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Discovery Curriculum

Milwaukee
4 Years

154 TOTAL WEEKS OF INSTRUCTION

  • M1
  • M2
  • M3
  • M4

Course Descriptions

MCW MILW M1 FALL

M1-FY-FALL

Dr. Kerschner speaks with Students

Clinical Human Anatomy

Clinical Human Anatomy will introduce you to the structural and functional aspects of the human body.  You'll 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 will expose you 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

You will 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. You'll learn to apply the fundamentals of normal physiology in the understanding of pathophysiology and treatment while developing skills as medical professionals.

Foundations of Clinical Medicine

Foundations of Clinical Medicine course will prepare you 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.

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Course Description

MCW MILW M1 SPRING

M1-FY-SPRING

MCW Student and Faculty Member in Labs

Infectious Agents & 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.  You'll 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.  You will 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.  You'll learn the basic neuroscience as well as clinical correlations applicable to primary care and the subspecialties.

Foundations of Human Behavior

Foundations of Human Behavior will provide you 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.  You'll be 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.  You will also interact with a clinical preceptor to develop specific core skills attainable during your clinical experiences.

Course Descriptions

M2 FALL

M2-SY-FALL

Dr. Kerschner Speaks with Students

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 will 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 will 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 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.  You'll be 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.  You will interact with a clinical preceptor to develop specific core skills attainable during your clinical experiences.

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Course Description

M2 SPRING

M2 SPRING

M2 Students

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. Students 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 can then apply this knowledge in patients presenting with a particular symptom.

Foundational Capstone

Foundational Capstone course provides clinical learning activities designed to prepare students 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 you're prepared for clerkships.

Course Descriptions

M3 FALL

M3-TY-FALL

M3 FS Expl

Dr. Kerschner Speaks with Students

Surgery

The Surgery clerkship is an eight-week rotation and is designed to provide broad exposure to the wide variety of topics in both general surgery and the surgical subspecialties.  After completing the clerkship, you will be able to recognize common surgical diseases and be familiar with the initial evaluation and management of these common surgical problems.

Obstetrics and Gynecology

The Obstetrics and Gynecology clerkship is an intensive six week rotation designed to provide you with a comprehensive background regarding women’s health, giving you the skills necessary to manage routine obstetric and gynecologic problems during your career, regardless of specialty choice.

Anesthesiology

Anesthesiology is a two-week rotation.  You will be introduced to the care of perioperative patients throughout all phases of perioperative care.  The focus will be on performing a preoperative evaluation and identifying risk factors, intraoperative management (including management of common problems) and post-operative care (including acute pain management).

Family Medicine

The Family Medicine clerkship is a four-week rotation introducing you to the principles of family and community medicine. You will have experiences diagnosing and managing the most common medical problems in family practice. You'll learn the process of care in family medicine, learn how to apply evidence-based medicine in patient care, develop important clinical problem-solving skills and communication skills in the outpatient setting, and enhance your knowledge of population-based medicine.

Psychiatry

The Psychiatry clerkship is a four-week rotation working with psychiatrists and other mental health providers.  During the clerkship, you'll learn to recognize the difference between emotional problems and mental illness, demonstrate the ability to perform a psychiatric interview that will lead to a formulation of the problem and method of intervention, list major psychiatric diagnostic entities and apply them to case histories, learn about psychotropic medications, learn different modalities used in hospitals to treat patients, and demonstrate the ability to talk with ease to patients who have emotional problems, and effectively manage psychiatric emergency situations.

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Course Description

M3 SPRING

M3-TY-SPRING

M3 FS Expl

MCW Student and Faculty Member in Labs

Family Medicine

The Family Medicine clerkship is a four-week rotation and introduces you to the principles of family and community medicine. You will have experiences diagnosing and managing the most common medical problems in family practice. You'll learn the process of care in family medicine, learn how to apply evidence-based medicine in patient care, develop important clinical problem-solving skills and communication skills in the outpatient setting, and enhance your knowledge of population-based medicine.

Psychiatry

The Psychiatry clerkship is a four-week rotation working with psychiatrists and other mental health providers.  You'll learn to recognize the difference between emotional problems and mental illness, demonstrate the ability to perform a psychiatric interview that will lead to a formulation of the problem and method of intervention, list major psychiatric diagnostic entities and apply them to case histories, learn about psychotropic medications, learn different modalities used in hospitals to treat patients, and demonstrate the ability to talk with ease to patients who have emotional problems, and effectively manage psychiatric emergency situations.

Pediatrics

The Pediatric clerkship is a six-week rotation that consists of four weeks of inpatient and two weeks of outpatient pediatrics experience. During the four weeks of inpatient, you'll become part of a team of interns and residents taking care of pediatric patients in a hospital setting. During the two weeks of outpatient, you will spend time in outpatient pediatric subspecialty clinics and in primary care offices.

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 will work one-on-one with your CPD director to manage an Individualized Learning Plan.

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 individual preferences and scheduling, year three is 2-10 weeks of electives and year four is 12-20 weeks of electives.

Medicine

The Internal Medicine clerkship is an eight-week rotation and provides you with an intensive exposure to the practice of internal medicine in the inpatient setting. You will complete two four-week inpatient rotations during the clerkship. The core clerkship focuses on the basic competencies of internal medicine considered necessary for third-year medical students as determined by the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine (CDIM) national curriculum.

Neurology

The Neurology clerkship is a four-week rotation that will teach the principles and skills required to recognize and manage neurological diseases most likely to be seen in a general medical practice.

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.

 

Course Descriptions

M4 FALL

M4-4Y-FALL

M4 Information

Dr. Kerschner Speaks with Students

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 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.

Outpatient Clerkship

Future four-week rotation to be offered in an outpatient setting.  Will be introduced in academic year 2015-2016.

Neurology – M3 or M4 Clerkship

The Neurology clerkship is a four-week rotation that will teach the principles and skills required to recognize and manage neurological diseases most likely to be seen in a general medical practice.

Acting Internships

The acting internship, regardless of which department/division offers it, is designed to preview the responsibilities of an intern.  You are required to complete a four-week medicine acting internship and a second four-week acting internship chosen from the list of approved rotations.  All of the goals and key features will be accomplished with the appropriate supervision by senior residents and attending physicians.

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.

MCW Student Vignettes

Course Description

M4 SPRING

M4-4Y-SPRING

M4 Information

MCW Student and Faculty Member in Labs

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 students take 22 weeks of electives.  Depending on student preferences and scheduling, year three is 2-10 weeks of electives and year four is 12-20 weeks of electives.

Acting Internships

The acting internship, regardless of which department/division offers it, is designed to preview the responsibilities of an intern. You are required to complete a four-week medicine acting internship and a second four-week acting internship chosen from the list of approved rotations.  All of the goals and key features will be accomplished with the appropriate supervision by senior residents and attending physicians.

Capstone

The two-week Capstone course provides our graduating students a broad exposure to practical clinical issues commonly faced by residents early in their residency.   Specialty-specific workshops and additional training as required by residency programs are provided.

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.

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