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First-Year Curriculum

The first year of the pre-clerkship curriculum consists of three blocks — Normal Human Structure and Function; Mind and Brain; and the Molecular Basis of Medicine — and a clinical thread that runs throughout the entire year.

Normal Human Structure and Function

This block covers:

  • Gross Anatomy
  • Embryology
  • Histology
  • Physiology

It is organized into modules on Basic Biological Principles, Cardiovascular, Blood, Gastrointestinal, Endocrine, Reproductive and Urogenital Systems, Pulmonary, Renal, Acid-Base, and Special Senses.

Mind and Brain

This block covers:

  • Neuroscience
  • Neuroanatomy
  • Behavioral Science
  • Ethics
  • Head and Neck Anatomy

Molecular Basis of Medicine

This block includes:

  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology
  • Medical Genetics
  • Cancer

Clinical Thread

The clinical thread is comprised of the Clinical Foundations I (including Epidemiology and Biostatistics) and the Patient-Centered Clinical Education 1.  

Throughout the Clinical Foundations I course, students will use point-of-care ultrasound, the Simulation Center and our Clinical Skills Center to reinforce basic science concepts and build their clinical acumen.

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