Curriculum Structure

The 4-year program leading to the MD degree at HWCOM is designed to maximize exposure and training in all areas of medical education. The program prepares students for advancement into postgraduate study and for the practice of medicine in any medical specialty or primary care area.

We are a community-based medical school, and our students train in a variety of public and private inpatient and outpatient clinical settings; this training model emphasizes the importance of patient-centered care in diverse patient populations. Our students are expected to develop competency in nine domains, including a social accountability domain, and students gain hands-on experience observing and caring for households in the community that have little or no access to medical care. View course & clerkship dates.


Integrated Curriculum

Educational program objectives linked to the competencies required of all physicians drive curricular content and ensure that all students are prepared for residency.


Academic Periods

The curriculum is divided into 4 periods of study. Course work is multidisciplinary and features traditional and active-learning formats in which basic science is learned in a clinical context. Each period builds on learning from the prior period.


Longitudinal Strands

Each course in the curriculum is assigned to one of these 5 major strands organized for horizontal and vertical integration of content within courses.