Medical School

M2 Year

MCW-Central Wisconsin Curriculum Schedule and Course Descriptions

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M2 Summer/Fall Course Descriptions

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Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships
Central Wisconsin Integrated Clerkships (CWIC) in the MCW-Central Wisconsin Discovery curriculum make your experience unique from our other campuses.  You will learn all eight clerkship specialties concurrently participating in different specialties on different days of the week.  Flex time in your weekly schedules allows you to arrange your schedule to follow individual patients through his/her treatment plan, or to see a case that will complete a required experience on your patient encounter log.
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'll 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'll 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 continues in the M2 year and 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.
Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
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 will monitor and measure 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.

M2 Spring Course Descriptions

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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. You'll 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.
Foundational Capstone
Foundational Capstone course provides clinical learning activities designed to prepare you 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 that you are prepared for clerkships.
Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
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.