Core Medical Sciences Phase: Years 1 & 2
In this phase, we introduce the students to the core up-to-date knowledge for practice and its application to patients and population care. Clinical Skills are mainly acquired in Skills Labs with regular encounters with real patients. This phase is organized around integrated organ-system modules.
Problem-Based Learning (PBL) using high-fidelity AI based simulated patients constitutes the primary strategy of learning and teaching. Lectures will be offered as resource sessions using TBL and flipped classrooms. Basic medical sciences, clinical sciences, population health, ethics and professionalism are integrated within the problems. The subjects studied include clinical and applied aspects of Anatomy, Physiology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology, Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology and Genetics. In addition, the following courses: Clinical Skills, Community Medicine, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Research Methodology, Family Health, Evidence-based Medicine, and Behavioral Sciences are integrated and coordinated within the organ-system units. In the year 2, students spend 6 weeks in an integrated multisystem course preparing them for patient care in the hospital setting.
End-Phase Exam: By the end of Year 2, the students should successfully complete the ‘Core Medical Sciences’Phase requirements in order to progress to ‘Transition to Practice’ Phase and complete the four-year MD program. The students will take an international benchmark exam (IFOM Basic Medical Sciences Exam).
Transition to Practice Phase: (Clerkships) “Workplace-Based Learning”: Years 2 & 3
In this Phase, Students will rotate in different clerkships in order to ensure better exposure to the work environment, patients, and interaction with other healthcare professionals.
In year 3, students undergo clerkship rotations of 8 weeks each in Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics, and ENT/Eye. In year 4, they go through four rotations of 8 weeks each in Medicine and subspecialties, Surgery and subspecialties. Family Medicine and Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine and Critical care, and another 8 weeks of elective training/research.
Exit Exam: At the end of this Phase, students should successfully complete the Phase requirements and provide convincing evidence related to the Program Learning Outcomes and achievement of competence. The IFOM Clinical Sciences will be considered as the international benchmark. The student will graduate with MD degree.
The graduates are awarded the Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree on successful completion of the 4-year program and passing the comprehensive exit examination.