Course sequence

Fall SemesterCredit Hours
BM 529: Foundational Science* 8
BM536: Human Structure* 7
BM519: Presentation Skills and Professional Knowledge 3
Total 18
Spring SemesterCredit Hours
BM531: General Mechanisms of Disease* 6
BM532: Skin, Muscle and Bone* 4
BM533: Gastrointestinal System and Metabolism* 5
Total 15

*Courses taken with first-year medical students.

Course Descriptions

Fall Semester

Foundational Science: BM 529

Foundational Science introduces students to molecular and cell biology, biochemistry, and histology from an intracellular perspective. In addition, students will be introduced to the fundamental principles of biostatistics and develop skills required to obtain a complete patient-centered medical history.  This course provides the foundational building blocks necessary to progress to subsequent modules in the curriculum.

Human Structure: BM536

The Human Structure course is devoted to developing a three-dimensional understanding of the human body.  Information will be presented in various formats using online, live and interactive methods followed by a dissection of a human donor in the human anatomy laboratory.  This is a course designed for active, self-motivated learners who carry a strong professional drive to master the content.  Materials will cover the following:  1. Anatomical concepts and structures 2. Clinical applied anatomy 3. Medical imaging (plain film, CT, MRI, US) and 4. Developmental anatomy.

Presentation and Professional Knowledge Skills: BM519

Presentation and Professional Knowledge Skills is a team-based course covering non-academic aspects of the admissions process, including practice interviews and history/vitals using standardized patients in small groups; application strategies; AMCAS application personal statement; the role of healthcare teams (various allied health professions) in delivering medical care; community medicine; coping skills (personality types, cultural issues, interview anxieties, effective study strategies, setting goals and failure); ethics and healthcare economics.


Spring Semester

General Mechanisms of Disease: BM531

The General Mechanisms of Disease module serves as a transition from the foundational modules to the organ systems modules. It focuses on the general mechanisms of disease, introducing students to microbiology and infectious disease, principles for discriminating healthy from unhealthy conditions, and predicting clinical manifestations from available data. Students will interpret clinical data and prioritize differential diagnoses and management plans. Students will also conduct integrated and focused physical examinations based on chief complaint and history.

Skin, Muscle and Bone: BM532

The Skin, Muscle and Bone module provides students with the tools to recognize the causes and potential diseases of the integumentary and musculoskeletal systems. Through integration of these systems, the students will develop the ability to diagnose and create management plans for diseases of skin, muscle, and bones based on signs, symptoms, complaints, and diagnostic results.

Gastrointestinal System and Metabolism: BM533

The Gastrointestinal System and Metabolism module provides students with the tools to recognize causes and potential gastrointestinal and metabolic diseases. Students will develop the ability to develop diagnoses and management plans for gastrointestinal system and metabolic diseases based on signs, symptoms, complaints, and diagnostic results.