Year I –II Continuum

Foundations of Medical Sciences (FMS)

This 19-week introductory system provides the student with the fundamental knowledge necessary for the integrated study of the basic and clinical sciences in the human organ systems. Foundations of Medical Sciences is divided into three sections. The overreaching goal for these sections is the use of knowledge of medical science to describe basic concepts relating to the structure and function of the human body in normal and diseased states, and thus, provide a foundation for comprehending the disease-specific content required to achieve the case-based objectives in subsequent organ systems.

Organ Systems

  • GI/Liver
  • Reproduction
  • Neurosciences
  • Cardiovascular
  • Renal
  • Respiratory
  • Skin
  • Musculoskeletal
  • Hematology/Immunology
  • Endocrine
  • Infectious Diseases

Integrated Case Study

This section completes the second year of the Year I-II continuum and with its emphasis on patient-centered problems, integrates the basic and clinical science presented in the preceding organ systems. Students explore the multi-organ effects of disease processes and reinforce diagnostic reasoning skills. In addition, concepts of pathophysiology, and evaluation and management that can be applied to any organ system are included. This section also reinforces the appropriate use of medical information resources, effective self-directed learning skills and interpersonal and group communication skills.

Separate review sessions of the important basic science and clinical concepts covered during the previous two years also occur during this seven-week section. These sessions assist students in preparing to take the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1 examination.

Gross Anatomy

Human anatomy is taught by cadaver dissection, which remains a unique teaching tool that enhances the students’ learning of the three dimensional organization of the human body. Clinical anatomy is emphasized through case studies, clinical procedures, disease manifestations, correlations with common traumas, radiology, and surgical highlights.

Introduction to Clinical Medicine

Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM) is an interdisciplinary course extending over the first two years of medical school that is designed to emphasize patient-centered medical care.  Through a focus on the unified concept of disease, the student will gain an understanding of himself/herself as a developing physician in relation to the patient.  Our mission is to develop students who consider the patient as an integrated whole and who acquire competence in the basic clinical skills of medical interviewing and physical exam.

Professionalism and the Practice of Medicine

Professionalism and the Practice of Medicine (PPM) is designed to create a community and a social context that provides, identifies and facilitates learning for students with professional role models as well as helps students gain skills and competence in the areas of communication, social and community contexts of health care, ethical judgment, self-awareness and reflection, self-care and personal growth, professionalism, cultural competence, and lifelong learning.