Required and Elective Courses
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Courses are arranged in sequence and duration to develop logically the knowledge and training of our medical students.

The Fourth Year Elective Course Catalog contains a listing of all fourth year courses offered through Weill Medical College at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York Hospital Queens, New York Methodist Hospital, Cayuga Medical Center of Ithaca, Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, and The Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX. The Medical College is pleased to accept qualified students of medicine for fourth year electives from all medical schools fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education. Visiting students may participate in up to eight weeks of electives at Cornell. For Weill Cornell medical students, independently designed study in the Medical College or electives in other educational institutions may be arranged with the approval of the student's advisor and the Office of Academic Affairs.

The various Medical College departments also offer courses and opportunities for special study to students in the Weill Medical College, to candidates for advanced degrees in the Weill Graduate School of Medical Sciences, and to qualified students of medicine from schools accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.

Frontiers in Biomedical Science
Offered in both the first and second year, these courses focus on current topics in biomedical research. They run for 25-30 sessions, starting in late August. These courses are required of all MD-PhD students and open to all MD and PhD students who are willing to participate actively. Students who are considering applying to the MD-PhD Program should take these courses. The courses are structured journal clubs, which are led by faculty from Weill Medical College, The Rockefeller University, and the Sloan-Kettering Institute. The faculty presenter selects one or two original research articles for critical discussion, and perhaps, a review article for background reading.
  1. Frontiers in Biomedical Science I: Critical Reading of Current Literature (for first year students). This course covers the following topics: structural biology; molecular biophysics; protein synthesis, targeting, and transport; signal transduction; sensory transduction, and genetics and development.

  2. Frontiers in Biomedical Science II: Introduction to Molecular Medicine (for second year students) This covers the following topics: receptor pharmacology; neurobiology; control of cell growth and cancer.
Educational Objectives
Educational objectives of the program of medical education leading to the MD degree.
Office of Curriculum and Educational Development
Longitudinal Educational Experience Advancing Patient Partnerships (LEAP)
Areas of Concentration (AOC)
First Year Curriculum
(Class of 2018)

Essential Principles of Medicine
First Year Curriculum
(Class of 2017)

Human Structure and Function
Host Defenses
Medicine, Patients, and Society I
Second Year Curriculum
(Classes of 2016 & 2017)

Brain and Mind
Basis of Disease
Medicine, Patients, and Society II
Third Year Curriculum
(Classes of 2015-17)

Introductory Clerkship
Anesthesia, Circulation and Ventilation
Medicine, Patients, and Society III
Primary Care Clerkship
Medicine Clerkship
Anesthesia Clerkship
Neurology Clerkship
Pediatric Clerkship
Psychiatry Clerkship
Surgery Clerkship
Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship
Travel Directions to Network Hospitals
Fourth Year Curriculum
(Classes of 2014-17)

Advanced Biomedical Sciences Requirement
Public Health Systems Clerkship
Sub-Internship in Pediatrics
Sub-Internship in Medicine
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