Medical Sciences Curriculum: Years 1 & 2
Ross University’s medical school program begins with a common first semester that gives everyone the opportunity to adjust to the large volume of material and fast pace of medical school teaching and learning. After First semester, there are two possible curriculum tracks — a four-semester accelerated track, and a five-semester, Ross+, track. Both tracks follow our integrated Medical Sciences basic sciences curriculum.
Modeled after curricula used in the United States, Medical Sciences is designed to allow students to address the processes of health and disease in a holistic fashion. What does this mean? In essence, our students learn the physiological, anatomical, and biochemical processes of an organ system all at once. This approach is educationally advantageous because it provides a broader view of how these different systems work together and make it more relevant in the clinical context. And, because we understand the importance of learning by doing, our students take part in hands-on training from semester 1.
The two Medical Sciences curriculum options constitute the exact same program of study, but are structured differently from semester 2 on:
- Ross+: This track will require you to be on campus for approximately 20 months, or 75 weeks. Study modules are spaced out over five semesters, and the curriculum includes integrated study breaks to encourage and manage knowledge acquisition. You will complete the same coursework as students undergoing the accelerated curriculum.
- Standard Accelerated Curriculum: Entry into the accelerated track is dependent on performance at the end of semester 1. This four-semester option features more course modules per semester and does not include integrated study breaks, but you can complete the basic sciences program and move on to the clinical sciences curriculum in approximately 16 months.
Hands-on and High Tech
Throughout the Medical Sciences curriculum, students are exposed to a wide variety of active learning experiences that are closely tied to their traditional lecture and case-based learning in both timing and context. These experiences include clinical skills training, standardized patient cases, small-group learning, and other clinically relevant activities. This approach helps students begin to think like doctors early in their medical school experience, and better prepares them for their medical licensing exams.
Ross University understands the important role technology plays in medicine, and is committed to providing students with an advanced learning environment. The entirely wireless campus is equipped with the advanced instructional technology and learning systems that today’s medical student needs to leverage every aspect of their basic sciences education and keep them ahead of the curve.
Classrooms and Laboratories
All of our classrooms and laboratories are equipped with an array of high-resolution monitors that are connected to state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and media players, which faculty use to enhance the teaching experience. Large rear projection video display systems and additional plasma screen monitors offer clear views of the teaching material for every seat in the classroom, and teleconferencing systems provide learning opportunities for students both on and off campus.
Campus Facilities Include:
- Anatomical Sciences and Medical Imaging Facility
- Simulation Institute
- Standardized Patient and Interview Skills Training Rooms
- Patient Examination rooms with A/V links to classrooms
- Medical library
- Multipurpose study rooms
Simulation is an essential part of the Medical Sciences curriculum at Ross. Our internationally accredited Simulation Institute gives students access to sophisticated computerized patient simulators to practice basic and diagnostic treatment skills.
The Simulation Lab provides a safe setting for students to explore, acquire, and practice clinical skills under the direction of the Institute’s expert faculty, all of whom hold MDs and have held positions in academic medicine or private practice.
The simulators themselves are incredibly lifelike – they blink, speak and breathe, have a heartbeat and pulse, and accurately mirror human responses to procedures such as CPR, intravenous medication, and intubation. Your heart will be racing in your first simulation where you will be faced with the challenge of making critical decisions about your patient in just a few minutes – just like in real life.
Anatomical Sciences and Medical Imaging Facility
High tech meets traditional anatomy in Ross’s Center for Anatomical Sciences and Medical Imaging, which features an advanced gross anatomy lab that provides students with an interactive, hands-on environment in which to gain a comprehensive understanding of the normal and pathological aspects of the human body.
All 36 stations within the anatomy lab have a computer, which enables students to make use of Grant’s Dissector, an online resource that walks students step by step through dissection procedures while they are engaged in hands-on cadaver learning activities. There is also a Medical Imaging Room with real-time 3D rendering capability and a separate neuroscience lab for the study of central nervous system specimens.
Ross uses a circular “See one, do one, teach one” learning approach in the lab. This allows students in small groups to first watch as faculty members perform dissection before spending time discussing the procedure and performing it themselves. Next, the students teach what they have learned to students in other groups, completing the circle.