At UAB, MSTP students take the first-year graduate curriculum in conjunction with the first two years of medical school. This curriculum replaces the majority of the Fundamentals I Medical School course, and therefore MD/PhD students are exempt from the majority of this course. All other medical school basic science courses taught in the first-year are taken by MD/PhD students.

  Year 1 Curriculum

Summer

1st Laboratory Research
Summer Rotation

6-week summer rotation beginning in June/July of Year 1, with optional part-time extension into fall

Fall Spring
Preclinical
  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine 1

  • Patient, Doctor, & Society

  • Fundamentals I (exemptions apply)

  • Fundamentals II

Graduate Core

  • Biochemistry and Metabolism

  • Genetics and Molecular Biology

Preclinical
  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine 2

  • Cardiovascular

  • Pulmonary

  • Gastrointestinal

  • Renal

Summer
2nd Laboratory Research
Summer Rotation

10-week full-time summer rotation between Year 1 and Year 2

UASOM Special Topics Course: Survival Skills for Physician Scientists

  Year 2 Curriculum

Summer (continued)
2nd Laboratory Research
Summer Rotation (continued)

Special Topics (continued)

Fall Spring
Preclinical
  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine 2 (continued)

  • Musculoskeletal / Skin

  • Neurosciences

  • Hematology / Oncology

Preclinical
  • Introduction to Clinical Medicine 2 (continued)

  • Endocrine Systems

  • Reproductive Systems

  • Integration / USMLE Step I