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Medical School Curriculum

The Essentials Core Curriculum comprises the first 18 months of medical education. It is separated into two phases, each consisting of a series of interdisciplinary blocks that present basic science in a clinical context co-directed by basic science and clinical faculty. The aim of the Essentials Core is to provide the scientific foundation for the student's further medical education and to begin to equip each student for a lifetime of learning, research and/or clinical care and community service.

The Clinical Core Curriculum fully immerses students in the culture of medicine and direct patient care. Phase III is comprised of six interdepartmental Clerkship Blocks providing intensive clinical experiences in hospital, ambulatory clinic, emergency and operating rooms, community, rural, and urban environments. Clinical skills and reasoning, basic science material and Thread concepts are reinforced and applied. Phase IV is Advanced Studies, which includes a sub-internship, residency preparation, coursework and a scholarly project integrating advanced basic science and clinical skills.

Following is a synopsis of the involvement of CDB Faculty in these courses:

Essentials Core - Phase I

IDPT 5001 Human Body (mid-August to Mid-October)

The human body block is organized into three units covering the major regions (back and extremities, trunk, and head and neck) of the body. The block contact hours are split between lectures and small group sessions including the dissection laboratory. The block content includes gross anatomy, introductory embryology, an overview of anatomic pathology, clinical cases, radiological imaging and physical exam of the back, extremities, thorax, abdomen, and head and neck. In the dissection lab students use the computer-based VH Dissector and Cadaver Dissection Guide, a comprehensive, interactive, learner-centric laboratory manual for gross anatomy. Faculty of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology staff the basic science sessions including 60 lecture hours and 569 total lab (faculty) contact hours.

IDPT 5002 Molecules to Medicine (mid-October to mid-December)

Molecules to Medicine is an integrated approach to cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology and human genetics presented in a context that emphasizes clinical issues.

IDPT 5003 Blood and Lymph (January to mid-March)

Blood and Lymph covers the basic clinical concepts underlying immunology, hematology, rheumatology, and malignancies of the blood. Histology, genetics, biochemistry, and ethical issues are integrated into the course concepts.

IDPT 5005 Cardiovascular/Pulmonary/Renal

The course is an interdisciplinary approach to the cardiovascular, pulmonary, and renal systems, including anatomy, histology, physiology, pathophysiology, pathology, pharmacology, and development. Emphasis is on how the major organs work together to regulate blood pressure and fluid, electrolyte, and acid-base balance.

Essentials Core - Phase II

IDPT 6001 Nervous System

The course covers the gross and microscopic anatomy of the nervous system, basic neurobiology and neurophysiology, pharmacology, neuropathology, and basic neurologic and psychiatric examination skills. Emphasis is on the relationship between basic process and functional systems to clinical phenomena and behavior.

IDPT 6002 Digestive/Endocrine/Metabolism

This interdisciplinary course integrates clinical and basic science topics related to the normal function and diseases of the gastrointestinal and endocrine systems. The biochemistry and physiology of nutrient metabolism in health and disease will also be covered.

Clinical Core - Phase III

IDPT 7004 Integrated Clinician’s Course (April/2 weeks, Phase 3)

IDPT 7004 is a required Phase III course that provides advanced clinical, translational basic science and threads that are vital to doctoring but underrepresented in the clinical blocks.

    Advanced Studies - Phase IV

    IDPT 8005  Integrated Clinician’s Course (Feb-March/2 weeks, Phase 4)

    IDPT 8005 is a required Phase IV course that provides learning opportunities in advanced clinical skills/content, translational basic science and threads.  Material is presented in didactic sessions, small groups and independent learning with content developed for different career paths.