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"I want everybody to think about what the future will look like for our education mission, and to take the time to use your imagination to help design that future. Let's take what is unique about Oregon and the School of Medicine and incorporate that into a new curriculum." 

- Charge from Dean Mark Richardson | Read more »
An interactive timeline of M.D. Curriculum Transformation

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What will society need from physicians and health care professionals over the next 20 to 30 years?

In 1994, the OHSU School of Medicine answered that question by implementing a redesign of our M.D. curriculum. Our focus on what was then a cutting-edge approach to education earned us a national reputation, and helped support Oregon's physician workforce needs.


Prospective students: Click on the YOUR M.D. icon above to take a look at the curriculum.

Over the past two decades, the health care landscape has evolved and now is doing so at an ever-faster pace: reform, team-based health care, personalized medicine derived from unique genetic profiles, and an explosion of information technology – from smart phones to the electronic health record.

The time is right to ask the same question: What will society need from physicians over the next 20 to 30 years? To answer the question, the OHSU School of Medicine has boldly embarked on an exciting initiative to transform our M.D. curriculum.

Broadly, our goal is to prepare physicians to be leaders in a health care delivery and discovery environment that is rapidly changing – and likely to continue evolving under any future scenario.

The new curriculum will build on and expand the strengths of our current curriculum, enhance our commitment to Oregon's rural and underserved communities, and ensure OHSU continues to educate and graduate the types of physicians most needed by Oregon.

Curriculum-Template-clean-logoOur new curriculum (see draft at right) will embrace innovative new teaching methods, emphasizing 21st century skills related to health care quality, genetics, interprofessional teamwork, data interpretation, technology, costs and more.

Our students will advance through customized learning plans, allowing some students to complete medical school at an accelerated pace.

Our program will create lifelong learners, adaptable to an always-evolving health care environment and ready to provide the highest quality care for patients, communities and populations.

Together, we are imagining the physician of the mid-21st century. Together, we are developing a curriculum to educate this future physician. Together, we are changing the future of health.

Contact the Office of the Dean.

Did you know? The M.D. class entering in fall of 2014 will experience curriculum transformation in the OHSU/OUS Collaborative Life Sciences Building.




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