Skip to main content

Course Descriptions

Basic Sciences Blocks

Human Blueprint & Architecture

This course is designed to familiarize students with the structures, biomolecules, and processes
that constitute life, human health, and disease at the molecular, cellular, and tissue level. Course materials will provide a mechanistic foundation for the medical curriculum that will help equip students with skills necessary to adapt to the practice of medicine in the future. Human Blueprint and Architecture will employ a coordinated and integrated approach to teaching underlying principles of biochemistry, cell and tissue biology, genetics, and pathology with an emphasis on medical conditions. Students also will be introduced to basic principles of anatomy and pharmacology in order to lay foundations for studies on organ systems and disease treatment. In order to provide a broad range of materials and relate molecular and cellular processes to the study of human disease, the course will utilize multiple learning modalities, including large group sessions, case-based learning (CBL) sessions, team-based learning (TBL) sessions, laboratory sessions, and interactive patient-oriented clinical case presentations.

Microbes & Immunity

This course familiarizes students with the etiology, risk factors, epidemiology, diagnosis, pathogenesis, clinical characteristics, prevention and treatment of common microbial and immune diseases. The course content includes a discussion of the soluble factors and cells that make up the immune system and how these different components contribute to health and disease in a variety of situations. It also provides an overview of the pathogenic bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa and parasites. Finally, the course includes several topics that prepare students for the Homeostasis class of the Foundations in
Medical Knowledge Phase. The course consists of lectures, case-based small group discussions, case-based intermediate size group discussions, laboratory sessions, and optional problem and review sessions.

Homeostasis

This course is designed to teach students the normal anatomic, molecular, biochemical, and physiologic features of the cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal and blood systems. Course content will
provide a framework for an understanding of the pathology and pathophysiology of diseases that affect these homeostatic systems as well as their diagnosis (laboratory and imaging), and therapy (pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic). A multidisciplinary approach will allow integration of pathobiology, clinical manifestations, and therapy in a comprehensive manner. The course will utilize a variety of teaching modalities that include case-based learning, team-based learning, lectures, laboratory sessions focused on the gross and microscopic anatomy and pathology, and technology-based modalities and simulations. Learning will be in the context of clinical medicine in order to prepare students for the next phase of their education in the clinical setting.

Endocrine, Digestion, & Reproduction

This course is designed to familiarize students with the normal anatomic, molecular, biochemical, and physiologic features of the endocrine, digestive and reproductive systems. Course content will provide a framework for an understanding of the pathology and pathophysiology of diseases that affect these systems as well as their diagnosis (laboratory and imaging) and therapy (pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic). The role of nutrition in normal homeostasis as well as disease will be included. Pregnancy from implantation to delivery as well as its complications will also be learned. A multidisciplinary approach will allow integration of pathobiology, clinical manifestations, and therapy in a comprehensive manner. The course will utilize a variety of teaching modalities that include case-based learning, team-based learning, patient interviews, lectures, laboratory sessions focused on the gross and microscopic anatomy and pathology, and technology-based modalities and simulations. Clinical context will be emphasized in order to prepare students for the next phase of their education in the clinical setting.

Brain, Behavior, & Movement

The Brain, Behavior, and Movement module provides an overview of contemporary neuroscience
and introduction to neuropsychiatric disorders. The format of the module includes lectures, lab exercises, small group discussions, and case presentations and discussions. In conjunction with Physical Diagnosis, skills training includes the psychiatric interview and neurological exam. The module emphasizes a basic understanding of the anatomy, physiology, and pharmacology of the central and peripheral nervous systems and the pathophysiological underpinnings of neuropsychiatric disorders. The course provides the foundations of Neurology and Psychiatry.

 

Weekly Schedule Example

FMK Weekly Example Schedule