Course Director: John Cooke, PhD
The faculty members bring their expertise into the classroom as teachers of gross anatomy, neuroanatomy, histology, cell biology and human genetics, including molecular, cellular, developmental and genetic concepts. They provide students with the opportunity to directly observe the normal structure of the human body at the gross and untrastructural levels and relate it to function. Faculty members introduce first-year students to clinical problem solving in which students use their understanding of cell, tissue and organ structure-function relationships to begin interpreting the signs, symptoms and course of selected human diseases and injuries.
Course Director: John Cooke, PhD
Block leaders: Roger Craig, PhD, Krista Johnansen, MD, John Cooke, PhD, Harvey Florman, PhD
The course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the structural organization of cells, tissues and organ systems at the microscopic level. It emphasizes the dynamic relationships between structure and function. Students directly observe micro-anatomical structure in the laboratory, and begin using their knowledge of normal structure and function in clinical problem solving. An important goal of the Histology/Cell Biology course is to help students acquire the knowledge and skills that they will need for their subsequent study of pathophysiology.
Course Director: Julie Jonassen, PhD
Physiology is broadly defined as the functional mechanisms that underlie life. The faculty members draw upon their rich research expertise to relate the molecular and cellular underpinnings of human organ and whole body functions to first-year medical students. By means of lectures and small group problem-solving sessions, the normal functions and integrative nature of the human body are explored. This exploration is used as an introduction to clinical problem solving as students begin to acquire the skills of interpreting the signs, symptoms and course of the dysfunction characteristic of human disease.
Course Director: Susan Billings-Gagliardi, PhD
Mind, Brain and Behavior 1 is first course in a longitudinal neuroscience curriculum. The goal of this first-year component is to help students understand the known relationships between (1) the structure and function of the nervous system and (2) the various behaviors that it generates (reflex, cognitive, and emotional). The emphasis is on knowledge and skills that have current or anticipated clinical utility. Topics include the organization of major CNS motor and sensory systems as well as systems serving emotion, memory, and intellect, principles underlying structure-function relationships at both the cellular and system level, and functional/clinical consequences of damage or disconnection in these systems. Students apply their knowledge to solve clinical problems in which the primary task is to localize the lesion. Information about stroke and its prevention is interwoven with basic neuroscience.
Course Dirctor: William Royer, PhD
The first-year Medical Biochemistry course is designed to incorporate the fundamental aspects of biochemistry in a series of lectures, a website, clinical correlations, medical vignettes, problem-solving sessions and problem-based cases. It is the product of intensive efforts by the faculty to provide an integrative and coordinated presentation of the subject matter in biochemistry. The objective of the course is to promote student's expertise in being able to understand chemical and cellular mechanisms underlying normal and disease processes. In order to achieve these goals a large body of factual material must be presented and learned as a framework for understanding problems in human health. The modes of problem solving used for investigation of the molecular basis of disease states are emphasized whenever possible.
Course Director: David Hatem, MD
The Physician, Patient and Society Course in Year 1 (PPS I) allows students the opportunity to begin to:
Course Director: Jeanne Lawrence, PhD
The goal of this course is to introduce you to basic concepts on a molecular, cytogenetic, and clinical level.
Course Coordinator: Anthony Poteete, PhD
One of four blocks which constitute the Microbiology course, Bacteriology is presented in the first year; the other three-Virology, Pathogenic Organisms, and Infectious Disease-are presented in the second year (see the Microbiology description). Bacteriology acquaints students with the basic biology of bacteria, with particular emphasis on cellular processes and structures which are (1) determinants of pathogenicity, (2) characteristics used for detection and identification, or (3) targets of antimicrobial chemotherapy. Laboratory exercises introduce students to standard microbiological techniques, and provide direct illustrations of key principles.
Course Director: Leslie Soyka, MD
The nutrition course emphasizes the importance of nutritional assessment and counseling throughout the lifespan as a key feature of medical care. The course is divided into two blocks, a core series of lectures and case discussions in the fall semester and a series of topics, which are integrated into the subject matter of the physiology course in the spring. The goals of the course are to enable the student to recognize the core principles of biochemistry and physiology, which are essential to nutrition, and to introduce the student to nutritional assessment and counseling, common nutritional issues such as obesity, and special nutritional needs at various stages of life.