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M1-M4 Immunology Education

MCW Medical Students-M1 (first year)
Course: MIIM-D1102-020 – IAHI (Infectious Agents and Host Immunity) | Spring (February to May)
Source: Spring 2019 Course Syllabus

Course Description

The course provides information, practical experience, and conceptual approaches needed for understanding the characteristics and activities parasites, fungi, bacteria, and viruses, as well as the immunological responses of the host. The primary goal is to assist each student to (i) acquire and integrate the knowledge necessary for developing the ability to make scientifically based judgments concerning microbial diseases, and (ii) apply new findings gained by personal observation or by informed reading of the current literature. The schedule of lecture topics, clinical correlations, and small group exercises elsewhere in this document gives the detailed content of the course. The course covers the following sub-disciplines of medical microbiology: immunology, parasitology, mycology, bacteriology, and virology. However, many subjects are interrelated, and the student should make a strong effort to discern unifying principles.

The content of the course is consistent with the USMLE Content Outline (PDF), which has been designated by the MCW Course Directors and the Curriculum and Evaluation Committee as the objectives for the M1-M2 years, and the Subject Examination Content for the Basic Science Disciplines defined by the National Board of Medical Examiners.

Note: Immunology lectures take place in Block 1 of three Blocks in the IAHI medical student course.

Block 1: Immunology
This section presents basic concepts of immunology and host responses contributing to health and disease. Innate as well as adaptive immunity are described. Cell types involved in humoral responses and cellular responses are identified. The regulation of these responses is discussed and diseases arising from misregulation are identified. An attempt is made throughout the course to emphasize examples of immunological interactions between host and microorganism.