Innovative approaches to medical student education in the US have recently been discussed again as the cost of higher education and medical school continue to increase. Creative options have been proposed, including elimination of clinical experiences, requiring historical medical school coursework to be completed in the undergraduate years and shortening the duration of medical school, among others. In this webinar, information about a six year combined Baccalaureate/MD program will be provided. In this program, students are admitted directly from high school and immediately begin integrated undergraduate and medical school coursework. Similar to medical schooling in other countries, this program has over 40 years experience educating students in the heart of the US. With over 3000 graduates, the program has alumni who are instrumental in many aspects of medicine, achieve great success and hold remarkable leadership positions throughout the United States.
- Provide a description of the unique six year combined degree program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine.
- Discuss the curriculum and how integrating traditional classroom and clinical experiences together benefits student education.
- Compare objective performance information to national standards.
- Review of unique issues that occur among the student population, which is younger than that of traditional US medical schools.