This is what some typical weeks look like for a first year medicine class in the fall and winter term. The exact schedule of classes varies from week to week to accomodate physician lecturers, but the time commitment for classes each day remains relatively consistent. We generally have classes from 8:30-4:30, with an hour off for lunch everyday from 12:30-1:30. We have two half days off a week, which alternate times, but often fall on Friday afternoons in addition to one other day.
Lunch time is a great time to relax and hang out with classmates, but is also when tons of interest groups are hosting talks and workshops.
We engage in a variety of different learning styles including lectures, case discussions in small group learning sessions, peer-led labs, and physician facilitated teaching sessions. We also start our clinical skills class, which involves working with standardized and volunteer patients under the supervision of physicians, in our very first week. This way students are exposed to a variety of learning styles, and given the opportunity to work with many different groups of their peers.