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MD Curriculum


In Fall 2012, the College of Medicine launched the Lead.Serve.Inspire Medical Student Curriculum

The Ohio State University College of Medicine rolled out a brand new curriculum beginning with the incoming class of 2012.  The Lead.Serve.Inspire (LSI) Curriculum has been developed to prepare tomorrow’s physicians to deliver the highest quality care to a diverse population of patients.

At the center of the Lead.Serve.Inspire curriculum are clinical experiences that will help students apply foundational science concepts to patient care. The Department of Family Medicine will collaborate with the Department of Pediatrics to focus on “Understanding Patients within Populations” as a central element of Part Two: Clinical Applications.

The key aspects of the LSI curriculum framework include:
• Three-part curriculum that takes four years to finish.
• Fully integrated basic science and clinical science.
• Early longitudinal practice based clinical service that allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real patients.
• Self-directed learning with multiple assessment methods to provide individualized learning by standardized outcomes.
• Faculty coaching to support strong clinical skills.
• Project work that requires critical thinking and synthesis.
• Clinical problem solving in a team-based environment.

Visit the Lead.Serve.Inspire site for more continuously updated information on the new curriculum, including an outline of the framework, FAQ’s, etc.

 The overarching goals of the M.D. Curriculum are that students will:

  • Understand the fundamental knowledge, principles, and processes of the sciences basic to the practice of medicine
  • Acquire the skills necessary to remain current with scientific research and new discoveries that influence patient care
  • Develop and use analytic problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrate effective communication with patients, families, colleagues, and other health care providers
  • Acquire knowledge and skills to promote health and prevent disease
  • Acquire the basic clinical knowledge and skills for the diagnosis and management of the spectrum of disease, occurring in individual patients as well as in special populations, with the emphasis on common disorders
  • Develop knowledge and skills for patient advocacy and cost-effective care through an understanding of contemporary health care delivery systems
  • Recognize, acknowledge, and address ethical issues related to patient care, resource management, and professional practice
  • Commit to life-long learning and professional development and
  • Demonstrate compassion, show respect, and take responsibility for patients, their families, one's colleagues, and all other heath care delivery participants

The OSU Department of Family Medicine has the following major responsibilities in delivering the LSI M.D. Curriculum:

Part One: Med 1 and Med 2
Seven Family Medicine faculty teach in the Longitudinal Groups curriculum to first-year and second-year students. In addition, LSI students participate in Longitudinal Practice (LP) sessions one half-day every other week across Part 1 of LSI. Family Medicine faculty and practices are highly involved in teaching this preceptorship and important to its success.

Part 2: Med 3
Nearly two hundred 3rd-year medical students complete the required four-week adult ambulatory rotation as part of the Understanding Patients within Populations (UPWP) ring in the new Lead.Serve.Inspire (LSI) curriculum. The UPWP ring is a 16-week-experience involving the Departments of Family Medicine and Pediatrics with other departments offering two-week selective clinical experiences within the ring. The first week of the ring consists is called Groundschool where various workshops, large group didactics and small group experiences are offered. The students have 14 weeks of clinical experiences within family medicine, pediatrics and various electives. While on the clinical rotations small groups led by family medicine and pediatric facilitators meet each Tuesday afternoon. The final week consists of assessments including: specialty shelf examinations, an Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE), and finally a practical examination. Nine Family Medicine Faculty serve as small group facilitation leaders and participate in Groundschool presentations. Family Medicine offers a wide diversity of practices for the four-week ambulatory experiences including: residency practices, along with rural, urban, suburban, and inner city sites involving approximately 75 volunteer preceptors.

Part 3: Med 4
Sixty-two students take advantage of our fourth-year Family Medicine offerings, which include a variety of sub-internships and electives. Students have the opportunity to experience practices in rural, urban and suburban in Columbus and across the country. Electives are offered in sports medicine, advanced experiences in family medicine and research. The Department is also a part of the DOC-3 Chronic Care curriculum offering an elective in Healthcare for the Homeless, which consistently has students rotating in a unique, urban setting. Family Medicine faculty are keenly involved in the development of LSI Part Three, the final year of medical school. This fourth year of medical school is a key transition year from medical school to their chosen field of study in residency.