How difficult is the undergraduate program at University of Missouri Kansas City School of Medicine?

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It is certainly a long program, although that does not necessarily mean it is a difficult one. Here is what the school's website has to say about the curriculum of the B.A. / M.D. program:

"During the first two years of the program, three-fourths of a student’s time is dedicated to the arts and sciences to fulfill baccalaureate degree requirements, while one-fourth is spent in medical school coursework. In the final four years of the program, the majority of the student’s time is spent in medical school coursework with a smaller percentage of time spent completing baccalaureate degree requirements.

Students will select from three baccalaureate degree options: Liberal Arts, Chemistry and Biology. Selection of the baccalaureate degree is dependent upon the number of transferrable courses available from high school (AP, IB, dual enrollment, etc.)"

Here's how the semesters and academic years tend to break down in terms of coursework:

Year #1, fall semester:

  • Medical Terminology
  • Learning Basic Medical Sciences
  • Fundamentals of Medical Practice I
  • Human Biology I (Anatomy) w/Lab
  • General Chemistry I w/Lab
  • General Psychology
  • two General Education Requirements

Year #1, winter semester:

  • Fundamentals of Medical Practice II
  • Human Biology II (Microbiology) w/Lab
  • General Chemistry II w/Lab
  • Sociology: An Introduction
  • General Education Requirement

Year #2, summer semester

  • Hospital Team Experience
  • Organic Chemistry w/Lab
  • Cell Biology

Year #2, fall semester:

  • Fundamentals of Medical Practice III
  • Human Biochemistry
  • Social and Psychological Development Through the Life Cycle
  • Genetics
  • General Education Requirement

Year #2, winter semester:

  • Fundamentals of Medical Practice IV
  • Clinical Correlations
  • Human Structure/Function I, II and III

Year #3:

  • History of Medicine
  • Clinical Correlations
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Medical Neurosciences
  • Clinical Skills
  • Intro to Pharmacology (Self-Paced)
  • Continuing Care Clinic (half-day weekly)
  • Pathology I (General/Clinical)
  • Pathology II (Anatomic/Systemic)
  • CUES (Communication, Understanding, Education and Self-awareness)
  • Human Structure/Function IV

Year #4:

  • Pharmacology
  • Behavioral Sciences in Medicine
  • Docent Rotation I
  • Family Medicine I
  • Ambulatory Care Pharmacology (Self-Paced)
  • Continuing Care Clinic (half-day weekly)
  • Patient-Physician-Society I and II
  • Courses for B.A. degree

Year #5:

  • Psychiatry
  • Prescribing for Special Populations (Self-Paced)
  • Obstetrics/Gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Family Medicine II Rural Preceptorship
  • Surgery
  • Docent Rotation II
  • Continuing Care Clinic (half-day weekly)
  • Electives
  • Humanities/Social Science

Year #6:

  • Docent Rotation III
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Rational and Safe Drug Prescribing (Independent Study)
  • Continuing Care Clinic (half-day weekly)
  • Electives
  • Humanities/Social Science

The website says this about the first and second years of study:

"During this time, the student completes a significant portion of their baccalaureate degree while being introduced to the basic medical sciences. The Fundamentals of Medicine series (I-IV) builds on communication skills and learning to perform a patient-centered interview. This provides the students an opportunity to learn more about themselves, their profession, and further develop effective interviewing skills. The Fundamentals of Medicine series offers a unique theme each semester: women’s health (Fall Year 1), geriatrics (Spring Year 1), pediatrics (Fall Year 2) or adult medicine (Spring Year 2). Presentations on various medical symptoms and clinical findings are provided to integrate anatomy and physiology with medical history-taking, and provide a format for learning about developing a differential diagnosis based on the patient’s history.

In addition, clinical experiences begin immediately through the docent team experience and continue to advance as the student progresses through the six years. During docent team, teams of 10-12 students meet for two hours each week during the semester with the docent (teaching physician) at one of our partner hospitals. Information learned in the classroom is integrated throughout this clinical experience. Bridging the first two years, students spend one week during the summer semester completing the Hospital-Team Experience. This experience provides a greater understanding of the roles of patient care professionals and the hospital community as a team caring for the patient."

Here's what they say about the third year:

"Students will join a new docent team consisting of Year 3 – 6 students and a variety of health care professionals. At this time, students move from classes primarily on the UMKC Volker Campus to the Hospital Hill Campus for intensified basic medical science courses that will prepare students for increased clinical responsibilities.

As a part of the docent team experience, students will spend one-half day per week assisting with the diagnosis and treatment of patients in outpatient clinics at two partner hospitals. The clinical assignment provides continuity of patient care, as well as a wealth of clinical experience."

Finally, here's what they say about the fourth, fifth, and sixth years:

"In Year 4, students will return to the UMKC Volker campus to complete coursework towards the baccalaureate degree. While completing the undergraduate degree, students continue to participate in clinical assignments.

During the last three years of the program, students have a number of experiences to complete the curriculum.

  • Students will be immersed in a one-month rural Missouri preceptorship that provides experiences in societal and health care concerns unique to non-urban primary care settings.
  • Two months a year, students join their full docent team for daily ward rounds called docent rotation. This docent rotation, month-long clinical rotations and continuing care clinic make up most of the final three years.
  • Clerkships in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Surgery are the required medical school clerkship offerings in the final two years."

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