promotion activity with a community program.

During the Second Year
Students learn about home health assessment visits, home care programs and other resources for people with chronic illness. Students are encouraged to use these skills to make a “house call” with a patient in their practice community. Community agencies and medical students working together model a collaborative relationship that can be applied throughout the students’ careers as physicians.

Year 3

During Year III of the program, students continue the study of population health through the Multidisciplinary Ambulatory Experience (MAX), which consists of eight months of outpatient experience in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, Surgery, and Psychiatry. The year culminates with the MAX project in which students analyze and evaluate a community health problem relevant to their clinical practice.

Family Medicine
Students work with community physicians throughout Connecticut and visit Hospice programs or other agencies providing direct patient services in those communities.

Students accompany staff from the Connecticut Department of Children and Families to learn about assessment, intervention and support services. Many students create additional experiences with community programs related to their MAX project or other areas of interest.

Students select a topic area and prepare a 20-minute presentation. Topics usually involve clinical problems or prevention. Students examine the topic from a population and community perspective and by researching the biological and clinical aspects. Projects are available to community programs.

Year 4

The Year IV program is an independent selective project. It is a two month intensive experience providing an opportunity to integrate learning from the first three years in the implementation of project. Selective projects can focus on health intervention, education, or research.

Years 1 to 4

All medical students are required to complete 15 hours of community service to fulfill graduation requirements. Service may begin any time throughout the four years. Students may choose to work with an agency in their practice community or with one of the many agencies in the Greater Hartford area.

Community Participation

Community representatives provide educational experiences for students and are partners in the evaluation of student performance and program objectives. Community representatives participate on the Community Curriculum Planning Committee to provide advice and guidance for all educational experiences in the Community Based Education Program. This committee, composed of students, faculty and community members, reflects a long standing community-university collaboration. The time and expertise provided by community agency staff are major contributions to the goal of excellence in medical education at the UConn School of Medicine. The University recognizes these contributions through annual receptions, certificates of appreciation and faculty appointments.