The Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) degree program’s CIRCLE curriculum is guided by educational best practices in standardizing learning outcomes while providing students with opportunities to individualize the learning process. There is an emphasis on active learning with formative checkpoints for students to self-assess their progress and develop habits of self-directed learning and inquiry. The curriculum integrates basic & clinical science knowledge with early clinical experiences to provide students with a better understand of disease process and management. Ample time is provided for electives, selectives and exploration of career choices essential to professional identity formation.
The foundational 20-month preclinical curriculum emphasizes acquisition of formal knowledge and clinical skills in a systematic and incremental manner that emphasizes thematic relationships over rote memorization.
The clinical phase of the curriculum includes core clerkships where students gain experience in a variety of settings. In fourth year, there is ample opportunity to explore career interests and gain additional experience and confidence in clinical skills needed to transition to residency.
Two dual degree programs are available to students. Students also have the opportunity to pursue a degree distinction during medical school.
Our basic bedside ultrasound curriculum will extend over all 4 academic years. The curriculum will focus on hands-on training using live and simulation models with associated supplementary didactics.
Standardized Patient Program provides students with opportunities to develop their clinical skills. Standardized patients are individuals carefully chosen to portray patients with specific medical conditions.
Keys to Success
Culture of Excellence
We strive to maintain a culture of inclusion, high expectations and fairness. We embrace and celebrate distinctive perspectives and viewpoints that enrich all members of the Long School of Medicine and UT Health San Antonio.
Proven Integrated Curriculum
The CIRCLE Curriculum integrates clinical experiences from the first day of medical school with foundational science through all four years. We have a proven track record of student satisfaction and success on United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) and in the National Resident Match Program (NRMP).
Students have the ability to individualize clinical activities. Opportunities are available to participate in Student-Faculty collaborative clinics in the community. Various community service learning projects and elective courses are available both locally and internationally.
An integrated group of talented, passionate, experienced medical educators who are Researchers, Clinicians, and Leaders.