The curriculum and schedule for academic year 2022-23 of the Special Master's Program (SMP) in Physiology are shown in the schematic and table below. Courses are taught in the first semester (beginning mid-August), and in the second semester (and into early June). Thus, our SMP is approximately 10 months in duration (it is a full-time program, and students may not enroll part-time). Students in the SMP are enrolled in three of the major instructional blocks in the first-year medical-school (M1) curriculum at UC College of Medicine.
The table lists the credit hours for each of the required courses in the SMP.
|Critical Thinking in Translational Medicine--Physiology Capstone||3|
|Scientific Foundations of Medicine||10|
|Graduate Medical Physiology I & II||1||5|
|Interprofessional Education in Health Sciences & Medicine||1|
|Neurophysiology & Behavior||2|
|Professional Development in Medicine||1|
|Statistics & Experimental Design for the Biomedical Sciences||3|
To graduate from the program, students must:
- Accumulate 33 credit hours
- Earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (i.e. a B average)
- Earn a passing grade in all required courses (i.e. may not graduate with a 'fail', 'incomplete', or 'no grade' in a required course)
Since the SMP is a one-year program, there is no opportunity to re-take courses as a way of improving grades.
Grading in Medical School Courses
One of the key elements of the master's program is the ranking of performance versus the medical students also enrolled in the three major instructional blocks in the first-year medical-school (M1) curriculum at UC College of Medicine. Information relating to your performance is compared to the medical class (your scores on the components of each Block as well as your "class rank" relative to medical students). This information is obviously a very important component of your future application to medical school since it relates specifically to your potential success as a medical student. In addition, assessment in Graduate Medical Physiology 1 is based on secure examinations used during the past decade at UC College of Medicine in the Medical Physiology course. The performance of medical students on that secure question bank are well-established and provide an additional historical comparison with medical students at UC College of Medicine.