Year 2

The second academic year, including 15 weeks of selective opportunities, is a blend of clinical and didactic experiences, giving you:

  • Opportunities to use clinical problems to study pathophysiology and revisit the sciences basic to medicine
  • Introduction to broad areas of clinical medicine
  • The tools and background necessary to enter Year 3 clerkships

The "organ systems approach" is utilized, integrating the concepts of physiology, anatomy and pathology to teach the following systems:


  • Brain and neurosciences (occurs at the end of Year 1)
  • Introduction to psychiatry
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Respiratory system
  • Hematology
  • Musculoskeletal (rheumatology)
  • Renal system
  • Urinary tract system
  • Gynecology
  • Endocrine system
  • Gastrointestinal system

Sessions in the second-year course called "Advanced Doctoring" introduce students to a variety of clinical experiences. Students develop a clinical database and acquire skills of observation and physical diagnosis. Students evaluate patients under the guidance of a preceptor in several clinical experiences.

Clinical experiences during 'Advanced Doctoring'

  • Internal medicine
  • Pediatrics
  • Surgery
  • Clinical integration with blocks (for example, see dialysis patients while learning about the renal system; practice cardiac assessment skills on "Harvey" at the Mayo Clinic Multidisciplinary Simulation Center during the circulation block)
  • Time is devoted to prepare for clinical clerkships, and topics covered include:
    • Hospital survival skills (transitions course)
    • Study of the most common presentations in ophthalmology, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, general surgery, dermatology, family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, ECG and more
    • Musculoskeletal physical exam skills
    • Evidence-based medicine
    • Innovation in medicine
    • Procedural skills
    • Communication skills — collaboration with interdisciplinary care teams

USMLE: Step 1

Six weeks near the end of the Year 2 curriculum are devoted to intensive review in preparation for Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE).

Nov. 09, 2015