Medical Education

The Department offers the following courses in the 2014-2015 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.

CAOL-1121. Case-Oriented Learning I (2 credit hours)
Required of all first-semester generalist track freshman students. Students are introduced to clinical problem solving through problem based learning and facilitated small group discussions. While a major focus of Case-Oriented Learning is to integrate information learned from other basic science courses, issues such as the impact of illness on patients and families, the roles of physicians, and the dynamics of the doctor-patient relationship are also explored.

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. Material is presented in an integrated sequence for cell biology, basic tissue histology, organ histology, and endocrine/reproductive system histology. 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 with lecture, lab, and demonstrations. Topics for this course are closely aligned with those in the physiology course and include some integration sessions related to specific disease process.

HGEN-1311. Genetics (3 credit hours)
Required of all first-year medical students. An interdisciplinary assessment of gene structure and function utilizing 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 optional student paper.

IMUN-2311. Immunology (2 credit hours)
Required of all second-year medical students. Introduction to the cellular and molecular basis of the innate and adaptive immune responses, including immune specificity, induction, and regulation of humoral and cell-mediated responses. The role of immune responses in allergy, organ rejection, microbial infection, autoimmunity and immunodeficiency is emphasized (lecture, clinical case presentations and group discussions).

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).

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 conferences will be used to illustrate normal and abnormal mechanisms of neural function and structure (lecture, lab).

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.

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).

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.