Program in Liberal Medical Education

Requirements

Students in the first four years of the PLME are completely integrated into the undergraduate student body and, like all students, have access to Brown’s entire faculty.

Curriculum (Academics)

The PLME allows for great flexibility in curriculum planning. A variety of courses are recommended to give undergraduates competency in mathematics and in natural, social, and behavioral sciences, and to provide a foundation for subsequent medical science and clinical courses.

Students in the first four years of the PLME are completely integrated into the undergraduate student body and, like all students, have access to Brown’s entire faculty. This fosters collaborative teaching and research among professors and students from a wide array of disciplines.

During the undergraduate years, PLME students may pursue:

  • AB or ScB degree in the sciences
  • AB degree in the humanities, social sciences, or behavioral science, or
  • Pursue another interdisciplinary concentration, such as public policy or international studies, or
  • Develop an independent concentration

Competency Requirements by Class Year

Demonstration of competence in the preclinical disciplines: biology/biochemistry, chemistry, physics, statistics, and the humanities and social sciences. In addition, students are encouraged to develop skills of written and oral expression. PLME advisors will assist each student in planning a curriculum that includes appropriate writing experience.

Demonstrate competence in the basic medical sciences, the behavioral aspects of medicine, and in core clinical areas. The latter include internal medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, psychiatry, family medicine and community health. Students are observed and evaluated directly on a daily basis as they develop their clinical reasoning and technical skills. They are encouraged to select elective experiences consistent with their interests in a variety of academic areas such as epidemiology, public health, ethics, and human values.