Course Descriptions

Here are the College of Medicine course descriptions for the 2nd year of the Foundations of Medicine phase. Each course is called a block. 

M-ID 510 - Gastrointestinal – 6 cr. hrs

Gastroenterology is a 6-week block, which will provide future physicians with a strong foundation in the structure and function of gastrointestinal organs. This block will cover preclinical concepts in structure, function, and disease. The gastrointestinal system includes the esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, liver, and pancreas. The development, anatomy, histology, and physiology of each of these major organs will be discussed in detail. Additionally, the structure and function of the mouth and salivary glands will be included, as well as the anterior abdominal wall. Nutrition and digestion will be discussed. Disease processes of these organs and body regions will be presented, focusing on the molecular and physiological mechanisms of disease and basic approaches to medical and surgical treatment. Students will be introduced to history taking and physical exam skills relevant to the organ systems and body regions of the gastrointestinal tract.

M-ID 511 -  Endocrine – 3 cr. hrs

The goal of this 3-week block is to apply the knowledge of endocrine physiology to understand the pathophysiology of the endocrine system, and relate this information to the diagnosis and treatment of endocrine diseases. Topics covered include endocrine cells, tissues, structure, function and hormone synthesis, secretion, action and metabolism.  This includes the hypothalamus, pituitary, thyroid, adrenal, parathyroid, metabolic bone disease, the endocrine pancreas, glucose homeostasis, diabetes and obesity. Students will acquire the knowledge by interactive lectures, team-based learning, case vignette and small group sessions.

M-ID 512 - GU/GYN/Reproductive – 5 cr. hrs

In this 5-week block, the students will apply basic science knowledge to explain the normal and pathological states of the urinary tract and reproductive systems, and relate that knowledge to the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.  Methods of instruction will include small group sessions, problem based learning, E-modules, online case vignettes, and lectures with an interactive approach.

M-ID 530 – Hematology/Oncology and Infectious Disease- 4 cr. hrs

This course encompasses the first two of a series of five, two-week blocks designed to revisit fundamental science content as covered in the systems blocks. The goals of synthesis are to provide a structured review and combine high-yield material from the organ system blocks through the lens of conditions related to each of five specialties as preparation for USMLE Step 1 and the transition to clinical rotations in Phase II. The blocks utilize a mixture of small-group, case-based activities and large-class discussions during half-day sessions, allowing for more than 50% independent study time. Focus is placed on formative assessment garnered through liberal use of USMLE-style questions. The first two synthesis blocks combined into this course are Hematology/Oncology and Infectious Disease.

M-ID 531 – Pediatrics, Rheumatology & Immunology, and Geriatrics - 6 cr. hrs

This course encompasses the final three of a series of five, two-week blocks designed to revisit fundamental science content as covered in the systems blocks. The goal of synthesis is to provide a structured review and combine high yield material from the prior organ system blocks through the lens of conditions related to each of five specialties as preparation for USMLE Step 1. The three synthesis blocks combined into this course are Pediatrics, Rheumatology and Immunology, and Geriatrics.