Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:00 am – 10:00 am Biochemistry Biochemistry Biochemistry Biochemistry Biochemistry
10:00am – 12:00pm CCBS2 (Group A) CCBS2 (Group B) Physiology Physiology Physiology
12:00pm – 1:00 pm LUNCH
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Neuroscience Neuroscience Neuroscience Genetics Genetics
3:00 pm-5:00 pm Physiology Physiology Research Methods I

Course Description:

Physiology (10 credits) The Physiology course has been designed to introduce the student to a basic understanding of the concepts and principles of physiology and basics of pathophysiology. Students also make an oral presentation on an agreed upon medical subject to their peers in the class. By the end of this course, students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of normal functions of human body that enables them to recognize and deal with pathological conditions.

Biochemistry (10 credits) The Biochemistry course has been designed to provide the student with a broad understanding of the concepts and principles of Biochemistry, with emphasis on its role in clinical practice. The course provides students with a strong background in basic components of Biochemistry – amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, lipids, enzymes and nucleotides. They will also learn the biochemical aspects in the functioning of major organs, tissues and systems; e.g. blood, liver, gastrointestinal tract and endocrines. Finally, to bring all the different facets together in a holistic overview the students will be taught the fundamentals of nutrition. Also, special lectures on significant topics will be provided throughout the course, as will 4 sessions on the practical clinical laboratory applications of the Biochemistry course content. At all stages the clinical relevance of biochemistry will be emphasized to the students, using general examples, specific cases and lectures dedicated to disorders and diseases in each section.

Neuroscience (6 credits) The goal of this course is to provide students with a fundamental understanding of the human nervous system in health and disease, or, more specifically, to integrate knowledge of the anatomic organization, physiology and prevalent neuropathologic disorders of the human nervous system with clinical issues, to explain basic principles of neurodiagnostic methods, to introduce neurological problem-solving skills and knowledge of electronic resources accessible for life-long education in basic and clinical neuroscience, explain the essential principles of cellular and molecular neurobiology, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, neuropathology, systems neuroscience and higher cortical function (built on knowledge of the development, histology and peripheral anatomy of the nervous system gained through gross anatomy and histology courses), to provide both a broad conceptual framework and acumen necessary for further clinical study of the normal and malfunctioning nervous system, and to explain disorders in terms of neuroanatomical and physiological mechanisms by consistently presenting contrasts between function and dysfunction. This is accomplished through an integrated series of basic neuroscience lectures with a heavy emphasis on clinical problem-solving skills, self-directed and tutorial-based learning, case studies presentations and self-study utilizing internet-based resources and textbooks.

Genetics (4 credits) The Genetics course has been designed to introduce the student to a basic understanding of the concepts and principles of Genetics, with emphasis on its role in clinical practice. Students are provided with a strong background in the principles of molecular genetics. Other topics include: single gene disorders, atypical inheritances, multifactorial inheritances, chromosomal disorders, prenatal diagnosis, treatment of genetic diseases, cancer genetics, gene therapy and genetic counseling. Students are also made aware of the power of DNA technology. Basic concepts of DNA manipulations will be taught and examples of how these manipulations can be used in medicine will be given.

RHM I (Research in Health and Medicine) (1 credit) This course has been designed to provide the student with an introduction to research literature review and presentation of their resultant assessment/interpretation of the significance of that review. It consists of weekly 2 hour sessions during which the students are initially introduced to the process of searching through medical research literature, and then, the student is expected to apply that process themselves.

CCBS II (Clinical Correlation of Basic Science) (1 credit) This second course in CCBS further introduces the student to case-enhanced problem based learning. In this approach, fundamental knowledge is mastered by the solving of problems. Information is learned or reviewed by the student in an active learning mode and promotes lifelong learning. This case-enhanced style employs student initiative as the driving force for problem solving. The students’ group assumes primary responsibility for the process and the Professor is a knowledgeable-facilitator. Teamwork, open inquiry and critical thinking are emphasized. At this level, the list of clinically-oriented cases/topics is taken from the MD1 and MD2 Subjects.