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.
Case-Based Learning: Clinical Reasoning & Pathophysiology
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. The emphasis is on “pathophysiology” which is understood as mechanisms of disease at the organ system level. Pathophysiology provides the transition from basic to clinical science since organ dysfunction is still the level at which most clinical assessment and intervention occurs. 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.
Human Disease: Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Systemic Pathology is the second half of a two-year sequence in the basic science curriculum whose essence is the study of the pathologic basis of disease. General Pathology is part of the MS1 curriculum and comprises the first part of the Rubin's Pathology and Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease nationally recognized texts. Expanding upon the anatomical pathology encountered throughout the organ systems will be a series of case discussions explicitly highlighting the laboratory diagnosis of disease (clinical pathology).
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.
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.
"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."