Course Descriptions for 1st Year

Fall Semester

BMS 6003 Genetics and Health (4 credits)

This course surveys basic and modern concepts in human genetics, with an emphasis on medically-relevant material to prepare students to understand the genetic contributions of conditions that they will be diagnosing and treating in the future.

BMS 6810 Introduction to Clinical Medicine 1A (8 credits)

ICM 1 is part of an 18 month preclinical curriculum designed to prepare students for clinical rotations that begin in the spring of the second year of medical school.  ICM 1 is offered in the fall of the first year of medical school and prepares students for a two week preceptorship with a primary care clinician in December.

BMS 6092 Discovery, Research and Health (1 credits)

This course provides an orientation to foundational concepts and methodological considerations in health outcomes research.  Topics include health outcomes measurement and evaluation, evidence-based medicine, systematic reviews, observational studies and quasi-experimental designs, effectiveness research, and translational research methods.  Special attention will be paid to ethics in research.

BMS 6031 Foundations of Medicine (6 credits)

The Foundations of Medicine course is organized into four modules that will cover topics in cell and tissue biology and development, mechanisms of homeostasis, injury and host response, and pharmacotherapeutics.

BMS 6751 Nutrition and Health (1 credit)

This course is designed to provide students with an overview of clinical nutrition in preparation for their clinical experiences and for integration into the systems modules. The focus helps students to consider how nutritional science can be applied to human health.

MDC 6001  Introduction to Clinical Practice (Preceptorship) (Fall 3 credits)

During this course, students are assigned to a physician preceptor who practices primary care medicine. Students spend one week in preparation for the two weeks on location with the physician and have many opportunities to practice their interview and physical examination skills.

Spring/Summer Semester

BMS 6812 Introduction to Clinical Medicine 1B (7 credits)

ICM 1B is part of an 18-month preclinical curriculum designed to prepare students for clinical rotations that begin in the spring of the second year of medical school. ICM 1B is offered in the spring of the first year and builds on ICM1A including inpatient history and physical examination practice.

BMS 6851 Health System Science 1B (3 credits)

Health Systems Science is a longitudinal course spanning all of Phase 1 curriculum. The course is designed to prepare students for the complexities of the health system while also understanding the challenges patients face as they navigate the health system. HSS endeavors to equip students with practical knowledge and tools needed to be responsible and effective physician leaders. The first year HSS courses (HSS 1A and 1B) explore the principles and concepts of HSS.

BMS 6300 Fundamentals of Microbiology and Immunology (4 credits)

This course introduces basic microbiology, infectious diseases, and immunology in preparation for the organ system-based courses that follow. Microbiology topics include basic bacteriology, virology, mycology, parasitology, pathogenesis, and host-pathogen interactions. Immunology builds upon the innate defenses previously covered and includes major histocompatibility, humoral and cell-mediated defenses, autoimmunity, immunosuppression, and transplantation.

BMS 6816 Introduction to Cancer Biology and Clinical Oncology (2 credits)

This course introduces the key concepts in cancer biology and carcinogenesis, nomenclature and staging, ethics and public policy, surgical, radiation and medical oncology, and cancer pharmacology.

BMS 6642  Respiratory System (5 credits)

This course focuses on recognition of pertinent findings in patients that suggest respiratory development of a list of differential diagnoses, utilization of diagnostic testing and understanding the pathophysiology, pathology, epidemiology and therapies of diseases of these systems is covered.

BMS 6633 Cardiovascular System  (5 credits)

This course focuses on recognition of pertinent findings in patients that suggest cardiovascular disease. The development of a list of differential diagnoses, utilization of diagnostic testing and understanding the pathophysiology, pathology, epidemiology and therapies of diseases of these systems is covered.

MDC 6001  Introduction to Clinical Practice (Preceptorship) (Summer 3 credits)

During this course, student have the opportunity to work with a physician preceptor in a specialty of their choice. Students spend one week with the physician and have many opportunities to utilize their interview and physical examination skills as well as begin practicing oral presentations.

BMS 6638C The Kidney and Urinary Tract (4 credits)

This course emphasizes the recognition of the pertinent history and physical examination findings that suggest urinary tract disease. The development of a list of differential diagnoses, utilization of diagnostic testing, understanding the pathophysiology, pathology, etiologies, epidemiology and therapies of diseases of the urinary tract is covered.

MDT 7090 MSRP (2 credits) – Optional

This course allows medical students to build a portfolio of accomplishment and scholarship through a 10-week, mentored research project during the summer.