2021 is the official launch of the  5 Cs Curriculum:  Curiosity, Critical Thinking, Clinical Skills, Competence and Compassion.

The graduating class of 2025 will be prepared as resilient and adaptable physician leaders who provide high value, ethical and appropriate healthcare in an ever-changing system; communicate respectfully and effectively in a patient- and family-centered fashion; collaborate with other healthcare professionals to devise treatment plans and strategies for adherence and self-care, tailored to the needs and preferences of  the patient; integrate the scientific underpinnings of clinical medicine and best evidence into daily practice; and distinguish themselves as medical professionals in discovery, service and leadership. 

Our faculty are passionate about improving and our library is innovative and supportive in all aspects of the school and curriculum.  

The preclerkship curriculum places foundational knowledge in the context of the practice of medicine and the Rutgers RWJMS 66 Core Clinical Conditions.  Our culture promotes well-being and students will learn to curate knowledge, to embrace strategies that enhance quality and patient safety and to develop behaviors that lead to better health and healthcare for all.

The Unifying Themes across four years in addition to the focus on the 5 Cs are:

  • Patient and Family Centered Care in the Community Context

  • Evidence Based Medicine

  • Health Systems Science

The Courses in Pre-Clerkship:

  • Physicianship and Physicianship Development and Practice Blocks

  • Foundations in Medical Sciences

  • Integrated Systems and Disease

    • Cardiovascular System

    • Pulmonary and Renal System

    • Metabolic, Endocrinology, and Reproduction

    • Gastrointestinal System

    • Brain and Behavior I, II

    • Musculoskeletal Systems of the Limbs, Head, and Neck

The Physicianship longitudinal course will have regular Physicianship Development and Practice blocks threaded throughout the 18 months.  These blocks provide students with time for experiential learning in the clinic, community, patient’s homes, and the health system will occur throughout the pre-clerkship curriculum. 

Physicianship Development and Practice blocks provide: thematic content related to previous course/clerkship in ethics, professionalism, social determinants of health/structural competency, evidence-based medicine, health systems science and clinical skill building; scholarship; elective opportunities; wellness and personal and professional development.


Below is a schematic of the 4 years of the curriculum:


Our faculty are passionate about improving and our library is innovative and supportive in all aspects of the school and curriculum.  Please find a sampling of curated resources below: