Course Descriptions



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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.


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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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.

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