What is a Vertically Integrated Curriculum?

Most preclinical courses are presented in a standard format with sequential lectures on a general topic within a specified timeframe. Whereas a vertically integrated curriculum is a number of lectures given within existing courses that are tied together by a thread or theme over an extended timeframe. That means instead of having a single course in “Geriatrics”, you will have a variety of lectures sprinkled throughout your existing courses which highlight geriatrics content relevant to your existing coursework.