The entire four-year medical curriculum is presented to the students with the highest degree of sequencing and integration possible. The topics covered in the different courses are related and follow each other in a sequential manner. The topics of the four-year medical course generally proceed from the normal to the abnormal, and from the simple to the complex levels of organization. Most of the subjects are yearly courses taken up for two semesters of about 20 weeks each. Of the 40 weeks, some 32-34 weeks are allocated to structured teaching-learning activities while the rest are devoted to integration, review, and evaluations.
The first year covers normal Human Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology, and Family and Community Medicine. Slide/film showing and laboratory work in small groups complement the lectures.
The second year focuses on Pathology, Microbiology and Parasitology, Pharmacology, Family and Community Medicine, and introductory courses in clinical subjects. In smaller groups, students begin to encounter patients in actual hospital situations. They are introduced to history taking and physical examination.
The third year deals with didactic lectures on common diseases encountered in clinical practice as well as, to a limited extent, academically-interesting, rare/exotic conditions. Pathophysiology is reviewed while clinical features, diagnostic approaches and principles of management are highlighted. The third year curriculum also includes practical case discussions under the supervision of a faculty preceptor. Legal Medicine and Medical Jurisprudence are offered in this year level.
The training in the fourth year, also called Junior Internship, is mainly spent in actual patient care, as part of the medical team. Hospital rounds and group discussions give the students a good perspective on diagnosis, management and bedside manners. For 52 weeks, the Junior Interns rotate in different clinical departments and hospitals according to a prescribed period of time; evaluations are done periodically. The students devote the entire fourth year of the medical course to rendering primary, secondary, and tertiary medical care in various clinical disciplines in the following venues:
- De La Salle University Medical Center, Dasmariñas, Cavite
- Cavite Center for Mental Health, Trece Martires City, Cavite
- General Emilio Aguinaldo Memorial Hospital, Trece Martires City, Cavite
As part of their rotation in Family and Community Medicine, the junior interns live for a period of five weeks in selected barangays in Cavite. During this period, they participate in community organizing, training, participatory action research, and provision of health services. Their efforts are directed mainly towards preventive medicine such as immunization, case-finding and health education. Under the supervision of a medical consultant, they also help provide curative services.
Junior internship abroad may be allowed as an elective for fourth year medical students. The clinical rotations taken abroad may only cover a maximum of six months and the total clinical rotations must cover one school year. Obstetrics & Gynecology and Community Medicine rotations may only be taken at DLSHSI