Second Year Curriculum

The second year of the curriculum continues with an integrated and interdisciplinary approach organized around organ systems.  This provides an opportunity for students to build upon knowledge and skills learned during the first year as well as incorporate more specific material from pathology, pathophysiology, microbiology, pharmacology, and human genetics.  In addition to problem-based sessions, educational forums include lectures, basic laboratories, small-group discussion sessions, and experience in our fully automated human simulation laboratory.

Throughout the second year, students will complete Foundations of Clinical Medicine II, which includes more advanced physical exam skills in a clinical setting.  Individual courses include Hematology, Cardiology, Pulmonary Medicine, Renal Medicine, Gastroenterology, Neural & Behavioral Science, Musculoskeletal & Dermatology, Reproductive Medicine, and Endocrinology.

Concurrent to the fall semester of year 2 are courses including Evidence-Based Medicine II (EBM 723) and Medical Ethics and Professionalism (MEP).  Evidence-Based Medicine I & II (EBM 713 and EMB 723) are fundamental courses about applying the basic principles of clinical epidemiology/biostatistics to clinical medicine.  Physicians need to be knowledgeable consumers of medical literature/information to be able to judge the validity of scientific evidence and to apply it to patient care.  Medical Ethics and Professionalism (MEP) introduces students to a variety of ethical problems that arise in the practice of medicine and help them prepare to critically reflect and effectively deal with ethical issues in a professional manner.

The spring semester of year 2 includes Behavioral Influences on Health (BIH 722) which emphasizes mind-body interactions, health of the physician, and physician-patient partnerships.

All courses in the first and second years require demonstration of mastery of the material.  Evaluations include examinations, oral presentations, written papers, group facilitator assessment, objective structured clinical exams, or other methods at the discretion of the faculty.