Michigan Medicine Headlines: Medical students branch out during final two years
When students reach their third and fourth years, a new phase of the transformed curriculum offers them a more flexible educational experience
At the U-M Medical School, students begin their journey by building a foundation in scientific and clinical education. When students reach their third and fourth years, however, a new phase of the transformed curriculum — the branches — offers them a more flexible educational experience.
M3 and M4 students have the choice of pursuing one of four branches: patients and populations, procedures-based care, diagnostic and therapeutic technologies, and systems-focused and hospital-based practice. By following a branch, students participate in advanced clinical experiences specific to their fields of professional interest and choose electives tailored to their career goals.
Now in its third of four years as a pilot program, the branches will be fully implemented in fall 2018.
Read more about the branches in the Michigan Medicine Headlines series on “Training the Leaders of Tomorrow.”