MSI Courses (AY 2017-2018)

Molecules, Cells, and Microbes (MCM)  (Units 1-2)

Course #: MMCM102
Course Credit: 8

Directors:

Rebecca Greenblatt, PhD Margaret Maimone, PhD Diana Gilligan
Rebecca Greenblatt, PhD
(Microbiology/Immunology)
Margaret Maimone, PhD
(Cell and Developmental
Biology)
Diana Gilligan, MD, PhD
(Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology)

Coordinator:

Sandra Jarvis
Sandra Jarvis

 

Molecules, Cells and Microbes (MCM) (8 Credit Hours): This 8-week course, spanning units 1 and 2, presents foundational material in the subject areas of Bacteriology, Virology, Parasitology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Microscopic Anatomy, Biochemistry, Genetics, Developmental Biology and Immunology. This material will be enhanced by frequent illustration of patient care applications in lecture and in clinically oriented small group sessions and microscopicanatomy laboratories. The primary purpose of this course is to prepare students for systems-based coursework which begins in Unit 3 of MS1 and extends through the end of the MS2 year.

Musculoskeletal System  (Unit 3)

Course #: MMSB101
Course Credit: 5

Directors:

Jim Greenwald, MD Matt Vilburn, DC
Jim Greenwald, MD
(Family Medicine)
Matt Vilburn, DC
(Cell and Developmental Biology)

Coordinator:

Julie Ritchie
Julie Ritchie

 

Students will learn the clinical implications and physiology of normal and microscopic anatomy of the musculoskeletal system, including muscles, bones, neurovascular supply and joint structures. The basic physiological processes involved in maintaining homeostasis are examined throughout this course.During this unit, students will be given multiple clinical cases to enhance their learning. Learning will be enriched by case based sessions, radiologic demonstrations, hands on lab work and clinically oriented small groups.

Nervous System  (Unit 4)

Course #: MNSY101
Course Credit: 6

Directors:

Dana Mihaila, MD, PhD James Megna, MD, PhD Mary Lou Vallano, PhD
Dana Mihaila, MD, PhD
(Cell and Developmental
Biology)
James Megna, MD, PhD
(Psychiatry)
Mary Lou Vallano, PhD
(Neuroscience and
Physiology)

 

Coordinators:

Julie Ritchie Wendi Burnette
Julie Ritchie Wendi Burnette

 

This unit will provide students with current scientific knowledge of human nervous system structure and function, as well as to begin developing an understanding how abnormalities in structure/function contribute to disease states. This will include primary exposure to and appreciation of how nervous system pathology manifests in abnormal clinical and laboratory findings.

Cardiovascular & Respiratory I  (Unit 5)

Course #: MCIR101
Course Credit: 5

Directors:

Gary Johnson, MD Robert Zajdel, PhD
Gary Johnson, MD
(Emergency Medicine)
Robert Zajdel, PhD
(Cell and Developmental Biology)

Coordinator:

Julie Ritchie
Julie Ritchie

 

This unit will emphasize medical knowledge as it applies to cardiovascular and respiratory disease. Learning objectives include anatomic structure and physiologic function of the heart, lungs, airways and blood vessels. These structures will be studied in the neck and thorax with continuity of the circulatory, nervous, and major structures between the regions. Integration and application of the clinical content will occur with radiographic imaging and testing modalities such as EKG’s. Large lectures, small group studies, and case-based sessions will reinforce unit learning objectives and engage the student for development of life-long learning skills.

Urinary, Respiratory II  (Unit 6)

Course #: MURR101
Course Credit: 4

Directors:

Steve Grassl, PhD Beth Nicholas, MD
Steve Grassl, PhD
(Pharmacology)
Beth Nicholas, MD
(Emergency Medicine)

 

Coordinator:

Francine Fischer
Francine Fischer

 

After the completion of this unit the student will be able to describe the micro and macro function of the urinary system as well as the upper airway respiratory system. The student will demonstrate a strong understanding of the mechanisms of renal physiology, and respiratory physiology in preparation for year 2 when pharmacology and pathology of the kidney and lungs will be discussed. These foundations will allow the students to successfully interpret clinical scenarios encompassing but not limited to laboratory studies, radiologic studies, and clinical case scenarios.

Gastrointestinal System  (Unit 7)

Course #: MGSI101
Course Credit: 5

Directors:

Mark Schmitt, PhD Ronald Szyjkowski, MD
Mark Schmitt, PhD
(Biochemistry and
Molecular Biology)
Ron Szyjowski, MD
(Medicine)

 

Coordinator:

Sandra Jarvis
Sandra Jarvis

 

This unit will provide a comprehensive and thorough coverage of the normal gastrointestinal tract. Special attention will be given to specific disease states and clinical presentations and how they arise from both changes in physiology, cell structure and the underlying metabolic disruptions. Upon completion of this unit, students will be expected to interpret, integrate and demonstrate the structural metabolic, and physiological function of the GI tract in a normal state. Students will also be able to relate the normal state to the disease state.

Endocrine, Reproductive  (Unit 8)

Course #: MENR101
Course Credit: 4

Directors:

Rachel Hopkins, MD Mary Lou Vallano, PhD
Rachel Hopkins, MD
(Medicine)
Mary Lou Vallano, PhD
(Neuroscience and Physiology)

Coordinator:

Wendi Burnette
Wendi Burnette

 

In this unit, students will learn to recognize and understand the normal structure and function of the major endocrine, and reproductive organs and glands. This includes the hypothalamus, pituitary, adrenal, thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas, gonads, and reproductive organs. Foundational lectures on vitamins and minerals are also included. Students will gain an understanding of the intricate interplay of hormonal pathways that contribute to normal endocrine and reproductive function. Using clinical, laboratory, radiology and pathologic data students will begin to identify the ways in which the balance of these systems can be disturbed, leading to common and uncommon endocrine and reproductive disorders.

Foundations of Reasoning in Medicine I (FRM I)

Course #: MPPH102
Course Credit: 5

Directors:

William Paolo, MD Travis Hobart, MD, MPH Amy Caruso Brown, MD
William Paolo, MD
(Emergency Medicine)
Director

Travis Hobart, MD, MPH
Co-Director (ELSI)
(Pediatrics)
Amy Caruso Brown, MD
Co-Director (ELSI)
(Bioethics and Humanities)

 

Coordinator:

Kristen Vella
Kristen Vella

 

This longitudinal course integrates clinical, ethical, and societal medical reasoning into our curriculum. FRM is an active, case based learning course that will integrate with the new horizontally constructed anatomical units of years 1 and 2, in order to align with content for each individual block. These interactive sessions will be in a small group format to allow students to model not only the clinical case though process but also Ethics, Law and Social Issues (ELSI) and Population Health, Preventive Medicine (PHPM) components. These additional components help students fulfill their professional responsibilities both to the individual patient and the broader population.

Practice of Medicine (POM) I

Course #: MPOM105
Course Credit: 7

Directors:

Joni Mitchell, MD Alison McCrone, MD
Joni Mitchell, MD
(Curriculum Office)
Alison McCrone, MD
(Curriculum Office)

Coordinator:

Danielle Bryne
Danielle Byrne, MPA

 

The Practice of Medicine (POM) course spans the first and second years of medical school. In the first year of the course, students learn to integrate scientific knowledge and clinical content by working closely with clinicians in small groups to develop clinical examination, interview and communication skills essential to quality patient care. Students will also have large group presentations, on-line modular learning and a variety of live clinical experiences with patients. Students will also have the opportunity to develop problem lists, differential diagnoses and learn to efficiently present their patients to their peers and clinicians in their small group sessions all throughout the year.