The UNC School of Medicine’s Translation Education at Carolina (TEC) curriculum is divided into three phases spanning all four years of medical school. The final phase, the Individualization Phase, begins in March for the class of 2018.
The Individualization Phase extends the final year of medical school by several months, allowing students the opportunity to “individualize” their course work to suit their professional needs, as they contemplate residency training and beyond.
In addition to extended time, and the traditional courses such as the Acting Internships, Emergency and Critical Care, Advanced Practice Selective, Science of Medicine and a selection of electives, the curriculum also includes a brand new course, the Advanced Clinical Selective.
The Advanced Clinical Selective, led by Kathy Barnhouse, requires students complete two separate four week clinical experiences based on their area of interest. Students will receive formative feedback on their preparation for internship and their level of entrustability for professional activities. The Advanced Clinical Selective has been designed with the specific aim of enhancing students’ clinical skills in various specialties, regardless of their career path.
As a final component of the individualization phase, an extended four-week “refresher” Capstone internship preparation course will include a variety of seminars, small groups, and hands on sessions relevant to internship. Several specialty-specific “boot camps” are also being developed.
The co-directors of the Individualization Phase, Drs. Peadar Noone and Ana Felix would like to thank everyone from the School of Medicine, UNC Hospitals, and across the state who have helped with the design and preparation of the Individualization Phase.