MSI Courses (AY 2018-2019)

Molecules, Cells, Microbes (MCM)  (Units 1-2)

Course #: MMCM102
Course Credit: 8

Directors:

Rebecca Greenblatt, PhD Margaret Maimone, PhD Diana Gilligan
Rebecca Greenblatt, PhD
(Microbiology/Immunology)
Margaret Maimone, PhD
(Cell and Developmental
Biology)
Diana Gilligan, MD, PhD
(Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology)

Administrator:

Sandra Jarvis
Sandra Jarvis

 

This 8-week course, spanning Units 1 and 2, presents foundational material in the subject areas of Bacteriology, Virology, Parasitology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Microscopic Anatomy, Biochemistry, Genetics, Developmental Biology and Immunology. This material will be enhanced by frequent illustration of patient care applications in lectures, clinically-oriented small group sessions, and microscopic anatomy laboratories. The primary purpose of this course is to prepare students for systems-based coursework which begins in Unit 3 of MS1 and extends through the end of the MS2 year.

Musculoskeletal  (Unit 3)

Course #: MMSK101
Course Credit: 5

Directors:

Jim Greenwald, MD Jennette Ball
Jim Greenwald, MD
(Family Medicine)
Jennette Ball, DC
(Cell and Developmental Biology)


Administrator:

Julie Ritchie
Julie Ritchie

 

Students will learn the clinical implications and physiology of normal and microscopic anatomy of the musculoskeletal system, including muscles, bones, neurovascular supply, and joint structures. Students will learn the normal gross and microscopic anatomy of the skin including surface anatomy and an introduction to cadaver dissection. The basic physiological processes involved in maintaining homeostasis are examined throughout this course. During this Unit, students will be given multiple clinical cases to enhance their learning. Learning will be enriched by case-based sessions, radiologic demonstrations, hands on lab work, and clinically oriented small groups.

Nervous System I (Unit 4)

Course #: MNSY101
Course Credit: 6

Directors:

Dana Mihaila, MD, PhD James Megna, MD, PhD Mary Lou Vallano, PhD
Dana Mihaila, MD, PhD
(Cell and Developmental
Biology)
James Megna, MD, PhD
(Psychiatry)
Mary Lou Vallano, PhD
(Neuroscience and
Physiology)

 

Administrators:

Julie Ritchie Wendi Burnette
Julie Ritchie Wendi Burnette

 

 

 

 

This Unit will provide students with current scientific knowledge of human nervous system structure and function. Students will also begin to develop an understanding of abnormalities in nervous system structure/function and disease states. Instruction will include primary exposure to, and appreciation of, how nervous system pathology manifests in abnormal clinical and laboratory findings.

Cardiovascular, Respiratory I  (Unit 5)

Course #: MCVR101
Course Credit: 5

Directors:

Gary Johnson, MD Robert Zajdel, PhD
Gary Johnson, MD
(Emergency Medicine)
Robert Zajdel, PhD
(Cell and Developmental Biology)


Administrator:

Julie Ritchie
Julie Ritchie

 

This Unit will emphasize medical knowledge as it applies to cardiovascular and respiratory disease. Learning objectives include anatomic structure and physiologic function of the heart, lungs, airways and blood vessels. These structures will be studied in the neck and thorax with continuity of the circulatory, nervous, and major structures between the regions. Radiographic imaging and clinical testing modalities such as electrocardiograms (EKGs) will be presented to support integration and application of clinical content. Large lectures, small group studies, and case-based sessions will reinforce Unit learning objectives and engage the student for development of life-long learning skills.

Urinary, Respiratory II  (Unit 6)

Course #: MURR101
Course Credit: 4

Directors:

Steve Grassl, PhD Beth Nicholas, MD
Steve Grassl, PhD
(Pharmacology)
Beth Nicholas, MD
(Emergency Medicine)

 

Administrator:

Francine Fischer
Francine Fischer

 

After the completion of this Unit, students will be able to describe the micro and macro function of the urinary system as well as the upper airway respiratory system. Student will demonstrate a strong understanding of the mechanisms of renal physiology, and respiratory physiology in preparation for year 2 when pharmacology and pathology of the kidney and lungs will be discussed.  These foundations will allow students to successfully interpret clinical scenarios encompassing, but not limited to, laboratory studies, radiologic studies, and clinical case scenarios. 

Gastrointestinal I  (Unit 7)

Course #: MGSI101
Course Credit: 5

Directors:

Thomas Duncan, PhD Ronald Szyjkowski, MD
Thomas Duncan, PhD
(Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology)
Ron Szyjkowski, MD
(Medicine)

 

Administrator:

Sandra Jarvis
Sandra Jarvis

 

This Unit will provide a comprehensive and thorough coverage of the normal gastrointestinal tract. Special attention will be given to specific disease states and clinical presentations, and how they arise from both changes in physiology, cell structure and the underlying metabolic disruptions. Upon completion of this Unit, students will be expected to interpret, integrate and demonstrate the structural metabolic and physiological function of the GI tract in a normal state. Students will also be able to relate the normal state to the disease state.

Endocrine, Reproductive  (Unit 8)

Course #: MENR101
Course Credit: 4

Directors:

Rachel Hopkins, MD Mary Lou Vallano, PhD
Rachel Hopkins, MD
(Medicine)
Mary Lou Vallano, PhD
(Neuroscience and Physiology)


Administrator:

Wendi Burnette
Wendi Burnette

 

In this Unit, students will learn to recognize and understand the normal structure and function of the major endocrine and reproductive organs and glands. This includes the hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal, thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, gonads, and reproductive organs. Foundational lectures on vitamins and minerals are also included. Students will gain an understanding of the intricate interplay of hormonal pathways that contribute to normal endocrine and reproductive function. Using clinical, laboratory, radiology and pathologic data, students will begin to identify the ways in which the balance of these systems can be disturbed, leading to common and uncommon endocrine and reproductive disorders.

Foundations of Reasoning in Medicine I (FRM I)

Course #: MFRM101
Course Credit: 2.5

Directors:

William Paolo, MD Matthew Thornton, MD
William Paolo, MD
(Emergency Medicine)
Director

Matthew Thornton, MD
(Emergency Medicine)
Associate Director

 

Administrator:

Sarah Clawson
Sarah Clawson

 

This longitudinal course integrates clinical medical reasoning into our curriculum. FRM is an active, case-based learning course that integrates with the horizontally constructed system-based Units of years 1 and 2, in order to align with content for each individual block. These interactive sessions are done in small groups of approximately 10 students.  They involve evidenced-based medicine, small group presentations, and active participation with self-directed learning during the discussion of each clinical presentation.

Patients to Populations: Ethics, Law and Population Health  (PTP)

Course #: MPTP101
Course Credit: 2.5

Directors:

Travis Hobart, MD, MPH Amy Caruso Brown, MD
Travis Hobart, MD, MPH
Co-Director (Patients to Populations)
(Pediatrics)
Amy Caruso Brown, MD
Co-Director (Patients to Populations)
(Bioethics and Humanities)

Administrator:

Sarah Clawson
Sarah Clawson

 

This is a longitudinal, case-based course in bioethics, law, population health, epidemiology, healthcare policy, and related disciplines. The course begins with a series of foundational lectures during Unit 1. In Units 2 through 8, students will meet regularly with peers and expert faculty facilitators from the Center for Bioethics and Humanities and the Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine to engage in case-based small group discussion. All cases begin with an encounter between patient and physician and work outward to a discussion of health systems, policy and social accountability. Lectures and large group sessions reinforce skills and content from small group sessions. Self-directed learning, in the form of independent preparation for small group discussions, is expected. Assessment is based upon small group participation, performance on multiple-choice examinations, group presentations, and written assignments.

Practice of Medicine I (POM I)

Course #: MPOM105
Course Credit: 7

Directors:

Joni Mitchell, MD Alison McCrone, MD
Joni Mitchell, MD
(Curriculum Office)
Alison McCrone, MD
(Curriculum Office)

Administrator (Interim):

Sarah Clawson
Sarah Clawson

 

The Practice of Medicine (POM) course spans the first and second years of medical school. In the first year of the course, students integrate scientific knowledge and clinical content by working closely with clinicians in small groups learning to perform clinical examinations and interviews, and learning to develop communication skills essential in quality patient care. Students will have online lectures, reading and physical examination videos that complement their small group learning. Students will learn how to develop problem lists, differential diagnoses and how to efficiently present patients to their peer colleagues.


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