Curriculum Overview

The Western Reserve2 Curriculum (WR2) has high expectations for self-directed learning, and seeks to train physician scholars who are prepared to treat disease, promote health and examine the social and behavioral context of health and illness. The WR2 Curriculum integrates basic, clinical and health systems science to prepare students for the ongoing practice of evidence-based medicine in the rapidly changing healthcare environment of the 21st century.

Research and scholarship are central to the curriculum and are integrated throughout the four years. The WR2 Curriculum fosters the development of self-directed, life-long learners within an educational environment that features:

  1. Facilitated, student-centered learning teams (Case Inquiry)
  2. Large group interactive sessions such as team-based learning or didactic sessions that offer a framework or synthesis of a concept area
  3. Anatomy sessions that offer opportunity for dissection and learning using holograms.
  4. Early and longitudinal clinical skills training 
  5. Patient-based activities
  6. Community-based activities
  7. Interprofessional collaboration