The LeadServeInspire (LSI) curriculum represents a unique and innovative
approach tomedical education. The curriculum consists of three parts
over four years of study:
•Part One is entitled Clinical Foundations and covers the
basic foundational sciences and clinical skills necessary for entrance into the
•Part Two, Clinical Applications provides students with
advanced foundational sciences and further clinical training cross the spectrum
of medical and surgical specialties.
•Part Three: Advanced Clinical Management is designed to
provide students with a variety of opportunities to individualize and advance
clinical care skills.
The LeadServeInspire curriculum is a Competency-based
curriculum. As such, each student must attain an acceptable level of competence
in all domains to pass. A student may not make up for a deficiency in one
domain by excelling in another.
Part One of the curriculum is divided into 8 blocks covering
the major foundational sciences topics and their clinical correlates, along
with allowing students to practice and build on clinical and communication
skills. After Part One is complete, and prior to beginning Part Two students
must take USMLE Step 1.
There are several key features of Part One of
•Part One is approximately two months shorter than the
current Med 1 and 2 years, and ends in early April. As such, some content that used to be covered in Med 1-2
will now be covered in Parts Two and Three. The goal is to still cover all
essential components in Part One and reinforce basic foundational concepts by
reintroducing them later in the curriculum.
•Anatomy will be taught longitudinally throughout Part One
as opposed to the current model of teaching anatomy during the first 10 weeks
of medical school. Thus anatomical concepts will be tightly integrated with the
histology, physiology, pathology, and clinical applications taught during each
•Students will participate in weekly Longitudinal Group
sessions one half-day per week. Groups of students will work with 1-2
facilitators across Part One. Topics for these sessions include interpersonal
communication, physical examination, behavioral/social sciences, and clinical
•Starting in early October, students will be placed at a
clinical site and participate in Longitudinal Practice sessions one half-day
every other week. To help prepare students for this experience, students will
receive basic training in medical interviewing, physical exam, and procedures
during the Medical Practice and Patient Care block. This will allow students to
function as productive members of the patient care team.
•At the end of each block an Assessment Week will allow
comprehensive and cumulative assessment of medical knowledge through a Final
Exam. Other competencies will be
assessed through Objective Structured Clinical Exams (OSCE), lab practicals,
and task completion. The Assessment
Week includes time to self-assess and reflect on personal performance and make
adjustments in learning strategies and focus.
•Interspersed throughout Part One are the Exploration Weeks
where students will be able to identify careers in medicine that match their
•Working longitudinally, students will complete
individualized Projects related to an Educational Portfolio, Health Coaching,
Community Health Education, and Health Systems, Informatics, and Quality.
An important goal of the LeadServeInspire curriculum is to
provide a variety of teaching and learning methods suited for the specific
content involved. As such, there will be a more diverse mix of lectures, labs,
Team Based Learning Exercises, self-study eLearning modules, interactive
clinical reasoning and integration sessions, clinical skills practice, and
small group sessions.
In summary, The LeadServeInspire Curriculum represents a
totally redesigned and innovative approach to educating today’s medical students,
focusing on close integration of foundational and clinical sciences,
self-directed active learning approaches, early clinical experiences, and
competency-based assessment across multiple domains. It will truly be the
curriculum for tomorrow's medicine, designed to shape the physician for the future.