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The LSI Curriculum

Students work together as a team to prepare for clinical rotations by practicing on simulation equipment in the safe environment of the clinical skills lab

Curriculum Overview

The Lead. Serve. Inspire. curriculum (LSI) is a thee-part, four-year program that fully integrates basic science learning in the classroom with clinical science applied in the clinical arena. The LSI competency-based framework ensures that we prepare future physicians to provide high-caliber health care to diverse populations.

Students gain hands-on experience early in the program through longitudinal, practice-based clinical service that offers opportunities to apply classroom knowledge to actual patient situations. A team-based environment, emphasizing self-directed learning with multiple assessment methods, provides students with individualized learning opportunities while producing standardized outcomes. The goal of the LSI curriculum is to ensure that all students are prepared to excel in their chosen post-graduate residency programs and ultimately move on to their areas and specialization and practice.

Unlike other medical school programs where students spend two years in the classroom and two years in a clinical environment, Ohio State students get early clinical experience taking care of patients in the program’s first ten weeks, learning how to take vital signs, give injections, draw blood and do EKGs.

First-year students will be assigned to a clinic in week nine – going one day ever other week for 18 months. As members of the healthcare team, students will be serving as a vital part in the clinic, getting to know our doctors, nursing staff and technicians, and considering the patients their own.

Hallmarks of the LSI Curriculum:
  • Three-part curriculum that takes four years to finish
  • Fully integrated basic and clinical sciences
  • Early longitudinal practice based clinical service that allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real patients
  • Self-directed learning with multiple assessment methods to provide individualized learning with standardized outcomes
  • Faculty coaching to support strong clinical skills
  • Project work that requires critical thinking and synthesis
  • Clinical based problem solving in a team-based environment