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    M1 Discovery Curriculum Course Descriptions

    M1 Fall


    M1 Spring




    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. 

    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. 

    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.

    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 examination, written documentation, oral presentations and the medical record. 



    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.

    Principles of Drug Action Course Description

    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.

    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.