Things to Know about the MD Curriculum

  • When you become a WMed student, you join the WMed Community. Our medical school class size is small, but our faculty community is large and supportive. We're all focused on your success.
  • Some practice until they get it right. We use simulation training until our learners can’t get it wrong. Beginning your first week on campus and regularly throughout your four years, you will train and practice in our state-of-the-art Simulation Center, which translates into success in real clinical settings.
  • Our curriculum is decompressed, which means that we took the long summer break between years one and two and broke it into one-week intervals that are spread throughout the first two years of medical school. These one-week breaks can be used for vacation, electives, or to catch up on the required material. The early electives are designed to let you explore and include options ranging from research to forensic pathology to orthopaedic surgery to medical ethics.
  • Grading during years 1 and 2, and most of year 4, is pass/fail. Grading during year 3 and for selected year 4 advanced clerkships is honors/high pass/pass/fail.
  • You will take the USMLE Step 1 late in Year 3. USMLE Step 1 has changed and includes much more clinical content. We based this decision on the experience of other new medical schools and their documented success. We’ve built in preparation time in the third year to ensure that you’re ready and will succeed. 
  • There’s a group or a club for every interest you may have. You’re able to join national organizations such as the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) and Student National Medical Association (SNMA), as well as student interest groups for the area of medicine you’re passionate about—Family Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery, Neurology, Internal Medicine—we’ve got it all! And you can join clubs to fulfill your interests outside of medicine—the arts, wellness, faith-based groups, and more. Clubs and organizations are a great way to get involved, give back, and gain valuable leadership skills.
  • You'll have opportunities to get involved with the community through active citizenship and student interest groups.
  • WMed is new, but we build on a long legacy of medical education in Kalamazoo. We have more than 200 residents and fellows in nine residency programs and two fellowships—some dating back over 70 years. Kalamazoo is also home to innovative leaders in the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.
  • You’ve got to play to win. You’ve got to be present to learn. However, we do recognize all students learn differently and that you’re an adult learner. Attendance is required for most curriculum events such as TBLs and clinical experiences. Our curriculum uses a variety of teaching methods and newer instructional technologies to enhance your learning.
  • Learning can happen anywhere. At WMed, we use a digital textbook platform along with iBooks to replace the traditional paper-based textbooks. After four years of medical school, you leave with annotated texts that you can take with you and access digitally wherever your career takes you.


CLEAR Curriculum

Watch the CLEAR curriculum video to learn more.