Project Background

What will society need from physicians and health care professionals over the next 20 to 30 years?

student-for-ct-siteIn 1994, the OHSU School of Medicine answered that question by implementing a redesign of our M.D. curriculum. Our focus on what was then a cutting-edge approach to education earned us a national reputation, and helped support Oregon's physician workforce needs.

Over the past two decades, the health care landscape has evolved and now is doing so at an ever-faster pace, making now the right time to ask the same question: What will society need from physicians over the next 20 to 30 years?

To answer the question, the OHSU School of Medicine created YOUR M.D., a curriculum to prepare physicians to be leaders in a health care delivery and discovery environment that is rapidly changing – and likely to continue evolving under any future scenario.

The YOUR M.D. curriculum builds on and expands the strengths of our current curriculum, enhances our commitment to Oregon's rural and underserved communities, and ensures OHSU continues to educate and graduate the types of physicians most needed by Oregon.

The curriculum embraces innovative new teaching methods, emphasizing 21st century skills related to health care quality, genetics, interprofessional teamwork, data interpretation, technology, costs and more. In time, our students will advance through customized learning plans, allowing some students to complete medical school at an accelerated pace.

View the resources below to learn more about the School of Medicine's process for M.D. Curriculum Transformation. Prospective students: Be sure to visit the YOUR M.D. website to explore the curriculum in more detail.