Medical Education

The Department offers the following courses in the 2013 catalog:

ANTY-1314. Medical Human Gross Anatomy and Embryology (11 credit hours)

Required of all first-year medical students, this offering deals with the structure of the human body and relates this structure to function. The course presents a three-dimensional analysis of the human body and includes several clinical experiences and a correlated study of radiological anatomy. (lecture, lab)

BCHM-1315. Cellular and Molecular Medicine (11 credit hours)

Required of all first-year medical students. This course is an introduction to basic biochemical concepts and principles and includes a description of the structure, function and metabolism of the molecules of life. Clinical presentations on diseases involving biochemical abnormalities serve to enrich the lecture material. An undergraduate course in biochemistry is strongly recommended as a preparation for this course.

CBIO-1312. Cell and Tissue Biology (7 credit hours)

Required of all first-year medical students. The structure-function relationships of human cells, tissues, and organ systems are described with an emphasis on the modern cell biological, biochemical and ultrastructural methods used to understand these close relationships. The material is presented in an integrated sequence of cell biology, basic tissue histology, organology, and endocrinology-reproductive systems. The unique modifications of the cell membrane, the cytoskeleton, the various subcellular organelles, and the characteristic molecular content of these structures as they relate to specialized tissue functions are noted throughout the course. (lecture, lab, and demonstrations) For the sake of continuity, the topics for this course are closely aligned with those in the physiology course and include some integration sessions related to specific disease process.

MCRO-2311. Medical Microbiology (11 credit hours)

Required of all second-year medical students, this course examines the structure, genetics, metabolism, and physiology of microbial organisms through both lecture and lab. Additional topics of study include antibiotic action and resistance, immunological responses, and the principles of infectious disease as they relate to the major groups of microorganisms including bacteria, parasites (unicellular and multicellular), fungi (yeasts and molds), and viruses (including prions).

IMUN-2311. Immunology (2 credit hours)

Required of all second-year medical students. Introduction to the cellular and molecular bases of the immune responses, including the molecular basis of specificity, the molecular basis for induction of immune responses, the cellular distinctions between humoral and cell-mediated immunity, and the contribution of each of these to the immunology of allergy, organ transplantation, microbial infection and to autoimmune and immunodeficiency diseases (lecture).

PHRM-2312. Medical Pharmacology (8 credit hours)

Required of all second-year medical students. This course provides instruction in drugs commonly used in medical practice including their classifications, mechanisms of actions, pharmacokinetic properties, therapeutic usages, common adverse effects, and contraindications. In addition, pharmacogenetics, drug interactions, and certain aspects of toxins and poisions encountered in medical practice are discussed through lectures, computer and human patient simulation, clinical conferences, videotapes, small group discussions, and optional web-based instruction.

NEUR-2321.  Clinical Neuroscience (6 credit hours)

Required of all second-year medical students.  An extensive analysis of the morphological, physiological, and behavioral aspects of the human nervous system.  Clinical conference will be used to illustrate normal and abnormal mechanisms of neural function and structure (lecture,lab).

PHSY-1312. Medical Physiology (10 credit hours)

Required of all first-year medical students. Systematic study of the function of human organ systems emphasizing regulatory and compensatory mechanisms (lecture, case conferences and problem solving sessions).

CAOL-1121.  Case Oriented Learning  (2 credit hours), CAOL-1122.  Case Oriented Learning II (3 credit hours)

Spans both semesters of the first year, introduces medical students to clinical problem solving through interactive and self-directed learning.  The COL course uses problem-based learning and small group discussions to encourage intellectual curiosity and to facilitate approaches to problem solving that are essential for the practice of medicine.  During the course students gain confidence and experience developing the habit of self-directed, life-long learning that is necessary to be a successful physician.  In addition to providing opportunities to apply and integrate information from basic science courses, the COL course allows for reflective thinking on medicial, scientific, psychosocial, and ethical issues surrounding specific clinical cases.

HDEN-1311.  Genetics (3 credit hours)

Required of all first-year medical students.  An interdisciplinary assessment of gene structure and function utilizing current emphases and concepts that are common to the disciplines of Developmental Biology, Biochemistry and Medical Genetics and provide a scientific basis for understanding the genetic basis for disease.  The course will consist of lectures, clinical conferences and student presentations.

ANTY-8900, BCHM-8900, MCRO-8900, PHRM-8900, PHSY-8900. Special Studies (0-20 credit hours variable)

Course(s) available to enrolled medical students that may be assigned only with the approval of the dean or the executive associate dean of the college. Course(s) may be used to allow enrolled students to pursue special interests or projects within the department or to accommodate special situations that may arise.