Course Descriptions



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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 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.


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.


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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M2 Students


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 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 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.

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