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A New Era in Medical Student Training Begins

August 10, 2020

Adam C. Puche, PhDThe new Renaissance Curriculum for medical students at the University of Maryland School of Medicine officially launched at 8 am on Monday, August 10, with a teleconferenced lecture to students by Adam C. Puche, PhD, Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology.

Over four years, this innovative program of medical study and training is designed to offer students a solid, holistic exploration of human systems and pathologies, providing a deeper understanding of human health, disease, and compassionate patient care. Its major features include:

  • Cover of brochureAn optimized pre-clerkship curriculum that integrates the study of normal and abnormal processes with a clinical context, while providing earlier and more extensive interactions with patients—and an accelerated transition into student clerkships.
  • Enhanced longitudinal core courses that extend throughout student training and deliver a deeper context of study, ranging from broader topics (The Study of Medicine) to the specific (cultural sensitivity, palliative care, business of medicine, and others).
  • Innovative educational experiences that includes online instruction or teleconferences, hyper-realistic simulation training, collaborative study groups, and independent, self-directed learning.
  • An expanded Clerkship Phase that is streamlined for greater flexibility in scheduling, along with an Advanced Clinical Phase with a required “back to basics” experience tailored to individual career paths. Together, these features provide a greater advantage in acquiring added skills and experience to improve a student’s candidacy for top residency programs.

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About the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Now in its third century, the University of Maryland School of Medicine was chartered in 1807 as the first public medical school in the United States. It continues today as one of the fastest growing, top-tier biomedical research enterprises in the world -- with 45 academic departments, centers, institutes, and programs; and a faculty of more than 3,000 physicians, scientists, and allied health professionals, including members of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, and a distinguished two-time winner of the Albert E. Lasker Award in Medical Research.  With an operating budget of more than $1.2 billion, the School of Medicine works closely in partnership with the University of Maryland Medical Center and Medical System to provide research-intensive, academic and clinically based care for nearly 2 million patients each year. The School of Medicine has more than $540 million in extramural funding, with most of its academic departments highly ranked among all medical schools in the nation in research funding. As one of the seven professional schools that make up the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus, the School of Medicine has a total population of nearly 9,000 faculty and staff, including 2,500 student trainees, residents, and fellows. The combined School of Medicine and Medical System (“University of Maryland Medicine”) has an annual budget of nearly $6 billion and an economic impact more than $15 billion on the state and local community. The School of Medicine faculty, which ranks as the 8th highest among public medical schools in research productivity, is an innovator in translational medicine, with 600 active patents and 24 start-up companies. The School of Medicine works locally, nationally, and globally, with research and treatment facilities in 36 countries around the world. Visit



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