In January, 1984, Dr. Joseph Stokes, III began his duties as dean of the School of Medicine at the San Diego campus. During the intervening months, academic and architectural planning accelerated and key faculty members were being recruited in November, 1965.
The first class of medical students were planned to enroll in the fall of 1968 and plans called for a progressive increase to an entering class size of 96 students.
The School of Medicine planned to offer a unique, experimental curriculum that will emphasize close affiliation with the general campus and maximum flexibility. The first year would be taught primarily by faculty members from the graduate department at San Diego with graduate students and medical students taking the same course in cell biology. Formal demonstration laboratories for first-year medical students would be replaced by rotation through various research laboratories similar to that given to first-year graduate students in biology. Opportunities in research would be enhanced by the uniquely integrated relationship with the faculty in the behavioral and social sciences and the graduate Departments of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics. At least 20 per cent of the student's time would be free to pursue research or other elective activities.
The second-year curriculum would introduce the student to organ structure and function in health and disease and would also include an integrated course in the neurosciences and courses in pathogenic microbiology and pharmacology. During this year, students would be assigned to 16-man multidiscipline laboratories where they will be supervised by instructors from various departments of the School of Medicine.
During the third year, students would be introduced to the tools of clinical medicine and would pursue a core clinical curriculum at the three hospital facilities which would be operated by, or affiliated with, the School of Medicine. This would allow a fourth year which would be largely elective and which should allow a student to pursue his individual interests by taking medical or surgical clerkships, clinical or basic science electives, or continued research. source
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