MSII Courses

Behavioral Science

Course #: MBSC202
Course Credit: 1
Director: Thomas Schwartz, MD
Coordinator: Kathryn Stuenzi

This course on behavioral science has two purposes: to introduce you to psychosocial aspects of medical practice and to offer you an overview of clinical psychiatry.

Psychiatry has as its allied disciplines sociology and psychology. Behavioral science includes behavioral biology, including biochemical, physiological and pharmacological correlates of behavior; individual behavior including emotions, life cycle, motivation, personality and its psychopathology; and interpersonal and social behavior.

Most lecturers are clinicians. It is, therefore, to be expected that the material covered in this course will be clinically relevant.

Medical Literature Curriculum (MLC-II)

This required course runs throughout the second year (along with basic science courses concerned primarily with mechanisms of disease and therapeutics). The Medical Literature Curriculum course consists of a mixture of readings including case reports, supplemental commentaries (editorials and topic reviews) and some primary research reports. The case readings represent a continuation of the modeling of clinical problem solving done in the first year course but are selected to represent increasingly complex derangements of organ system function and a major focus is on the underlying pathophysiologic mechanisms. The supplemental readings are intermixed to promote the idea that students look to the current literature for new insights into difficult areas in medicine. The articles selected represent current hypotheses and recent findings related to important and unresolved areas of disease mechanisms and management.

Microbiology/Immunology 201

Course #: MI201
Course Credit: 8
Director: E.J. Shillitoe, PhD
Coordinator: C. Montalto

Microbiology / Immunology 201 is the study of the bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites that cause human diseases.   Attention is paid to the microbial etiology of sexually-transmitted diseases, infections of the blood, respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts, the central nervous system, the urinary tract and the heart and lungs.  The course prepares students to take the Step 1 examination of the USMLE.


The Pathology course is a combined course of general, anatomical and clinical pathology, with emphasis on basic vocabulary and skills, general principles and analysis of problems of disease. Students develop familiarity with etiology, pathogenesis, evolution and manifestations of disease, laboratory methods in diagnosis and approaches to solving clinical problems. Lectures and clinical presentations.


Course #: MPHM201-001 Medical Pharmacology
Course Credit: 7
Director: Steven Grassl, PhD & Joseph Stein, PhD
Coordinator: Francine Fischer
Location: Room 3101 Weiskotten Hall
Phone: 315-464-7962

This course emphasizes the basic principles of drug action as related to modern therapeutics.  The course is organized in six units based upon organ systems and aligned with similar subject matter taught in other second year courses in the medical student curriculum.  Each unit includes relevant lectures, an online problem solving session, and a clinical case presentation.  The role of the faculty is to support students in learning pharmacology and in gaining a foundation upon which to build a rational approach to the use of drugs in clinical practice. 

Practice of Medicine II

Students will continue to further master medical interviewing, physical examination and medical communication skills. Further, students will explore how to synthesize data gathering information into a plausible explanation of the patient's health status. Students will also learn patterns of disease and syndromes. Preventive Medicine is a component of this.

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Ambrish Patel, Class of 2011, Carteret, NJ

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."