Four themes extend throughout the program, providing the framework for the curriculum and assessment. These themes represent a radical departure form the traditional organization of medical courses around pre-clinical disciplines such as Anatomy and clinical disciplines such as Surgery.
There is still an initial focus on basic sciences and clinical skills, and a later emphasis on clinical knowledge, skills and judgment - but the theme structure ensures that students' knowledge and skills develop systematically over their four years. In addition, the themes provide a framework for the program objectives. Students are required to demonstrate satisfactory performance in all four themes throughout the course.