Undergraduate Medical Education: Second Year

The second year curriculum runs from August through April, and is devoted to the basic scientific foundations of medicine and an introduction to clinical medicine, focusing around organ systems. It consists primarily of basic science activities in the General Education Building and clinical activities in the Robert Kaplan Clinical Skills Center. Approximately twenty hours weekly are devoted to scheduled activities. The Biomedical Science component of the curriculum is completed in March. Students then sit for the USMLE Step 1 Exam prior to beginning clinical clerkships in May.

Fall Semester

5.2 Organ Systems - Pathogenesis/Diagnosis/Treatment: Pulmonary, Dermatological, Rheumatic, Musculoskeletal COM 2052 9
5.3 Organ Systems - Pathogenesis/Diagnosis/Treatment: Endocrine, Reproductive/Breast, Urogenital, GI/Liver COM 2053 9
4.3 Principles of Clinical Medicine COM 2043 4

Spring Semester

5.4 Organ Systems - Pathogenesis/Diagnosis/Treatment: Central-Peripheral Nervous Systems/Psychiatry COM 2054 9
5.5 Organ Systems - Pathogenesis/Diagnosis/Treatment: Infectious Disease, Immunological Wrap-Up COM 2055 2
4.4 Principles of Clinical Medicine COM 2044 4

M2 Course Descriptions

COM 2052 - Pulmonary, Dermatological, Rheumatic, Musculoskeletal (9 credit hours) Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, and Treatment
This course will provide a fully integrated presentation by multiple basic and clinical faculty on diseases of the Pulmonary, Dermatological, Rheumatic, and Musculoskeletal organ systems. The physiology, pathophysiology, pathology, pharmacology, and infections underlying these systems will be covered. Instruction includes live and pre-recorded lectures, small group sessions, team-based learning sessions, and clinical pathophysiology conferences. The course will provide a foundation of integrated basic and clinical sciences needed by students as they enter the clerkship phase of training.

COM 2053 - Endocrine, Reproductive/Breast, Urogenital GI Liver (9 credit hours) Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, and Treatment
This course will provide a fully integrated presentation by multiple basic and clinical faculty on diseases of the Endocrine, Reproductive/Breast, Urogenital and GI Liver organ systems. The physiology, pathophysiology, pathology, pharmacology, and infections underlying these systems will be covered. Instruction includes live and pre-recorded lectures, small group sessions, team-based learning sessions, and clinical pathophysiology conferences. The course will provide a foundation of integrated basic and clinical sciences needed by students as they enter the clerkship phase of training.

COM 2054 - Central-Peripheral Nervous Systems/Psychiatry (9 credit hours) Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, and Treatment
This course will provide a fully integrated presentation by multiple basic and clinical faculty on diseases of the central-peripheral nervous organ systems. The physiology, pathophysiology, pathology, pharmacology, and infections underlying these systems will be covered. Instruction includes live and pre-recorded lectures, small group sessions, team-based learning sessions, and clinical pathology conferences. The course will provide a foundation of integrated basic and clinical sciences needed by students as they enter the clerkship phase of training.

COM 2055 Infectious Disease and Immunological Wrap Up Organ Systems (2 credit hours) Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, and Treatment
This course will provide new perspectives on microbiology and immunology content previously presented in the other organ systems. Instruction may include live and pre-recorded lectures, small group sessions, team-based learning sessions, and clinical pathophysiology conferences. The course will provide a foundation of integrated basic and clinical sciences needed by students as they enter the clerkship phase of training.

COM 2043 - Principles of Clinical Medicine III (4 credit hours, 1 semester)
This course will cover a variety of topics that include patient rapport skills, doctor/patient relationship, professionalism, communication and interviewing skills, history taking, performing physical exams, and documenting physical exams. All topics will be thoroughly integrated with concurrent foundation courses.

COM 2044 - Principles of Clinical Medicine IV (4 credit hours, 1 semester)
This course will continue with covering a variety of topics from the first semester, including patient rapport skills, doctor/patient relationship, professionalism, communication and interviewing skills, history taking, performing physical exams, and documenting physical exams. All topics will be thoroughly integrated with concurrent foundation courses.

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Contact Us

Office of Medical Education

910 Madison Avenue, Rm 1002
Memphis, Tennessee 38163
Phone: 901-448-5506
Fax: 901-448-1488

Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education
Clint W. Snyder, PhD, MBA

Executive Dean:
David M. Stern, M.D.