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Foundations of Medicine and Health

Foundations of Medicine and Health

The first block, Becoming a Doctor, is five weeks in duration, and gives students an understanding of population health and the doctor's role in society. Typically students begin their medical education by studying basic science at the molecular level, and are often not fully aware of the relevance that this knowledge has in their future education as physicians or how it relates to the actual practice of medicine. This curricular block focuses on how physicians can act as advocates for their patients in the health care system; how social and environmental factors impact health; and the importance of population health. Medical students participate in a variety of experiential, longitudinal, learning experiences designed to introduce them to key population health concepts including epidemiology, biostatistics, community assessment, health risk behavior, and social-environmental determinants of health.

The next five blocks in the Foundations of Medicine and Health are comprised of basic science education complemented by clinical immersion experiences, early contact with patients in clinical preceptorships and simulated clinical experiences. Subject matter is integrated across entire biological systems, which permits faculty in the different disciplines to leverage teaching time to convey content and concepts common to their disciplines.

Year I and Year II Blocks

Year 1 (July - May)

Becoming a Doctor
Block 1
(5 Weeks)
Population Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Bioethics, Health Disparities
Field Experiences
Assessment Week
The Human Blueprint
Block 2
(11 Weeks)
Endocrinology, Reproduction, Development, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Cancer Biology
Clinical Immersion Week
Assessment Week
Food to Fuel
Block 3
(11 Weeks)
Gastrointestinal, Nutrition, Biochemistry
Clinical Immersion Week
Assessment Week
Homeostasis
Block 4
(14 Weeks)
Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, Renal, Cell Physiology, and Pharmacology
Clinical Immersion Week
Assessment Week
Structure (Anatomy, Radiology, and Histopathology)
Foundations of Clinical Medicine (Tuesday Seminars, Communications, Physical Diagnosis, Patient Based Experiences)

Year 2 (August - March)

Summer Break

(10 Weeks)
Host Defense & Host Response
Block 5
(14 Weeks)
Immunology, Microbiology, Hematology, Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Rheumatology, Dermatology
Clinical Immersion Week
Assessment Week
Cognition, Sensation & Movement
Block 6
(14 Weeks)
Neurology, Mind, Musculoskeletal
Clinical Immersion Week
Assessment Week
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Structure (Anatomy, Radiology, & Histopathology)
Foundations of Clinical Medicine(Tuesday Seminars, Communications, Physical Diagnosis, Patient Based Experiences)

 

Content is divided into the following blocks:

  • The Human Blueprint (Block 2) - endocrine and reproductive systems, development, genetics, molecular biology, and cancer biology
  • Food to Fuel (Block 3) - gastrointestinal physiology/pathophysiology, nutrition, energy metabolism and biochemistry
  • Homeostasis (Block 4) - cell physiology, principles of pharmacology, cardiovascular, pulmonary, and renal physiology/pathophysiology
  • Host Defense and Host Response (Block 5) - microbiology, hematology/oncology, skin, and auto-immune system
  • Cognition, Sensation and Movement (Block 6) - neurosciences, mind, and the musculoskeletal system

Several concepts and themes stretch longitudinally across these blocks, including Structure (block 7-anatomy, histopathology and radiology) as well as clinical mastery. Teamwork, interprofessional collaboration and bioethics are likewise incorporated longitudinally.

Blocks 2-6 follow a common pattern. Each block has a Clinical Immersion Week during which students leave the classroom and enter the clinical setting to see the relevance of the basic science they have been studying as the concepts are used in the patient care setting. The blocks all culminate with a dedicated assessment week during which time students and faculty have opportunities to integrate and assess learning.

Foundations of Clinical Medicine (Block 8): This segment of the clinical curriculum runs longitudinally through the Foundations of Medicine and Health and seeks to develop a broad range of clinical and professional capabilities.

Typical Week in the Foundations of Medicine and Health


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Tuesday



Wednesday



Thursday



Friday


8-10AM Case Inquiry

IQ
Foundations of Clinical Medicine Seminar

Case Inquiry

IQ
Self-Directed Learning

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Case Inquiry

IQ

10AM-12PM Lectures/ Medium Groups/TBL

Structure Anatomy
Histopathology
Radiology
Lectures/ Medium Groups/TBL




Lectures/ Medium Groups/TBL

12-1PM     Research and Scholarship Seminar




 
1-5PM Clinical Skills and Preceptorship


Self-Directed Learning


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