Phase I begins with orientation, continues for eight consecutive blocks, and provides students with a solid foundation in the four value domains: basic science, clinical science, research, and interprofessionalism.
Phase I also includes dedicated time to conduct independent research and to participate in interprofessional health care educational experiences, including service-learning programs.

Curriculum - Phase 1

Year 1 Block Schedule
Normal Structure and Function

Year 1 is focused on normal structure and function. Blocks are eight weeks in duration, followed by a week of exams and an additional week of special studies. There is also a winter break allotted.

Block I

Functional biology of cells and tissues

Interviewing and physical exam I

Fundamentals and foundations of research

Team building, relationships, and partnerships

Block II

Human Body I

Interviewing and physical exam II

Research tools

Models of health care, public health, experiential team learning




Block III

Human Body II

Interviewing and physical exam III

Research application

Professional roles, conflict resolution, clinical skills team training

Block IV

Biology of the nervous system

Interviewing and physical exam IV

Research outcomes

Clinical skills team training, health delivery systems, patient safety, quality improvement

Block I: August - October (8 weeks)

Functional Biology of Cells and Tissues
Molecules, Genes, Chromosomes, Proteins, Cells, Tissues, Metabolism, Transcription, Translation, Musculoskeletal System, Early Development, Pharmacodynamics, and Pharmacokinetics

Interviewing and Physical Exam I
Patient Centered Interviewing, Introduction to the Physical Exam (Musculoskeletal Exam including Ultrasound)

Fundamentals and Foundations of Research
The Scientific Method, Thinking Like a Scientist Physician, Basic, Clinical, and Translational Research Principles, The Protection of Human Subjects in Research, The Use and Protection of Animals in Research, Research Live, and the Medical Scholar Series

Interprofessional Teamwork and Roles for Collaborative Practice
Public Health Walk, Learning in Medical School and Beyond, Introduction to Team Building, Healthcare Roles and Responsibilities, Team Contracts, Team Formation, Personal Journey, Goal Setting, Teamwork Concepts, and This I Believe Statements

Block II: October - December (8 weeks)

Human Body I
Immunology, Cardiovascular, Respiratory, and the Autonomic Nervous System

Interviewing and Physical Exam II
Patient- and Doctor-Centered Interviewing (History of Present Medical Illness, Past, Medical, Family, Medications & Habits), Vital Signs, Heart and Lungs, BMI, Vascular Ultrasound, Longitudinal Ambulatory Care Experience (LACE)

Research Tools
Biostatistics, Research Live and the Medical Scholar Series

Interpersonal Healthcare
Roles of Team Members, Communication Skills, Academic Differences and Similarities among Professions, Community Service, Healthcare Team Leadership

Break

Block III: January - March (8 weeks)

Human Body II
GI Tract, Liver and Biliary, Renal, Endocrine, and Reproduction

Interviewing and Physical Exam III
Patient- and Doctor-Centered Interviewing (Personal & Social Hx), Abdominal Exam, Male and Female Genitourinary Exams, Breast Exam, Cultural Considerations, Abdominal Ultrasound, LACE

Research Application
Epidemiology, Research Live, the Medical Scholar Series, Research Mentor and Project Selection

Interprofessional Healthcare
Roles of Team Members, Communication Skills, Academic Differences and Similarities among Professions, Community Service, Healthcare Team Leadership

Block IV: March - May (8 weeks)

Biology of the Nervous System
Central Nervous System, Peripheral Nervous System, Special Sensory Structures

Interviewing and Physical Exam IV
Patient and Doctor Centered Interviewing (Review of Systems), Neurological Exam, Pediatric Development, HEENT, Dental Exam, Mental Status Exam, Normal Aging Process, LACE

Research Outcomes
Research Prospectus preparation and presentation, the Medical Scholars Series

Interprofessional Healthcare
Roles of Team Members, Communication Skills, Academic Differences and Similarities Among Professions, Community Service, Healthcare Team Leadership

Research (3 weeks)

Break (4 weeks)

Year 2 Block Schedule
Abnormal Structure and Function

Year 2 is focused on abnormal structure and function. Blocks are six weeks in duration, followed by a week of exams and an additional week of special studies. There is also a winter break allotted.

Block V

Fundamentals of pathobiology

Interviewing and physical exam V

Research project

Experience and assessment of quality and leadership in interprofessional health care teams

Block VI

Pathobiology of the human body 

Interviewing and physical exam VI

Research project

Ethical and legal issues in healthcare




Block VII

Pathobiology of the human body II 

Interviewing and physical exam VII

Research project

Issues in medicine & culture 

Block VIII

Pathobiology of the human body III 

Interviewing and physical exam VIII

Research project

Public health and medicine

Block V: July - August (6 weeks)

Fundamentals of Pathobiology
Cells and Tissues, Necrosis, Neoplasia, Inflammation, Genetic Disorders, Immunological Diseases, Infection, Microbiology, Virology, Skin Disorders, Pharmacology, Therapeutics

Interviewing and Physical Exam V
Clinical Skills Review (Complete Hx & Physical Exam), Detailed Family & Genetic Hx, Dermatology Exam, Ultrasound, Fundamentals of Case Presentation I, Clerkship Competency Series: Gown & Glove, Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, Adult Immunizations, LACE

Research
Individual Student Research Project

Experience and Assessment of Quality and Leadership in Interprofessional Health Care Teams
Leadership and Team Performance, Systems Engineering in Health Care, Cognitive Biases that Influence Decision Making, On-site Shadowing and Evaluation of Interprofessional Healthcare Teams, and High-Fidelity Simulation Scenario

Block VI: September - October (6 weeks)

Pathobiology of the Human Body I
Hemotology, Bleeding Disorders, White Cell Disorders, Vascular Diseases, Heart, Pulmonary, ENT, Lymph Nodes and Spleen, Microbiology, Virology, Pharmacology, Therapeutics

Interviewing and Physical Exam VI
Assessing Stages of Change: Smoking Cessation, Exam Findings in Cardiopulmonary Disease, ECG and Chest X-ray Interpretation, Clerkship Competency Series:  ABG's, Venous Blood Draws, Oxygen Therapy, LACE

Research
Individual Student Research Project

Ethical and Legal Issues in Healthcare
Ethical Principles, Model of Decision Making, Law/Practice/Codes of Ethics, Workplace Ethics Now and in the Future, Moral Courage, Autonomy/Dignity/Veracity, Distributive Justice, Beneficence, Nonmaleficence, and a Case Ethics Health Care Team Challenge

Block VII: November - December (6 weeks)

Pathobiology of the Human Body II
GI Tract, Liver, Pancreas, Renal, Male and Female GU, Breast, Microbiology, Virology, Pharmacology, Therapeutics, Nutrition

Interviewing and Physical Exam VII
Fundamentals of Case Presentation II, Interview Skills: Nutrition & Supplement History, OB & Sexual History; Review: Breast Exam, GU Exams, Exam Findings in GI and Renal, H & P and Psychosocial Aspects of GI, Renal, and Urogenital Diseases Including Ultrasound Findings, Abnormal Breast Exam, Clerkship Competency Series: NG Tube, Foley Catheter, LACE

Research
Individual Student Research Project

Issues in Medicine & Culture – A Course in Medical Humanities
Pain, Cancer Treatment, Death, Disability and Modern Life, and Empathy

Break

Block VIII: January - February (6 weeks)

Pathobiology of the Human Body III
Endocrine, Skeletal and Soft Tissues, Skin, Environmental and Nutritional Diseases, Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems, Nutrition

Interviewing and Physical Exam VIII
H & P and Psychosocial Aspects of Neuromuscular Diseases, Clinical Psychiatric Syndromes and their Underlying Neurobiological Dysfunctions, Exam Findings in HEENT and Dental Diseases, Endocrine Cases including Thyroid Ultrasound, Review Pediatric Development, Clerkship Competency Series: Suturing & Wound Care, LACE

Research
Individual Student Research Project

Public Health and Medicine
Integration of Public Health and Medicine - Public Health in the 21st Century, Social Determinants of Health, Environmental Determinants of Health, Epidemiology in Action – Outbreak Investigation, The Affordable Care Act and What It Means for Practicing Physicians, and Group Presentations 

Research (8 weeks)

Step 1 Prep and Testing (6 weeks)