First and Second Years
The freshman year begins with a nine-day introduction that includes orientation, informatics and the start of the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course. This initial time is spent getting the students comfortable in the role of medical student and beginning the process of becoming a physician. ICM as the course is known continues throughout the first two years of medical school and includes such topics as Human Sexuality, Interviewing, Physical Diagnosis, Medical Ethics and Medical Economics.
The initial introductory period is followed by a nine-week block on "Structure and Development," which offers a comprehensive overview on the morphological and developmental organization of the body, including the traditional disciplines of anatomy, histology and embryology. Following this, a nine-week block, "Cell and Molecular Biology," presents the fundamentals of biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology and human genetics and correlates them with clinical issues. Functional Systems, which includes the major principles of human physiology and the clinical correlations of these, follows for ten weeks, with six weeks of Neuroscience completing the first year. Neuroscience covers both structural and functional aspects of the nervous system.
The integrated curriculum continues in the second year when sophomore students take three blocks, including Host Defenses and Infectious Diseases (10 weeks) and Pathophysiology and Therapeutics I and II (for a total of 24 weeks). Pathophysiology and Therapeutics, organized by body systems, contains neuroscience and psychiatry, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, reproductive, pulmonary, renal, endocrine, neoplasia, locomotive and hemopoietic sections. The sophomore year is characterized again by two hours of lecture per day, and two hours of small group or laboratory per day. Introduction to Clinical Medicine continues with a primary focus on Physical Diagnosis. Passage of Step I of the United States Medical Licensure Examination is required for proceeding to the clinical years.