1st Year

1st Year Curriculum

The first year of medical school was totally redesigned in 1998. Instead of having discipline based courses competing against each other on a semester basis, such as in college, the basic sciences appropriate to medicine are taught in modular blocks. The academic year consists of 38 weeks. Only four courses will be offered simultaneously at any given time. Listed below are the catalog description of the courses to be completed the first year of medical school:

CCMD 730 Human Function

Integrated approach combining biochemistry, genetics, and physiology of the human body. Includes molecular, sub cellular, and cellular components of the body, organ systems, and whole body functions. Application of basic sciences to human health and disease.

CCMD 701 Problem Based Learning

Problem Based Learning (PBL) is a weekly student-centered small group session during the first year of medical school facilitated by a faculty member. The objectives of PBL are: 1) to learn basic science in a clinical context through the analysis of simulated clinical cases, and 2) to develop skills in basic science understanding; knowledge acquisition; reasoning and problem solving; and communication, teamwork, self and group assessment.

CCMD 712 Public Health

Introduction to causal inference, study design, common statistical tests, interpretation of epidemiological studies (chance, bias, confounding), occupational health, health care systems, administrative aspects of health care, preventive medicine, social influences on health, and international health.

CCMD 745 Physical Diagnosis & Clinical Integration-1

For medical students only. This course will introduce the student to persons with health concerns. Students will begin development of skills of medical communication, data gathering, and physical examination techniques.

NBAN 801 Human Structure

Integrated approach combining human gross anatomy, microanatomy and embryology. Includes human cadaver dissection, microscopic anatomy of cells, tissues and organs with application to human health and disease.

CCMD 746 Physical Diagnosis & Clinical Integration-1

Second-semester PDCI-1 course.

CCMD 775 Neurobiology

CCMD 730 Human Function and NBAN 703 Human Structure. Introduction to basic structure and function of the human nervous system with a focus on clinical application of basic information. The course emphasizes the normal neurobiology (at the cell and systems level) essential to understanding human behavior and to recognizing abnormality seen in clinical practice.

CCMD 788 Selective Experience

The objective of this course is for students to pursue educational activities that will serve as career and professional development opportunities.  This learning experience targets the practice-based learning and improvement competency.