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Academic Calendar Year 2 (16-17)

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Systems Pathophysiology 1


This block further introduces the student to elements of the hematologic and lymphatic systems.  Each week is comprised of large group teaching, small group teaching where self-directed learning is emphasized, and weekly examinations, both formative and summative. Teaching faculty including clinical specialists, pharmacists, microanatomists, and pathologists.


The cardiovascular block provides a comprehensive overview of cardiac and vascular physiology, pharmacology and pathology. Course material is both clinically relevant and useful for USMLE Step 1 preparation. The final week of the block includes a patient Simulation lab, where students have the opportunity to visualize pathophysiologic processes at work in a simulated patient environment.





This block consists of complementary lecture-based instruction, case-centered learning, and smaller group experiences in the Simulation Laboratory and on a “Pulmonary Field Trip” to our intensive care units, pulmonary function laboratory, pulmonary rehabilitation program, and bronchoscopy laboratory. The block concludes with classroom visits by patients who discuss their diverse respiratory problems with medical students in a “mini-Grand Rounds” format.


This block provides instruction regarding the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus, including the important accessory organs: the liver, the biliary tree, and the pancreas. Specific areas of focus include the physiology of digestion and absorption; nutrition; embryology, anatomy, and congenital disorders; genetics; pathology and disease states; microbiology; immunology; and pharmacology.

Systems Pathophysiology 2



This block introduces the learner to the broad array rheumatic and musculoskeletal conditions. One week is focused on autoimmunity and systemic, inflammatory syndromes, and begins with a review of normal and dysregulated immune system function. The second week of the block is directed at regional, generally non-inflammatory musculoskeletal conditions. Faculty representatives from rheumatology, sports medicine, infectious diseases, radiology, and pharmacology participate.


The renal block is designed to provide students with a strong background in basic human physiology and a comprehensive review of pathologic states. The block will further aim to delineate the clinical presentations, diagnostic approaches and treatment principles of each disease process. Students will be exposed to end stage manifestations and treatment modalities of kidney disease through discussions on dialysis and transplant. With this comprehensive base, the primary objective of the block is to prepare students to identify, diagnose and manage complex renal patients in their third and fourth year clerkships.

Endocrinology and Reproduction

The Endocrinology and Reproduction block focuses on the normal function and disease states of the hormonal control mechanisms that regulate homeostasis, metabolism, reproduction system, growth and stress response.  Additionally, the block introduces students to the basic vocabulary of sex differences and normal male female reproductive physiology. Material is delivered through didactic lectures, interactive conferences, expert panels and self-directed learning. 


The dermatology topic is intended to provide a broad exposure to the specialty and provide a framework for understanding the skin in health and disease. Inflammatory, auto-immune, systemic disease, cutaneous oncology and infections processes will be covered where relevant to the skin, hair and nails. While the focus is primarily a clinical one highlighted by a patient viewing session mid-week, structure and function as well basic science concepts relevant to skin disease will be explored.

Clinical Skills 2: Applied Clinical Skills (CS2)

The overall objective of CS2 is to prepare students for their upcoming clinical rotations in Year 3. Year 2 clinical skills training will challenge students to learn and practice focused data gathering, data interpretation based on your understanding of pathophysiologic mechanisms of disease, iterative differential formulation, and initial diagnostic management decision-making.

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Medicine and Patients in Society 2 (MAPS)

This course sequence is designed to prepare students for the integration of behavioral, social and ethical considerations into 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. Promotion of critical reflection and respectful dialogue in small groups is an essential component of teaching and learning this material.

Integrated Ultrasound 2

The Integrated Ultrasound Curriculum is a supplemental instructional time intended to clarify difficult anatomical relationships and to reinforce knowledge of anatomy and physiology during the study of pathophysiology. The course includes hands-on laboratory sessions where students will be responsible for obtaining ultrasound images and investigating various anatomic structures. During the laboratory sessions students will use ultrasound machines to image each other and obtain views of the relevant structures.

Population Health: Healthcare Systems & Policy

Healthcare in America is transforming with a renewed focus on patient safety, quality, and value-based care. To function in this changing landscape, tomorrow’s physicians must understand the historical forces driving healthcare reform and the principles shaping new policies. The Healthcare Systems & Policy course will give students the knowledge needed to thrive in our evolving healthcare system and meaningfully advocate for future improvements.

For complete descriptions of all Year 2 courses see the WFSM Student Handbook

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