The Discovery Curriculum

Advancing students’ scientific and self-discovery with our flexible curriculum

MD Program Mission Statement

Our mission is to educate and inspire a diverse group of leaders in medicine and science who will improve human health through discovery, innovation, scholarship, education, and the delivery of outstanding patient-centered care.

Stanford’s MD Program Discovery Curriculum supports students’ scientific discovery and self-discovery by offering multiple learning pathways and is designed with the end goal of increasing the flexibility and modularity of the curriculum. Central to that goal is the option for medical students to complete the pre-clerkship curriculum in three years rather than two years, resulting in substantial open time for longitudinal scholarship. The curriculum features selected elements that improve the education and training of students and enable more individualized pre-clerkship pathways. All pathways assume students will complete their clerkship education in 2 years. 

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