Year 1 Curriculum

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Academic Calendar Year 1 (15-16)

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This 2-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. 

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. 

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. 


Population Health/Epidemiology

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 skills. 

Medicine and 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.



Case-Centered Learning (CCL)

Case-centered 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

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