Year 1 Curriculum
Academic Calendar Year 1 (16-17)
Academic Calendar Year 1 (17-18)
Academic Calendar Year 1 (18-19)
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This 3-week course
provides a basic overview of the knowledge, skills, attributes, and habits that
are central to medical student development and success as aspiring physicians. Learn more
Clinical Anatomy and Physiology
This course is an
introduction to human structure and development, 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.
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
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.
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.
Clinical Skills 1:
Foundations in Clinical Skills (CS1)
The clinical skills
curriculum provides students with longitudinal clinical skills training through
small-group learning, facilitating the development of the essential skills
needed to perform as a clinician, including professionalism, history taking, communication
and interpersonal skills, physical examinations skills and clinical reasoning
Patients in Society 1 (MAPS)
This course sequence
is a broad and basic overview longitudinal seminar, designed to prepare
students for the integration of behavioral, social and ethical considerations
into MS1 core learning about patient care and the role of health care in
society. It covers core medical education content in ethics and
professionalism, behavior, the medical social sciences, and the medical
humanities, and is structured for optimal teaching of these key concepts and
skills in the preclinical years.
Integrated Ultrasound 1
The Integrated Ultrasound Curriculum is a supplemental instructional time intended to clarify difficult anatomical relationships and to reinforce knowledge of anatomy and physiology. The course includes hands-on laboratory sessions where students are responsible for obtaining ultrasound images and investigating various anatomic structures.
learning is a distinct component of the curriculum that occurs throughout Year
1 in conjunction with each major course. Students meet once per week in small
groups of six to seven students and two faculty facilitators to promote
development of self-directed learning skills and clinical reasoning skills, to
strengthen the acquisition of basic and clinical science knowledge, to foster
the development of professional attitude and behaviors, and to develop skills
necessary to be an effective team member.
For complete descriptions of all Year One courses see the WFSM Student Handbook.