Instead of traditional courses in Anatomy or Biochemistry and Physiology, the curriculum presents topics in an integrated approach, termed Cores that tend to focus on one or more organ systems.
A comprehensive examination at the end of the first year will be given over the Cores and the Integrated Clinical Experiences (I.C.E.)
Cores for the first and second year are described below:
525/526 Integrated Clinical Experience I & II Cores (5 s h cr. 1st semester)/(5 s h cr. 2nd semester)
The Integrated Clinical Experience (ICE) program is intended to help students recognize the clinical relevance of basic sciences and to gain an appreciation of the social, psychological, and ethical dimensions of the practice of medicine. The Primary Care Month is a three-week required experience for all first year medical students. Each student is required to spend three weeks with a primary care physician (family physician, internist, or pediatrician) in a non-metropolitan area. The students may elect to do this at any time during the summer in the months of May, June, July or August. These three-week rotations may be scheduled at any point in time based on the convenience of the student and the preceptor. Most students will live in the rural community during this primary care experience.
560 Cellular Processes Core (6 s h cr. 1st semester)
This six-week-long Core presents an integrated, comprehensive course which covers the basic information in the area of cellular processes necessary to form a foundation for subsequent application to normal and disease-related processes described in subsequent courses of the medical curriculum. A coordinated presentation of appropriate materials from the areas of cell biology and physiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, histology, and genetics will be included in this core. The format of the course will include lectures, question/answer sessions and laboratories. Evaluation will be based on lectures in the form of traditional objective, laboratory, and essay examinations. The Core will be presented in the last six weeks of the fall semester.
570 Structure and Development of the Human Body Core (10 s h cr. 1st semester)
This ten-week-long Core features a study of the structure and development of the human body in sequence beginning with the back and then the upper limb, head, neck, thorax, pelvis, perineum, and lower limb. Structural features are studied by gross dissection, demonstration, cross section, radiographs and in scans and are correlated to the appropriate living anatomy. Systemic embryology lectures will provide an understanding of the development of definitive anatomical structures. Emphasis is placed on the structure: function correlation and the relationship of anatomic configuration to diagnosis of clinical problems. The format of the course will include lectures, laboratories, demonstrations, small group discussions and many varieties of audiovisual aids. Evaluation will be in the form of traditional objective, laboratory, and essay examinations. The Core will be presented in the first ten weeks of the fall semester.
580 Neurosciences Core (6 s h cr. 2nd semester)
This six-week-long Core presents an integrated, comprehensive study of neuroscience, including behavioral science, clinical neurology, neuroanatomy and neurophysiology. Topics presented in this course are selected to give students a basic understanding of the functioning of the nervous system in both health and disease. The format will include lectures, laboratories, problem based learning sessions and a selected number of clinical correlates. In addition, each student will research, using computer assisted search methods and library materials, one topic in more depth and will present their findings as a short essay. Grades will be established by objective, and laboratory examinations as well as by faculty evaluation of the essay. The Core will be presented in the first six weeks of the spring semester.
590 Function of the Human Body Core (10 s h cr. 2nd semester)
This ten-week-long Core presents an integrated, comprehensive course which covers the physiology, biochemistry, nutrition and histology related to various functions of the human body including:circulatory; renal; respiratory; endocrine/reproductive and digestive, absorptive and metabolic systems.
The format of the course will include lectures, histology laboratories and a cardiovascular laboratory. Evaluation will be in the form of traditional objective, laboratory, and essay examinations. The Core will be presented in the last ten weeks of the spring semester.
630 Introduction to Disease Processes Core (10 s h cr. 1st semester)
This ten-week-long Core consists of introductory material in the areas of immunology, microbiology (bacteriology, virology, mycology, and parasitology), pathology (Clinical, anatomic, pediatric, and forensic), clinical medicine (geriatrics, pediatrics, basic life support, and nutrition), and pharmacology. The format includes lectures, large and small groups and laboratories. Evaluations are in the form of multiple choice, short answer, and short essay exams.
631 Neurology, Ophthalmology, and Psychiatry Core (5 s h cr. 2nd semester)
This five-week-long core presents in an integrated and sequential fashion selected areas in neurology such as epilepsy and movement disorders; ophthalmology such as glaucoma and cataracts; and psychiatry such as anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia. In addition, the subjects of neuropsychopharmacology will be discussed after presentation of clinical entities. Each of the main three units will be heralded by presentation of biochemical and molecular mechanisms in signal transduction involving behavior, neurons, and vision. Each of the three units will culminate in case presentations dealing with proper usage of multiple medications in neurology, ophthalmology, and psychiatry. The assessment of successful acquisition of learning objectives will be based on traditional multiple choice questions and essay examinations.
635/645 Integrated Clinical Experience III & IV Cores (5 s h cr. 1st semester)/(5 s h cr. 2nd semester)
The Integrated Clinical Experience (ICE) program is intended to help students recognize the clinical relevance of basic sciences and to gain an appreciation of the social, psychological, and ethical dimensions of the practice of medicine. Topics covered in this two year curriculum include: The history and physical examination, interviewing skills, behavioral sciences, ethics, preventive medicine, health care policy, and health care services research. In addition, students are given opportunities to participate in the practices of community and university based primary care physicians through the Longitudinal Clinic Experience and summer rural preceptorship (Primary Care Month) between the first and second years of medical school.
640 Hematology/Oncology, Musculoskeletal, Dermatology, Basic Life Support Core (6 s h cr. 2nd semester)
This six-week-long core is intended to provide an introduction to diseases effecting several body systems and includes a multidisciplinary overview of musculoskeletal, dermatology, and basic life support as well as lymphoid and hematopoietic malignancies, anemia, transfusion medicine and coagulation abnormalities.
Each area will be covered by a combination of lecture, small group discussion, and problem-based learning. Students will be given several case scenarios to help direct their studying. Evaluation will be in the form of traditional objective, laboratory, and fill-in-the-blank examinations as well as faculty evaluation of student performance in self-directed learning sessions.
641 Cardiology, Pulmonary, Endocrinology, Ears, Nose, & Throat Core (6 s h cr. 1st semester)
This six-week-long core presents an integrated comprehensive study of cardiac, pulmonary, endocrine and ear, nose and throat diseases including clinical diagnosis and treatment, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and pathology correlates. Topics are selected to give students a basic understanding of the functioning of each organ system in health and disease. The format will include lectures, laboratories and small discussion groups. Evaluation will be in the form of traditional objective, laboratory and essay examinations.
642 Genitourinary and Gastroenterology System Core (5 s h cr. 2nd semester)
This five-week-long core includes instruction on the kidney and urinary tract, female genital system and breast, and gastrointestinal diseases. The series on the female genital tract consists of the pathologic basis intertwined with clinical approaches to the patient. The microbiology of venereal diseases is also presented. Pharmacologic considerations include contraception, fertility and hormone replacement. Social issues surrounding pregnancy are addressed. Breast disease is reviewed by small group discussion, lecture, and laboratories.
Pharmacology is presented throughout the second year.
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