Curriculum Change at Nebraska Emphasized Clinical Experience in Rural Settings

Preparing Physicians for the Future: A Program in Medical Education

The University of Nebraska College of Medicine drafted and approved a new, integrated curriculum for medical students that the school implemented in the fall of 1992.

The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national program Preparing Physicians for the Future: A Program in Medical Education.

Key Results: The college reported the following results to RWJF:

  • The new curriculum emphasized early clinical experiences in rural, ambulatory settings.
  • Faculty embraced innovative teaching methods and increased student contact with generalists and primary care physicians.
  • The college recast traditional basic science courses into 12 interdepartmental, core concentration areas, and introduced a four-year course covering bio-psychosocial aspects of medicine.
  • Project staff developed a clinical training experience for students in their junior and senior years within 86 small communities.
  • In collaboration with the University of Nebraska at Omaha, the College of Medicine instituted a program to recruit minority students from Omaha-area secondary schools.