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136 TOTAL WEEKS OF INSTRUCTION

  • M1
  • M2
  • M3

 

 

Summer/Fall Course Descriptions

Foundations of Clinical Medicine

Foundations of Clinical Medicine course prepares students for ethical and professional direct patient care in anticipation of starting clinical work. The unit focuses on the basics of medical interviewing, physical examinations, written documentation, oral presentations and the medical record.

Clinical Human Anatomy

Clinical Human Anatomy introduces students to the structural and functional aspects of the human body.  Students explore the macroscopic anatomy of organs, regions, planes and spaces through team cadaver dissection and a variety of imaging techniques – such as X-rays, CT and MRI scans – that relate to clinical practice.

Molecules to Cells:  Biochemistry, Genetics, Human Development & Tissue Biology

Molecules to Cells exposes students to the molecular and chemical principles of life, such as those concerned with structure and function of proteins and DNA, metabolism and its control, membrane transport and cellular recognition.  This course integrates concepts of biochemistry, medical genetics, human development and cell and tissue biology while exploring the processes that occur as a single fertilized human ovum develops, as well as the variety of congenital abnormalities that may ensue.

Physiology

Students gain knowledge of the physiologic processes of cellular organization, membrane, nerve and muscle physiology, the cardiovascular, respiratory and renal systems, the lymphatic, microcirculation, metabolism and temperature regulation, gastrointestinal physiology and the endocrine and reproductive systems. They learn to apply the fundamentals of normal physiology in the understanding of pathophysiology and treatment while developing skills as medical professionals.

Clinical Apprenticeship

Clinical Apprenticeship provides an early clinical experience. Each student is assigned to a clinic for a half-day each week, during which the provision of patient care is explored under the supervision of faculty members. Students interact with a clinical preceptor to develop specific core skills.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

The CPD course is the continuation of the early clinical coursework to ensure your continued competency progression in the clinical setting. This course assigns one clinical faculty director to a cohort of students. The CPD director will monitor and measure your performance and competencies based on your cumulative performance in the required components. You'll work one-on-one with your CPD director to manage an Individualized Learning Plan.

Spring Course Descriptions

Infectious Agents and Host Immunity

Infectious Agents & Host Immunity examines the fundamental principles of microbiology, including the sub-disciplines of immunology, virology, bacteriology, microbial genetics, mycology and parasitology.  Students acquire an understanding of physiologic and pathogenic properties of microorganisms causing disease, immunological responses contributing to health and disease, and the principles of the actions of antimicrobial agents.

Foundations of Human Behavior

Foundations of Human Behavior provides students with a knowledgebase in normal human psychological development and behavior across the life cycle, the role of interpersonal relationships within family and other groups, and psychological adaptation to illness.

Principles of Drug Action 

Principles of Drug Action integrates neuroscience, psychiatry, microbiology and pharmacological sciences to discuss the principles of pharmacology and major therapeutic drugs.  Students learn about the interaction of drugs, drug absorption and elimination, drug distribution, dose-response, toxicity and therapeutic efficacy.

Medical Neuroscience

Medical Neuroscience is an integrated multi-departmental course that examines the structure and functions of the human nervous system.  Students learn the basic neuroscience as well as clinical correlations applicable to primary care and the subspecialties.

Clinical Apprenticeship

Clinical Apprenticeship provides an early clinical experience. Each student is assigned to a clinic for a half-day each week, during which the provision of patient care is explored under the supervision of faculty members. Students interact with a clinical preceptor to develop specific core skills.

Bench to Bedside

Bench to Bedside course is dedicated to learning activities meant to supplement direct patient care experiences. Topics include multidisciplinary (basic science and clinical faculty) case conferences, the “abnormal” physical exam with basic science and clinical correlations, medical ethics and palliative care, health systems and policy and evidence-based medicine.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD)

The CPD course is the continuation of the early clinical coursework to ensure your continued competency progression in the clinical setting. This course assigns one clinical faculty director to a cohort of students. The CPD director will monitor and measure your performance and competencies based on your cumulative performance in the required components. You'll work one-on-one with your CPD director to manage an Individualized Learning Plan.

Summer/Fall Course Descriptions

LONGITUDINAL INTEGRATED CLERKSHIPS

Central Wisconsin Integrated Clerkships (CWIC) in the MCW-Central Wisconsin Discovery curriculum make your experience unique from our other campuses.  You will learn all eight clerkship specialties concurrently participating in different specialties on different days of the week.  Flex time in your weekly schedules allows you to arrange your schedule to follow individual patients through his/her treatment plan, or to see a case that will complete a required experience on your patient encounter log.

FOUNDATIONS OF PATHOLOGIC PROCESSES-MUSCULOSKELETAL/SKIN

The FPP-MSS unit is a foundational integrated course that explores the immune system and its response to infections, concepts important to understanding cell injury, neoplastic processes and genetics.  You'll progress through the normal and abnormal development, structure and function of skin, skeletal muscle, cartilage, ligament and bone.

CARDIOVASCULAR

Cardiovascular unit examines the anatomy, histology, biology and physiology of the cardiovascular system.  You'll explore advanced normal cardiovascular function and disease, as well as major risk factors and their relationship to cardiovascular diseases.  Sessions reinforce understanding of the physiological, biochemical, local and humeral mechanisms in control of the cardiovascular system.

RENAL-RESPIRATORY

The Renal-Respiratory unit provides a case-based, multi-disciplinary introduction to understanding the kidneys in a clinical context. You'll make connections between renal development, histology and function using an integrative approach to the normal and abnormal function of the upper and lower respiratory systems.

HEME-LYMPH

Hematopoietic-Lymphatic unit utilizes a multidisciplinary team to advance your knowledge of the development and function of the hematopoietic system, including hemostasis, thrombosis, anemia, proliferative and neoplastic disease, transfusion and transplantation.  Sessions reinforce learning of hematopoietic cells and their function under normal and disease states.

BENCH TO BEDSIDE

Bench to Bedside course continues in the M2 year and is dedicated to learning activities meant to supplement direct patient care experiences.  Topics include multidisciplinary (basic science and clinical faculty) case conferences, the “abnormal” physical exam with basic science and clinical correlations, medical ethics and palliative care, health systems and policy and evidence-based medicine.

CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD)

The CPD course is the continuation of the early clinical coursework to ensure your continued competency progression in the clinical setting.  This course assigns one clinical faculty director to a cohort of students.  The CPD director will monitor and measure your performance and competencies based on your cumulative performance in the required components.  You'll work one-on-one with your CPD director to manage an Individualized Learning Plan.

Spring Course Descriptions

GI-NUTRITION

Gastrointestinal-Nutrition unit builds a foundation of understanding of the structure-function relationships which control GI function within the context of disease processes.  This includes the anatomical, physiological, and cellular and biochemical functions of the GI tract as well as the organs which secrete components that function in the GI system. You'll learn through lecture, interactive, lab and virtual microscope sessions.

ENDOCRINE-REPRODUCTION

Endocrine-Reproduction unit examines the anatomy, histology, embryology, biochemistry, physiology, pharmacology and pathology of the pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid and adrenal glands. This unit explores the development and progression of female and male reproductive systems, including prenatal development, gender differentiation and the reproductive years.

NEURO-PSYCH UNIT

Neuroscience-Psychology unit will provide you with the knowledge and skills required to understand and evaluate normal function and pathology of the human nervous system. You'll study the anatomy, biology and function of the central and peripheral nervous systems as they explore the diagnosis, pathophysiology and treatment of neurologic diseases.

SYMPTOMS

Symptoms unit integrates basic science courses, history and physical findings, knowledge of clinical correlations and understanding of demographic and psychological factors influencing patient presentation and treatment, through a clinical symptom-based process. You'll bring together what you have learned about normal and abnormal gross and cellular structure, biochemistry, physiology, neoplasia and the role of microorganisms in each of the organ-based units. You'll then apply this knowledge in patients presenting with a particular symptom.

ELECTIVES – M3 & M4

The Medical College of Wisconsin offers more than 200 electives in 20 different departments. You may select from any specialty or subspecialty ranging from advanced gross anatomy to neurosurgery along with multiple research electives and away rotations. Over the third and fourth year you'll take 22 weeks of electives.  Depending on your preferences and scheduling, year three is 2-10 weeks of electives and year four is 12-20 weeks of electives.

FOUNDATIONAL CAPSTONE

Foundational Capstone course provides clinical learning activities designed to prepare you for the USMLE Step 1 Exam and M3 clerkships. You'll utilize simulated patient care encounters along with follow-up clinical reasoning and oral presentation exercises to ensure that you are prepared for clerkships.

CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (CPD)

The CPD course is the continuation of the early clinical coursework to ensure your continued competency progression in the clinical setting.  This course assigns one clinical faculty director to a cohort of students.  The CPD director monitors and measures your performance and competencies based on your cumulative performance in the required components.  You'll work one-on-one with your CPD director to manage an Individualized Learning Plan.

Summer/Fall Course Descriptions

LONGITUDINAL INTEGRATED CLERKSHIPS

Central Wisconsin Integrated Clerkships (CWIC) in the MCW-Central Wisconsin Discovery Curriculum make your experience unique from our other campuses.  You will learn all eight clerkship specialties concurrently participating in different specialties on different days of the week.  Flex time in your weekly schedules allows you to arrange your schedule to follow an individual patient through his/her treatment plan or to see a case that will complete a required experience off of your patient encounter log.

CONTINUOUS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

The CPD course is the continuation of the early clinical coursework to ensure your continued competency progression in the clinical setting.  This course assigns one clinical faculty director to a cohort of students.  The CPD director monitors and measures your performance and competencies based on your cumulative performance in the required components.  You'll work one-on-one with your CPD director to manage an Individualized Learning Plan.

Spring Course Descriptions

LONGITUDINAL INTEGRATED CLERKSHIPS

Longitudinal integrated clerkships in the MCW-Central Wisconsin Discovery curriculum make your experience unique from our other campuses.  You will learn all eight clerkship specialties concurrently participating in different specialties on different days of the week.  Flex time in your weekly schedules allows you to arrange your schedule to follow an individual patient through his/her treatment plan or to see a case that will complete a required experience off of your patient encounter log.

FOUNDATIONS OF HUMAN BEHAVIOR

Foundations of Human Behavior provides students with a knowledgebase in normal human psychological development and behavior across the life cycle, the role of interpersonal relationships within family and other groups, and psychological adaptation to illness.

BENCH TO BEDSIDE

Bench to Bedside course is dedicated to learning activities meant to supplement direct patient care experiences. Topics include multidisciplinary (basic science and clinical faculty) case conferences, the “abnormal” physical exam with basic science and clinical correlations, medical ethics and palliative care, health systems and policy and evidence-based medicine.

CLINICAL APPRENTICESHIP

Clinical Apprenticeship provides an early clinical experience along with Bench to Bedside.  Each student is assigned to a clinic each week for a half-day, during which the provision of patient care is explored under the supervision of faculty members.  Students interact with a clinical preceptor to develop specific core skills attainable during their clinical experiences.

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