First Year Curriculum

The first-year curriculum combines problem-based, student-centered learning with strategic lectures, laboratories, and small-group discussions.  It has seven academic courses, (1) Structural Basis of Medical practice, (2) Cellular and Molecular Basis of Medical Practice, (3) Biological Basis of Disease, (4) Social Influences on Health, (5) Medical Humanities, (6) Evidence-Based Medicine and (7) Foundations of Clinical Medicine.

The first course is Structural Basis of Medical Practice and includes the disciplines of anatomy, embryology, and radiologic anatomy.  During this part of the curriculum, the parallel course of Social Influences on Health provides students with a societal and global view on of health care, including epidemiology, economics and cultural diversity issues.

The second academic course is Cellular and Molecular Basis of Medical Practice.  This course spans the fall and spring semester.  It includes biochemistry, histology, molecular biology, molecular genetics, pharmacology, and physiology.  Small-group, problem-based learning is introduced during this course in combination with lectures, learning exercises, and laboratories.

The third course is Biological Basis of Disease.  It includes general principles of pathology, immunology, and microbiology.  There is increased emphasis on problem-based learning and a laboratory component.

The spring semester courses concurrent to CMBMP 712 and BBD 716 include Medical Humanities 713 and Evidence-Based Medicine I 713.  Medical Humanities introduces first-year medical students to topics that explore questions of value and meaning in and around medicine including; the patient's experience of illness; social and cultural contexts of sickness and healing; historical development of the medical profession; relationship of the medical profession to society; and moral dimensions of the physician-patient relationship.  Throughout the year, Foundations of Clinical Medicine I (FCM 713 &714) teaches students basic physical examination and patient interviewing skills.