Longitudinal Curriculum

The Longitudinal Curriculum (LC) was established in 2019 as a set of content pillars that would support and span the three phases of the Geisel curriculum. Each of the eighteen LCs consists of content that is relevant to multiple courses and clerkships, and as such, is integrated into the curriculum in a longitudinal manner.  While distinct from individual courses and clerkships, the LC are not a separate or parallel curriculum. Rather, LC content is interwoven within and across courses and clerkships, such that content is delivered in the most relevant settings and continually reinforced throughout the student’s educational experience.

Each LC is led by an LC Leader, who is a content expert and curricular champion for the LC objectives.

Longitudinal Curricula LC Leader(s)
Biochemistry (BIOC) Larry Myers, PhD
Cells, Tissues, and Organs (CTO)
Rand Swenson, MD, PhD
Childhood Development, Health, and Illness (CDHI) Carol Lynn O'Dea, MD
Clinical Microbiology and Immunity (CMI) Rich Zuckerman, MD
David Mullins, PhD
Ethics and Human Values (EHV)
Bill Nelson, MDiv, PhD
Evidence-based Medicine and Informatics (EBMI)
Stephanie Kerns, MLS
Genetics (GENE)
Larry Myers, PhD
Mary Beth Dinulos, MD
Health Care Delivery Science (HCDS) David Mullins, PhD (Interim)
Human Anatomy and Embryology (HAE)
Virginia Lyons, PhD
Imaging (IMG)
Nancy McNulty, MD
Leadership and Professional Development (LPD)
Cathy Pipas, MD, MPH
Nutrition (NUTR)
Rima Itani Al-Nimr, MS, RDN, LD
Oncology (ONC)
Mary Chamberlin, MD
Alex Fuld, MD
Pathology (PATH) Candice Black, DO
Pharmacology (PHAR) Michael W. Lee, PhD
Physiology (PHYS) Nena L. Mason, PhD
Race and Health Equity (RHE) Lisa M. McBride, PhD
Substance Use Disorders and Pain (SUBP) David Mullins, PhD (Interim)

While the footprint and intensity of each LC may vary in different phases of the curriculum, each LC is an intentionally planned and cohesive curricular treatment of a topic.  Like courses and clerkships, each LC has specific learning objectives that are linked to Geisel’s program objectives and core competencies, approved by the MEC, rigorously evaluated, and continually updated.

While LCs do not have stand-alone assessments, each LC objective is assessed through course- and clerkship-based assessment instruments, and student performance in each LC is monitored by the LC leaders.

For more information on specific LCs, contact the appropriate LC Leader.  General questions or comments about the Geisel LCs can be addressed to Dr. Mullins (david.w.mullins@dartmouth.edu), the Associate Dean for Basic Science Integration.