2.12 Credit for Work Done Prior to Matriculation
In the New Pathway Program, all students must take all required preclerkship courses, including those students who enter HMS with advanced preparation in a specific discipline. In the New Pathway Program, our educational philosophy celebrates collaborative learning. A critical part of learning in the New Pathway Fundamentals of Medicine (FOM) curriculum is participation in tutorials, a teaching and learning environment that elevates the learning of the entire group and that is enhanced by the diversity of the class, including diversity of preparation in different disciplines. In addition, basic and population science courses taken for other degrees do not necessarily include the medical focus and clinical integration that our courses incorporate. In some FOM courses, special class sections may be designated for students with advanced preparation; however, students in the New Pathway may not receive credit for courses taken prior to matriculation.
Occasionally, HST students may have taken preclerkship HST courses prior to matriculation. Such requests should be made as soon as possible after matriculation at HMS. Requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis with consideration given to the students’ performance in the courses, the length of time since the courses were taken, and other relevant factors. Credit is not guaranteed, however, and credit awarded for work done prior to matriculation does not decrease the number of course requirements a student must earn for the MD degree.