ENMED delivers a revolutionary medical curriculum in which medical science and practice are intentionally interwoven with engineering science and biodesign principles to produce a synergy in both understanding and innovative clinical application. During the four-year program, this unique blending of engineering and medical training is achieved through purposeful integration of thematically related material by teams of multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary content experts to develop a deeply interconnected understanding of the human body as a complex biophysical system amenable to engineering-based analyses and interventions.
Small Class Size
With small classes of 50 students, interactive group-learning environments and personalized education are at the core of the pedagogy. Students develop self-directed, critical-thinking skills and multidisciplinary insights that translate into the clinical-reasoning and design skills necessary to become a physicianeer.
Summer Pre-Matriculation Course
In general, the curriculum is divided into three phases. The first phase (Pre-Matriculation) consists of a 6-week intensive course to overview concepts and skills at the intersection of engineering and medicine and to introduce the fundamentals of the biodesign process, ranging from needs finding and screening (Identify), through conceptualization and prototyping (Invent), and into pre-clinical testing and commercialization strategies (Implement).
The second phase (Pre-Clerkship) runs approximately 1.5 years and is taught using a flipped-classroom, student-centered approach with an emphasis on interactive and team-based learning, interlaced with hands-on labs, workshops, and other engaging experiences to develop key clinical and engineering skills. In this non-lecture based learning approach, fundamental concepts in medical science are overviewed first, followed by a systematic survey of the primary organ systems.
Following pre-clerkship and STEP 1, the final phase (Clerkship) runs approximately 2.5 years and consists of required clinical rotations in internal medicine, surgery, family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, neurology and psychiatry within Houston Methodist Hospital. In addition, students complete emergency medicine, acting internship and intensive care unit and student-selected clinical electives, some of which can be taken at other medical facilities nation-wide. Importantly, a subset of dedicated electives are reserved for ENMED students to engage in multiple Innovation Immersion Experiences.