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
The Molecular & Cellular Principles of Medicine course provides integrated instruction in the cellular and molecular foundations of modern medicine, laying the necessary groundwork for further learning in the basic and clinical sciences, and throughout the physician's professional life. Reflecting the ongoing integration of scientific research and the blurring of disciplinary boundaries, the course includes the essential content of biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, genetics, immunology and nutrition. Scientific foundations will be complemented by clinical applications. Mainly lectures, some small group conferences and problem-solving sessions.
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.
"Upstate's MD/PhD program does a great job bridging the gap between medical bench-side research and clinical application," said Rene Choi, whose research involves developing treatments for retinal diseases. "During our PhD years, we're required every semester to complete a clinical clerkship, where we shadow a physician of our choosing for eight hours a month. I shadowed a retinal surgeon. It was extremely beneficial to understand the disease process from a clinical point of view. I got to watch surgeries in the OR and see how the physician interacts with patients."