Course and Curriculum Requirements


First Semester (MD1)

  • Fundamental Concepts
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Patient, Doctor, and Society  I
  • Healthcare Quality Improvement I

Second Semester (MD2)

  • Nervous System
  • Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Patient, Doctor, and Society  II
  • Healthcare Quality Improvement II

Third Semester (MD3)

  • Gastrointestinal System
  • Respiratory System
  • Patient, Doctor, and Society  III
  • Healthcare Quality Improvement III

Fourth Semester (MD4)

  • Cardiovascular System
  • Hematopoietic System
  • Patient , Doctor, and Society IV
  • Healthcare Quality Improvement IV

Fifth Semester (MD5)

  • Renal and Metabolic System
  • Endocrine & Reproductive System
  • Patient, Doctor, and Society V
  • Healthcare Quality Improvement V

Sixth Semester (MD6)

  • Transition to Clinical  Medicine
  • Comprehensive Integration of Clinical Judgment
  • Foundations of Medicine
  • BLS (Basic Life Support) & HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act)
  • Getting into Residency
  • USMLE Step 1 review
  • Comprehensive Basic Science Examination (CSBE)
  • After passing USMLE Step 1, the student is promoted to Clinical Medicine and will begin their rotations.


Starting September 2015, any student entering XUSOM as a new or transfer student will be required to complete a total of 84 weeks of rotations while a registered XUSOM student.

Clinical Medicine Year 3 (Core Clerkships – 48 weeks)

  • Internal Medicine (12 weeks)
  • Surgery (12 weeks)
  • Family Practice (6 weeks)
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology (6 weeks)
  • Pediatrics (6 weeks)
  • Psychiatry (6 weeks)

Clinical Medicine Year 4 (Elective Clerkships – 24 weeks)

  • The student will select from a variety of disciplines, including subspecialties of the core clerkships and medical research.
  • Research elective is mandated for all students beginning with the graduation cohort of 2020
  • The majority of elective rotations are 4 weeks.

Students are required to pass all six Core Clerkships and nine Elective Clerkships in order to graduate. In addition, students must pass USMLE-2CK and USMLE-2CS prior to graduation.

(All of the above is subject to change)