Curriculum Guides and Course Syllabi

The medical school faculty is embarking on a curriculum transformation plan starting with Year 1  being implemented July 2018. The Highways to Excellence curriculum develops more individualized educational experiences. The organ systems-based curriculum blends and reinforces basic sciences and clinical experiences from day one, integrating classroom, self-directed learning and small-group learning with clinical skills, cases, experience and training. The curriculum enables physicians-in-training to customize their studies, with time for electives and career choice exploration, including opportunities to focus on the health of underserved populations through community impact missions and partnerships.

Highways to Excellence Curriculum

This is the curriculum track for students who entered Wayne State University School of Medicine after June 2018. Learn more about the new Highways to Excellence Curriculum.

WSU SOM Curriculum

This is the curriculum track for students who entered Wayne State University School of Medicine before July 2018. Students who matriculated before the summer of 2018 may be enrolled in the WSU SOM Curriculum. New students cannot enter this track; it has been succeeded by the Highways to Excellence Curriculum track since July 2018.

The Wayne State University School of Medicine has established a comprehensive set of competencies and institutional objectives to prepare students for practicing medicine in the 21st century. The  PDFs summarize the general competencies and institutional learning objectives according to year.

The six general clinical competencies for medical students (identical to the general competences of postgraduate training) include:

  • Integration of the Basic Sciences in Medicine
  • Integration of Clinical Knowledge and Skills to Patient Care
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Professionalism
  • Organization and Systems-Based Approach to Medicine
  • Life Long Learning and Self-Improvement

As you progress through the  curriculum of medical school, periodically review these competencies and educational objectives. They provide valuable guides to the organization of the knowledge, skills and attitudes you will learn during this phase of your professional growth.

The curriculum guides and course syllabi are updated periodically and the updated version is displayed here in PDF format.

Year 2 CG
Year 3 CG
Year 4 CG