Rene Choi

Rene Choi

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MSII Courses

Behavioral Science

Course #: MBSC201
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.

CBL: Case-Based Learning, Clinical Reasoning & Pathophysiology

Course #: MPPH202
Course Credit: 8
Director: Paul F. Shanley, MD
Associate Director/Coordinator: Karen C. Kelly, MS

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 students 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

Course #: MPTH201
Course Credit: 8
Director: Paul F. Shanley, MD
Associate Director/Coordinator: Karen C. Kelly, MS

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).

Medical Microbiology/Immunology

Course #: MICI201
Course Credit: 8
Directors: Edward J. Shillitoe, PhD & Rebecca Greenblatt, MD
Coordinator: Carol 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.


Course #: MPHM201
Course Credit: 7
Directors: Joseph Stein, PhD & Steven Grassl, 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

Course #: MPOM201
Course Credit: 8
Directors: Joni Mitchell, MD & Alison McCrone, MD
Coordinators: Danielle Byrne, MPA

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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