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Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

Year 1 Courses

ANT 101: Gross Anatomy and Embryology
The Human Medical Anatomy & Embryology course consists of lectures and labs devoted to the student's developing a three-dimensional image of the human body and how it develops. Lectures are followed by full dissection of the human cadaver in the gross anatomy laboratory. The following major topical areas are addressed: general anatomical concepts, applied anatomy, imaging anatomy, clinical anatomy, early embryogenesis and organogenesis & clinical embryology.

ANT 120: Neuroscience
This course will present an overview of the human nervous system so that a student can understand the function of its complex parts as they relate to each other, to normal brain function, and to major neurologic and psychiatric problems.  As such, this is not a neuroanatomy course but an integrated neuroscience course that includes molecular, developmental, anatomical, metabolic, physiologic, and pathologic concepts.  An underlying theme is the localization of neural function and pathology in a clinically relevant manner.  The rationale for the course is to develop sequential building blocks by dividing the nervous system into manageable parts, with each part being considered at several levels of clinical complexity.  Learning methodologies include lectures, wet labs, special dissections, small group problem-based learning, peer-to-peer teaching, patient and patient advocacy group presentations, asynchronous web-based learning, self-study, digitized interactive computerized tomography, digitized magnet resonance angiography, BlackboardÒ Discussion Boards, BlackboardÒ interactive WIKI’s, peer-reviewed literature, online leadership training, and short papers.

BIO 100: Integrated Metabolism and Nutrition
Concepts and principles of human metabolism are systematically developed, beginning with fuel utilization by the body and enzyme function, covering catabolism and synthesis of carbohydrates, lipids, and nitrogen containing compounds, and concluding with integration of metabolic processes and the principles of nutritional biochemistry.  Throughout the course, biochemical concepts are correlated with the metabolic basis of disease processes and the latest applications of biochemical principles to medicine.

CSF 101: Cell Structure and Function
Medical molecular biology introduces students to a common language of basic sciences, while anatomy, biochemistry, histology, physiology and human development provide students with a firm foundation in the normal structure and function of the human. Students are encouraged to participate in research projects, assist in providing medical care in free clinics or rural and underserved areas, or participate in other education programs during the summer recess between the first and second years.

ITP 100: Introduction to the Patient/Longitudinal Generalist Mentoring I
Introduction to the Patient (ITP) is an interdisciplinary, two-year course that introduces students to both the science and art of doctoring. It facilitates the development of the core clinical skills and increases understanding of the context of medical care. The primary focus in the first year is on history and physical exam skills, communication skills, and professionalism. The Longitudinal Generalist Mentorship (LGM) component is a community-based early clinical experience beginning in the second semester of the first year through which students practice patient assessment skills, are exposed to the economic and social context of illness, and develop a collegial relationship with a physician mentor.

OBD 101: On Being A Doctor I
On Being A Doctor I and II courses are separated into four semesters to run consecutively.  The first semester focuses on cultural competency with an emphasis on populations that are sometimes difficult to integrate within the traditional medical care framework.  This semester includes an emphasis on global health and the ability to learn from those interactions about other cultures and their needs.  The perspective of global health is presented by EVMS students who have been developing an on-going clinic in Hinche, Haiti with the applicant.  As these students have interacted with Haitian officials and local populations, the students’ understanding of the healthcare needs of those people has grown exponentially.   The second semester of the first year focuses on disparities in healthcare including many of the underserved or special needs populations in the U.S.  Again this will include some focus on global health as well but more as a backdrop or in the similarities to the underserved of the U.S.  Additionally during this semester, there will be group work on intimate partner violence and child abuse. 

OSF 101: Organ Systems Function
Organ systems Function is the study of the body’s function - from molecules to the whole organism.  This course applies fundamental scientific principles to the understanding of the body’s function and regulatory mechanisms. This course also provides an approach to analyzing the mechanisms responsible for producing a healthy individual.

OSS 101: Organ Systems Structure
The Organ System and Structure course is a lecture/laboratory course. The overall goal of the course is to provide students with an understanding of how cells become specialized to form tissues and how those tissues form organs. The course provides the basis for understanding structure-function relationships in normal organs and how those relationships are affected by pathogenic mechanisms. This course is a critical adjunct or prerequisite to Organ System and Function course and an essential prerequisite to Pathology and Pathophysiology.

Human Development
This interdisciplinary course provides students with a broad overview of human development from birth through death. Knowledge of the principles of normative development is an essential framework within which subsequent clinical contacts can be conceptualized and understood. The life cycle will be examined longitudinally along specific developmental themes as well as cross-sectionally by developmental periods. Through lectures and readings, the interplay among social, emotional, moral, cognitive, behavioral, psychosexual and biological variables throughout the lifespan will be addressed. At each period of life, critical life tasks will be explored in detail and specific, discrete examples discussed. Clinical cases will be used to examine the boundary between normal and abnormal functioning.

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Year 2 Courses

EEB 201: Epidemiology/Evidence Based Medicine/Biostatistics
This short course integrates the three topic areas to prepare students for their discussions of studies and trials during their third-year clinical rotations. Biostatistics is taught as a foundation for the interpretation of basic statistics used in clinical research. Epidemiology lectures are interspersed with evidence based medicine lectures to help introduce the topic areas that will be discussed by clinical faculty. Evidence based medicine is defined, and a practical problem is presented. Course activities include lectures, readings, and problem solving.

ITD 260: Pathophysiology
Pathophysiology is a full-year course offered in the second year of Medical School training. The focus of this pathophysiology course is the abnormal functioning of diseased organs and tissues, and to a lesser degree, the patterns of presentation, pertinent diagnostic approaches, differential diagnosis & patient management considerations that this abnormal function results in. Pathophysiology considers disease with regard to its etiology, signs & symptoms, pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.

ITP 200: Introduction to the Patient/Longitudinal Generalist Mentoring II
Introduction to the Patient is an interdisciplinary course, which focuses on developing basic skills crucial to a thorough evaluation of patients. This will include skills needed in performing History and Physical Exams, interpreting other clinical data such as x-rays, evaluating the family and community's impact on the patient, and understanding the ethical values of both the patient and society as they affect health care.

MIC 202: Microbiology/Immunology
The course is divided into five major parts.  Basic and clinical concepts of immunology will be taught during the first section. The second section of the course will cover medical bacteriology.  This includes an introduction to bacteria, including their structure, growth, genetics, and pathogenesis; the mechanism of action of antimicrobial drugs and the fundamentals of prevention of disease.  Specific bacterial pathogens and the diseases they cause are discussed in detail.  The third section is Virology.  As with bacteriology, basic concepts will be followed by a discussion of selected medically important pathogens and the diseases they cause. The fourth section is an introduction to Medical Mycology with an emphasis on the clinical manifestations of fungal diseases, as well as their epidemiology and pathogenesis.  The last section of the course is an introduction to Medical Parasitology.  After a brief overview, parasitic infections are discussed that encompass a variety of protozoa, round worms and flat worm infections. Lectures are supplemented by laboratory exercises, quiz/review sessions, self-studies, and Clinical Correlation Conferences.

OBD 102: On Being a Doctor II
The first semester of the second year focuses on physicians and society.  With this topic area, the medical student focuses on jurisprudence issues, and the need for more physician advocacy and leadership.  This semester focuses on professionalism with understanding of the graduate medical education process, Boards and licensure.  During the last semester prior to the start of the clinical years, the focus will be on ethics and medical reasoning.  This focus area will concentrate on how and why individual practitioners make the clinical decisions that they do and how to do so within a personalized, individual moral framework.  With all four semesters of the On Becoming A Doctor (OBAD) courses, the medical humanities (classic and contemporary literature, documentary film, art and sculpture) will be used as teaching tools as well as simulated patient experiences written directly for this course and self-reflection exercises in a team based learning environment.

PAT 200: Pathology
The primary design of the 2nd year experience in Pathology is to begin your study of medicine with the emphasis being on pathologic processes and their morphologic changes.  A clear understanding of the etiology, pathogenesis, pathophysiology, and morphologic changes of disease serves as an important and essential basis for the understanding and competent practice of any area of clinical medicine.

PRM 203: Integrative Pharmacotherapeutics
Integrative Pharmacotherapeutics reviews the mechanisms by which drugs produce their therapeutic and toxic effects and the factors that influence their absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion, and biological action. With an understanding of the underlying principles of pharmacology, students then learn the principles of pharmacotherapeutics or how to prescribe drugs rationally, safely, and cost effectively. Students are introduced to the concepts of: identification of factors that make patients unique in their response to drugs; optimization of drug selection based upon current clinical guidelines; avoidance of medication prescribing errors; recognition of common drug-drug and drug-food interactions; utilization of current, accurate, and unbiased information sources for drugs, biologics, and neutraceuticals; and critical evaluation of the medical literature. The course consists of a combination of case-based lectures and team-based learning sessions.

PSY 201: Behavioral Sciences II: Psychopathology
This course provides students with a general overview of psychopathology. Material presented, in conjunction with information learned in Human Development, prepares students for the clinical demands of the third and fourth years of medical school. Topic areas include functional and dysfunctional human behavior; the role of society, family, environment, biology and genetics in the development of psychopathology; and the need to treat all patients with compassion.

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Year 3 Clerkships

Palliative Care: The Spectrum  (Year Long)
Family Medicine/Geriatrics (8 Weeks)
Internal Medicine (8 Weeks)
Neuropsychiatry (8 Weeks)
Obstetrics/Gynecology (8 Weeks)
Pediatrics (8 Weeks)
Surgery (8 Weeks) 

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Year 4

Acting internship (4 weeks) Increased responsibility for care of a defined cohort of patients, over-night call, and continuity of inpatient care.  Must be taken at EVMS Any core clerkship specialties.

Ambulatory medicine (4 weeks) Undifferentiated patient problems.  Increased responsibility for patient management with opportunities for continuity and longitudinal management. Rotations in all core clerkship specialties with appropriate ambulatory components including geriatric medicine.

Acute care medicine (4 weeks) Appropriate assessment and management of acutely ill patients. Commensurate increase in responsibility for diagnosis and ongoing treatment.  Qualifying rotations include emergency medicine, critical care medicine (including ICU, PICU and NICU), anesthesia, and shock trauma surgery.

Subspecialty medicine (4 weeks) Medical or surgical subspecialty with an appropriate mix of inpatient and outpatient experiences Experience in the consultative process.

Basic science elective (4 weeks)

Electives (minimum of three 4-week elective blocks)

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