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The UMMC SOM offers a course of study leading to the degree of Doctor of Medicine. The four-year course of study is accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME).

The medical education curriculum comprises approximately 150 weeks of instruction over a four-year period in the foundational and clinical sciences.

The first two years or the preclinical phase offers instruction in the basic sciences with integrated learning experiences. Learning is facilitated through small-group discussions, laboratory experiences, lecture, computer-assisted learning, and independent study.

After passing Step 1 of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE), students are eligible for promotion to the third year which begins the clinical phase of the program. During the clinical phase, students participate in the team care of patients in the University Hospitals and Clinics and Veterans Affairs Medical Center and various community settings complete core clerkships in their third year. The required technical skills associated with ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) and the documentation of skills in technical procedures must be completed in the third year.

See the UMMC Bulletin for more information.