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Educational Program & Philosophy

The Thomas F. Frist, Jr. College of Medicine at Belmont University is committed to educating future clinicians whose knowledge and clinical decision-making is firmly grounded in foundational sciences. These physicians will consider the whole patient with deep and nuanced understanding of one’s physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs and the socioeconomic and systems factors that affect health care. 

Our guiding principle is this: to integrate basic, foundational sciences and clinical medicine.

Faculty will team teach every course, with foundational scientists and core clinicians instructing side-by side in both large and small-group settings. Emphasis will be on active and self-directed learning and on interprofessional simulation and collaboration. 

The centerpiece of the curriculum is clinical relevance. Weekly clinical cases will feature basic and clinical science principles in the context of social determinants of health and the humanities.  Students will have early exposure to patient care. Close attention from core faculty and emphasis on the wellness of students will assist students to flourish  during their training.