This curriculum is for students who matriculated prior to 2014. Classes entering the OHSU School of Medicine in 2014 and beyond, will participate in the YOUR M.D. medical curriculum.

The goal of the School of Medicine curriculum is to present a four year continuum that balances emphasis on the scientific basis of medicine with early clinical experience; offers progressive patient care responsibilities for students; and permit students to individualize their educational programs as well as to enhance their independent learning and problem solving skills. The sciences basic to medicine are presented in an interdisciplinary format focusing initially on the scientific principles of medicine and ultimately progressing to disease processes and the clinical management and care of patients.

Highlights of the curriculum include:
  • Centralized responsibility for Curriculum in Dean's Office
  • Independent learning fostered
  • Integrated and multi-disciplinary basic science courses with enhanced clinical relevance organized as a continuum
  • Lecture and non- lecture learning balanced in half day sessions
  • Courses in a series to avoid competing with other courses
  • Instructional objective-based education
  • Early and longitudinal clinical preceptorship
  • Core clerkships completed during third year
  • Ambulatory and primary care strongly emphasized
  • Primary care clerkships linked sequentially
  • Required clinical experience in a rural and/or medically underserved area
  • Continuity Curriculum in the third year
  • Advanced clerkships in fourth year
  • Transition courses bridge curriculum at strategic junctures
  • Performance based assessment of students utilizing standardized patients
  • Internet- based courses and curriculum evaluation

Curriculum Structure

(Information about Years One and Two no longer applicable)

Year Three

Year Four - 4 week clerkships

Curriculum Governance Structure

The curriculum is supported by centralized governance in the Dean's Office through the Office of Education and Student Affairs. The Curriculum Committee and its subcommittees are responsible for implemention, evaluation, coordination and continuous evolution of the curriculum.


Curriculum Evaluation

  • Required courses/clerkships evaluated annually and reviewed by the Curriculum Committee.
  • USMLE performance is analyzed
  • Performance based assessment of students required during years one through three
  • Performance of graduates assessed by surveying residency program directors
  • AAMC Graduation Questionnaire monitored