The Vermont Integrated Curriculum

What is it that makes a physician a unique and essential health care provider for the 21st century? This is the question that has guided the development of medical education at UVM.

The exponential increase in scientific knowledge translates to increased opportunities to prevent disease and develop new therapies. It also means that medical students must build not only a solid understanding of medical knowledge as it stands today, but also a firm foundation for a lifetime of learning.

A Student Centered Curriculum

The Vermont Integrated Curriculum (VIC) fully integrates primary education in the basic sciences and increases the time students spend investigating important areas such as epidemiology and ethics, social and biological variations of culture, and health care systems in addition to a solid foundation in basic health science knowledge and clinical skills.Also included are programs in leadership skills, professional development, research and teaching skills.

The VIC is divided into three levels of increasing complexity and breadth of study. Instruction progresses from being teacher-directed to being student-directed, encouraging graduates to develop strong life-long learning habits.

The VIC is:
  • Competency Based & Patient Focused: - in order to progress through the curriculum, students must demonstrate competency in various areas
  • Organized by Systems: health and illness are studied from a single gene to entire populations
  • Supportive of Multiple Learning Modalities: course work includes lectures, small group learning, labs,and written assignments
  • Technology Enhanced: the COMET system provides 24/7 access to all course materials, virtual microscopy,and infuses multimedia within all aspects of the curriculum

Assessment provides continuing feedback on students' progress and certifies competency to move forward in the curriculum.

Collaborative Learning Environment

UVM students are assessed individually by curriculum standards--not against each other-and this helps to propote a collaborative environment where students work together. The overall dynamic is cooperative not competitive.

UVM clinical faculty members interact with medical students throughout the curriculum, participating in basic science courses, clinical medicine courses, public health seminars, and serving as advisors to student groups and individuals.

The UVM Approach


The Benefit of Early Boards

UVM students take Step 1 of the boards during February of their second year, far earlier than in many other programs. This allows more time to explore different clinical rotations before making the decision to focus on a specialty.

Course Spotlight

Doctoring in Vermont

begins in your first year, consists of 12 sessions spent in the office of a primary care physician within a suburban or rural community. Students practice examination and interviewing skills under direct supervision and must accomplish two "complete" history and physical examinations, one with their preceptor and one with a standardized patient at the campus Assessment Center.

Additional content is linked through COMET, our web-based learning platform, and students can check their comprehension of the material with self-paced online assessments.

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