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Course Descriptions

Year 2 Courses

Biology of Disease
(Pathology and Pathophysiology)  COURSE LINK: Biology of Disease (Pathology and Pathophysiology)

Co-Directors: Mark Madison, MD  Thomas Smith, MD  Henri Cuenoud

This yearlong course covers the pathology and pathophysiology of human diseases. Students develop an in-depth understanding of disease by correlating underlying molecular mechanisms with structural, functional and clinical manifestations. The course begins with an introduction to general disease mechanisms at the cellular and tissue levels and then continues with an analysis of specific diseases as they affect various organ systems.

Microbiology COURSE LINK: Microbiology

Course Director: Anthony Poteete, PhD

Medical Microbiology provides a foundation of knowledge of pathogenic microorganisms that is necessary for mastering the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of human infectious diseases. Students are first introduced to the basic biological processes of viruses and bacteria that are required for their viability. Then, the strategies that microbial pathogens employ to successfully infect humans and cause disease are described. Finally, students are introduced to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of specific human infections.

Pharmacology  COURSE LINK: Medical Pharmacology

Course Director: Richard Glew, MD 

The objective of this second-year course is to help students learn pharmacological principles and become familiar with commonly used classes of drugs. Although it is important to learn the language of pharmacology, i.e., drug names and classes, we also emphasize general principles that can often be applied broadly to many therapeutic agents. An understanding of these principles, such as drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion, and the mechanisms by which drugs produce their therapeutic effects will help you to treat the whole patient instead of a particular symptom.

The specific goals of the course are: 1) To learn the actions of important drugs and their effects on major organ systems, and 2) To understand the mechanism(s) of action of the major classes of drugs.

Physician, Patient & Society II COURSE LINK: Medical Pharmacology

Course Director: David Hatem, MD

The Physician, Patient & Society Course Year 2 (PPS II) continues the students' introduction to patient care and the basic sciences in the first and second years, and bridges to the direct patient care in the third year. The goals of the course are to prepare students for patient care by:

  • Refining their interviewing, physical examination, and problem-solving skills leading to the development of problem lists, assessments, and management plans;
  • Building on the students' knowledge of epidemiology, health care delivery, ethics, decision analyses, and multi-cultural issues;
  • Building on communication skills through oral and written presentations of patients and improving one's ability to give constructive feedback.

Furthering their skills of self-directed learning to prepare them for their roles in the clinical years.

Mind, Brain, Behavior II COURSE LINK: Mind, Brain, Behavior II

Co-Directors: Mai-Lan Rogoff, MD   Thomas Smith, MD  Nancy Fontneau, MD

This one semester course is divided into two major sections. The first half of the course introduces the student to the general mechanisms of disease affecting the nervous system from a functional and structural perspective, and then considers the pathophysiology and clinical aspects of specific neurological syndromes and structural disorders with emphasis on clinical-pathological correlation and principles of localization. The second half of the course considers normal and abnormal human behavior from birth to old age, surveys the major psychopathological syndromes and provides an introduction to clinical psychiatry.

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