Year 1

In 2014-2015, the first year consists of:

One week orientation: 
Orientation to Wake Forest School of Medicine begins on Monday, August 4, 2014. This event is led by Student Services. Students begin to find their way around, learn who's who, and get familiar with the systems and equipment here at Wake Forest School of Medicine. The orientation event includes the reading of the oath which deems students officially matriculated to the School of Medicine. Incoming students receive a detailed orientation schedule by email just prior to orientation time.

LAUNCH course: 
Year One students spend time participating in an exciting and innovative onboarding course. LAUNCH provides a basic overview of the knowledge, skills, attributes, and habits that are central to their 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. Subjects such as clinical reasoning, effective communication, team building, problem-solving, and self-awareness are also addressed.     

The acronym “LAUNCH” depicts components of the orientation time frame: 

   Life skills for med school: sleep, nutrition, exercise, etc.
   Acclimating to professional life 
   Understanding of self 
   New words, ideas, vocabulary 
   Clinical Reasoning, thinking like a doctor, resource review 
   Healthcare 101:  Future patient care, systems (W1), and regulations (HIPPA) 

Clinically Relevant Anatomy course: 
Ten weeks of robust anatomy and human development instruction that introduces the language and concepts of gross and radiologic anatomy, microscopic anatomy, neuroanatomy, and embryology in a functional and clinical context. Even the dissection laboratories are integrated to include correlated investigation of related radiographic anatomy, histology, and embryology along with case-centered application of anatomy. 
CPE / LAUNCH II, and the Thanksgiving break occur during this time period. 

CPE / LAUNCH II combines a one week Community Practice Experience and follow-up reflection. 

Holiday break lasts two weeks.

Cellular & Subcellular Processes (CSP) course: 
Ten weeks are devoted to establish a foundation of cell and molecular biology for understanding mechanisms of acquired and inherited human disease. Course objectives topics include; Biochemistry, Pathology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology/Medical Genetics and Immunology.

CPE / LAUNCH III course combines a one week Community Practice Experience and follow-up reflection.

A ten week focus that builds on the introduction to neuroanatomy provided in the Human Structure and Development block to provide clinically relevant information about neural communications, sensory and motor systems, the control of homeostasis, cognitive and emotional functions, and pharmacology. It uses this basic foundation to explore the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of neurological and psychiatric conditions commonly encountered in medical practice. Spring break, occurs during this time period. 

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