University of Pittsburgh

Curricular Themes

Integrating Curricular Themes

A key strength of the UPSOM integrated curriculum is the approach taken to integrating themes throughout the four-year curriculum. A particular advantage of longitudinal integration of certain subjects throughout the curriculum is that it provides an opportunity to build upon a foundation of prior learning while providing a level-appropriate and well-synchronized introduction of new content. The result of this approach is to better demonstrate how the thematic content, though often new to the curriculum, truly represents a core element of medical practice for the 21st century physician.

Explore the links below for expanded descriptions of a sample of these themes and how they are implemented within the curriculum. They represent a spectrum of programs ranging from highly successful longitudinal area of concentration programs, to newly introduced themes that are in their early stages.