Human Blueprint & Architecture (HBA)
Course Directors: (subject to change)
Course Description: HBA is an introductory 6 week block that aims to provide foundational knowledge for the medical curriculum. This will be students’ first exposure to the breadth of learning modalities utilized in Curriculum 2.0. Refer to the “Learning Modalities” tab of the Paddle for more advice on how to succeed in each one. The course covers the basics of biology and medicine at the tissue, cellular, and molecular levels. Introductory principles of anatomy and pharmacology are also introduced in this course. Much of the material (i.e. biochemistry, biology, genetics) will be familiar for students with an undergraduate background in biology. However, the course is taught at a pace that is accessible for students without science backgrounds as well. Quizzes and essays are administered each week in order to assess the material covered in the previous week.
- Case Based Learning (CBL)
- Team Based Learning (TBL)
- Gross Anatomy Lab
- Tissue Biology Lab (Histology Lab)
- Pathology Lab (with Organ Recitals)
How to Succeed
- The key to medical school is staying on top of the material. This first block is the chance to form the study habits you’ll need to succeed in the rest of medical school. Try to review lectures in a timely manner, and you’ll thank yourself when it comes time for the block exam.
- Having a collaborative atmosphere with your peers is a helpful way to make medical school more enjoyable- actively contribute to a class Google Drive with study guides/review materials to help foster a helpful class atmosphere!
- Don’t stress out! Medical school can be tough at times, but make sure that you maintain a balanced lifestyle. Don’t forget to make time for the activities that you love!
- This first block is widely considered to be the lightest block of the year in terms of rigor, so take some time during these six-weeks to get to know your classmates! There are a lot of free concerts, outdoor movies, etc. that y’all can seek out during the summer. Nashville is happening, and this block will probably be the one with the most free time to explore the city!