In the Human Anatomy course, the structure of body mechanisms is studied primarily in the dissecting laboratory, supplemented with lectures, correlation conferences, clinical demonstrations and audiovisual aids. Radiological imaging, surface anatomy and physical examination skills are also taught.
Introduction to Case-Based Learning & Human Disease
The goal of the course is to make the student conversant in the language of medicine and to provide a conceptual and experiential framework for the student’s education and future training. Additional expected benefits of the approach include facilitation of integration of the basic science curriculum, smoother transition from basic science to clinical clerkships, and promoting active, self-structured learning.
The essence of the course is the reading of a series of cases and articles from the medical literature. The cases are to be read with the overall objective “to understand and be able to explain what happens and what is discussed.”
Other readings will be assigned to highlight or deepen understanding of aspects of basic science suggested by the case or to further highlight the differential diagnosis process.
A prominent focus will be a series of readings and discussions introducing the biology of disease, highlighting topics such as cell injury, inflammation, wound healing, infection, immunity and neoplasia. General Pathology is the first half of a two-year sequence in the basic science curriculum. Systemic Pathology is part of the MS2 curriculum and together they comprise the basis of Rubin's Pathology and Robbins& Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease nationally recognized texts.
The Mammalian Physiology course consists of lectures and demonstrations covering the homeostatic functioning and neurohumoral control of the cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, gastrointestinal and endocrine systems, along with examples of pathophysiological malfunction in certain disease.
Microbiology / Immunology 101 provides an introduction to microbes and the nature of the immune response that protects us from them. Attention is paid to mechanisms of action of anti-microbial drugs and the way that microbes can become resistant. The nature of bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi are presented with examples of each. The course prepares students for the later study of the organisms that cause infectious diseases.
In the Microscopic Anatomy course, development, structure, and functions of the primary tissues and organ systems are examined. Various organ systems are analyzed for structural arrangements; correlation of form and function are emphasized at both the light microscope and ultrastructural levels through lecture and laboratory.
Molecular & Cellular Principles of Medicine
Molecular and Cellular Principles of Medicine (MCP) is one of the first courses offered for first year medical students. This course encompasses a broad range of topics including biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, molecular biology and nutrition, and lays necessary groundwork for the understanding of modern medicine. In the first two months of the academic year, fundamental principles are presented, providing a foundation on which many other subjects in medical school will be based. The remainder of the course runs from January through April and covers topics that integrate with the clinical systems covered by the other first year courses taught during that time. Throughout the MCP course, students will build on the information learned in earlier sessions and learn how the information applies to clinical medicine. The majority of material in MCP will be presented in standard lectures; however, we also have small group sessions that emphasize active learning through discussion of clinical cases and diseases. In the Clinical Problems sessions, students apply the basic science learned in lecture to real life medical scenarios gaining experience in problem solving and quantitative reasoning. In Conferences, students read in depth on the molecular, cellular, and genetic aspects of specific diseases and then present their findings for discussion in a small group setting, gaining experience in reading the literature and preparing a presentation in a professional, critical and clear manner.
The basic principles of anatomy and physiology of the nervous system are taught through lecture, laboratory, clinical conferences, and demonstrations.
Practice of Medicine I
The Practice of Medicine course, spanning the first year of medical school, provides students with the skills, analytic tools, and ethical context to integrate basic and clinical scientific knowledge in a biopsychosocial model of healthcare. Through large group presentations and small group discussions and practice, the course provides instruction on medical interviewing; physical examination; preventive medicine; and ethical, legal and social issues in medicine.
Ambrish Patel, Class of 2011, Carteret, NJ
"First year was tough, a little harder than I expected. The faculty here are understanding and they know we are overwhelmed with material. They try their best to accommodate us.
"Second year, it's like, 'Wow, I'm in med school!' There's more material to learn, but with the passing of each unit, you're that much closer to your clinical years.
"I've talked with friends at other med schools, and it's the same all over for second-years. A lot of work, but there's light at the end of the tunnel."