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Curriculum for the MD and Combined Degree Programs

The Emory Medical School curriculum leading to the MD degree is divided into four phases:

  • Phase 1: Foundation of MedicineThis phase provides students with the core knowledge of medical science.
  • Phase 2: Application of Medical SciencesThis phase provides students with core knowledge of the basic clinical medical specialties.
  • Phase 3: Discovery. This phase is a structured time for students to concentrate in a specific area of interest, such as basic or clinical research, public health, community development, medical ethics, or other areas.
  • Phase 4: Translation of Medical Sciences. This phase prepares the student for the transition to physician.  Rotations as a Sub-Intern; advanced clinical work in an ICU; experience in the Emergency Department; and a final Capstone Course are required.