Years 1 and 2

Years 1 & 2The first two years of your University of Minnesota Medical School education links science and clinical medicine, and introduces you to clerkships.

Year 1, Twin Cities campus

As a Twin Cities campus medical student, in the fall term you’ll enroll in three Scientific Foundations courses, and Essentials of Clinical Medicine, your first “doctoring” course.

  • Medical Gross Anatomy & Embryology. A study of human gross anatomy through laboratory dissection, with emphasis upon the anatomical structure of the components of the human body. 
  • Human Histology. Through lecture and laboratory, histology puts biochemistry, molecular biology and physiology in the context of cell structure and function. 
  • Science of Medical Practice. Genetic and biochemistry workings of the human body as they relate to normal daily function, including molecular biology and nutrition.
  • Essentials of Clinical Medicine. An introduction to clinical medicine, including basic patient interview and hypothesis-driven physical exam techniques. History of medicine, quality improvement, and service learning modules are also introduced.

In the spring, you’ll enroll in three Scientific Foundations courses and continue Essentials of Clinical Medicine.

  • Scientific Foundations courses are linked to clinical curriculum and cover physiology, microbiology & immunology, and neuroscience.
  • Essentials of Clinical Medicine continues your clinical skills development, explores ethics and professionalism, and includes a care clerkship one half day each week.

Summer courses continue with Scientific Foundations and Essentials of Clinical Medicine.

  • Scientific Foundations courses cover principles of pathology, principles of pharmacology, human behavior, and human sexuality.
  • Essentials of Clinical Medicine further develops your clinical skills and professionalism, and continues a care clerkship one half day each week.

Year 2, Twin Cities campus

Five integrated Human Health and Disease courses span the second year, three in the fall and two in the spring. Each course is centered around specific body systems, such as cardiac, gastrointestinal, or renal, and includes pathophysiology, pathology, pharmacology, infectious disease, and therapeutics.

Essentials of Clinical Medicine courses continue each term and, along with additional care clerkship rotations, you’ll cover other topics such as structure and financing of health care & health care policy, law & medicine, and alternative medicine.

Years 1 & 2, Duluth campus

The clinical curriculum in years 1 and 2 at the Duluth campus has been expanded, providing more time in rural primary care settings with physician preceptors.

The integrated organ systems-based curriculum has been revised and updated and the clinical experiences are scheduled as “intersessions” between organ systems course blocks.

Student assessment, Years 1 & 2

Whichever campus you attend, you will complete institutional competency assessments called Milestones in years 1, 2, and 3 in addition to completing course examinations.