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M.D. Program

M.D. Program

Pre-Clerkship curriculum

Year 2

The second year begins in late June and extends through February of the following year in three major blocks of organ-system pathophysiology courses.  Longitudinal courses in systemic pathology, pharmacology,oncology and Doctoring are integrated with the organ systems.

Brain and Behavior (Block 3)
Skin and Bones (Block 4)
Pathophysiology (Block 5)

Neurosciences

Dermatology and Musculoskeletal

Hematology, Cardiology, Pulmonary Nephrology, Gastroenterology
Doctoring 2

Brain and Behavior (Block 3)
An integrated neurosciences curriculum covering neuroanatomy, clinical neurology, and psychopathology.

Skin and Bones (Block 4)
A short, integrated organ system block covering clinical dermatology and the musculoskeletal system.

Pathophysiology (Block 5)
An integrated organ systems pathophysiology block which covers hematology, cardiology, pulmonary, nephrology, and gastroenterology in a sequential fashion, with progressively integrative cases offered throughout the block. The block ends with a short “Capstone Course” consisting of  case problems designed to integrate concepts in basic and clinical medicine covered in the first two years.

Doctoring 2 (Blocks 3-5)
The Doctoring 2 curriculum runs throughout three blocks and focuses on advanced clinical skills, epidemiology, health care systems, and patient assessment. Standardized patient cases, subspecialty physical exam workshops, and problem-based learning cases are integrated with concurrent pathophysiology courses. The TEAM-PEACE curriculum continues. Students are assigned to preceptorships where they learn how to perform and document comprehensive patient assessments.

Feedback and Assessment
All of the second year courses utilize periodic review sessions, midterms, and a comprehensive final examination. The Doctoring 2 course administers an objective structured clinical examination (OSCE) using standardized patients at the end of the course series.