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CIRCLE Overview - Presentation Video
by Deborah Conway, M.D. & Michael Johnson, M.D.

What would you like to be when you grow up? If you are reading this, then you must have answered "a doctor" to this often repeated childhood question.

However, that is just the beginning of the story. Our CIRCLE Curriculum is designed to prepare you, our student, for much more! Guided by best educational practices, our new curriculum integrates basic and clinical sciences vertically and horizontally, incorporates active learning principles and pedagogies, fosters the development of self-directed learning skills and appraisal, and inculcates the concept of lifelong learning, incorporating the use of interactive technologies. We believe that our integrated curriculum structure will lay the foundation for our graduates to become researchers, clinicians, leaders, and educators, thus CIRCLE (Curricular Integration: Researchers, Clinicians, Leaders, Educators).

All curricular objectives are explicitly linked to our measureable physician competencies. Clinical and communication skills are rehearsed in our H.E.B Clinical Simulation Center with standardized patients and simulation equipment and practiced under supervision with patients in a clinical assignment as early as the first module. Additional learning experiences promote and foster professional identity development as students incorporate humanistic and ethical principles and practices. Additional information about the CIRCLE curriculum is available in the Welcome Weekend presentation. The school's Professionalism statement is posted here.