Year 1

This course provides a basic overview of the knowledge, skills, attributes, and habits that are central to a medical student’s development and success as aspiring physicians.  LAUNCH builds a solid foundation by defining and assessing emotional IQ, embracing personality styles, and defining strengths and weaknesses in individual's basic science knowledge. Learn more

Clinical Anatomy
This course is an introduction to clinically relevant anatomy and includes the topics of gross anatomy, embryology, radiographic anatomy, histology, and neuroanatomy. Basic medical terminology, morphology of the human body, and sectional anatomy are introduced in a correlated fashion with the weekly clinical case and the other topics within the course. Lectures, clinical case presentations, and laboratory sessions are utilized to promote achievement of course objectives. Examinations include written and laboratory practical examinations.

Cellular and Subcellular Processes (CSP)
This course is an introduction to cellular and subcellular function and includes the topics of biochemistry, molecular biology, immunology, introductory pathology, and genetics. Basic medical terminology, the basic processes of the cell and its subcellular components, and introductory concepts in immunology, microbiology, pathology, and genetics are introduced in a correlated fashion with the weekly clinical case. Lectures and case studies are utilized to promote achievement of course objectives, which are assessed by written examination.

Medical Neuroscience
Medical Neuroscience is the first systems pathophysiology course, and more than half the content focuses on clinical medicine.  The goals of the course are to prepare students 1) for their Step 1 exam, 2) for their neurology and psychiatry clerkships and 3) to be practicing physicians with a solid grounding in the fundamentals of neuroscience.  Instruction integrates basic and clinical science, and introduces students to the neuroanatomy, physiology and pharmacology needed to understand, diagnose and treat clinical conditions affecting the brain and nervous system.  The curriculum is derived from common conditions in neurology, psychiatry, anesthesia, neuroradiology and neuropathology.  It is delivered through didactic lectures, learning labs, clinical experiences, case-centered learning, and self-directed learning.  The course makes use of active learning approaches, including student response questions during class.  

Population Health/Epidemiology and Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine
Because we are in an era of rapid generation of new knowledge, special skills are needed to access, critically review, and efficiently use good evidence from the medical literature in the care of patients and populations. This course extends across Year 1 and facilitates students’ understanding of medical epidemiology and provides an introduction to evidence-based medicine. Included are an understanding of basic epidemiologic principles, strengths and weaknesses of various study designs, use and interpretation of basic statistics, use and interpretation of diagnostic tests, techniques of efficient literature searching, and framing a precise patient (or population) care question in the areas of diagnosis, prognosis, harm, and therapy. The material will be presented in alternating lecture and small-group formats. Student evaluation includes small-group participation, problem sets, and computer-based examinations.

  • Community Practice Experience (CPE)
    This experience provides students with early clinical exposure to patients and extends across Years 1 and 2. During Year 1, students spend two weeks with a community-based primary care practitioner. The goals of the CPE include identification of the resources within a community that relate to health promotion, disease prevention, health maintenance, and recovery from illness or disability; development of professional attitudes and behaviors that are adaptable to different healthcare practice environments; and refinement of skills in interviewing, physical examination, and communication with patients, families, and other health professionals. Students complete a community health project and study learning issues related to patients seen with their preceptor.
  • Case Centered Learning (CCL) 
    Case centered learning is a distinct component of the curriculum that occurs throughout Year 1 in conjunction with each major basic science course. Students will meet every 2 weeks in small groups with faculty facilitators to promote development of their self-directed learning skills and clinical reasoning skills, which in turn will strengthen their acquisition of basic and clinical science knowledge, foster the development of professional attitude and behaviors, and support the development of skills necessary to be an effective team member.  A patient case that is aligned with course material presented in the concurrent basic science course will serve as the anchor for the instruction each week. 

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Winston-Salem, NC 27157

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