With the introduction of new courses, revamping of current ones, improvement in teaching quality and the new option to split, all students will be impacted by the redesign. The level of impact will vary depending on the path taken. The fundamental essence of our MD program (grading system, emphasis on research, etc.) will remain unchanged, however there will be improved flexibility in choosing a pathway that optimizes your time, learning experience and scholarly research.
Many students will pursue the traditional route currently offered and take their basic science over 2 years. However, since an overwhelming majority of students already take 5 years or more to complete their medical degree, having the option to stretch the preclinical curriculum over 3 years via the split will give them more time to dedicate to longitudinal scholarly research projects. Students will still have the option of taking a full year of dedicated research, if they and their advisor believes that this is in their best interest.