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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 Term

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

 

COM 20520

Organ Systems – Pathogenesis/Diagnosis/Treatment:

Pulmonary, Rheumatic, Musculoskeletal, Dermatological

 

7

 

COM 20530

Organ Systems – Pathogenesis/Diagnosis/Treatment: Endocrine, Reproductive/Breast, Urogenital, GI/Liver

9

COM 20430

Principles of Clinical Medicine III

4

LSP2.1 30210

Longitudinal Scholars’ Project*

1

 

TOTAL

21

Spring Term

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

 

COM 20540

Organ Systems – Pathogenesis/Diagnosis/Treatment:

Central-Peripheral Nervous Systems/Psychiatry

6

 

COM 20550

Organ Systems – Pathogenesis/Diagnosis/Treatment:

Infectious Disease, Immunological Wrap- Up

 

1

COM 20440

Principles of Clinical Medicine IV

3

LSP2.2 30220

Longitudinal Scholars’ Project*

1

PCM 30010

 

1

 

TOTAL

12

*Year-Long Course

M2 Course Descriptions

COM 20520

COM 2052 – Pulmonary, Rheumatic, Musculoskeletal, Dermatological (7 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 20530

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 20540

COM 2054 – Central-Peripheral Nervous Systems/Psychiatry (6 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 20550

COM 2055 – Infectious Disease and Immunological Wrap up Organ Systems (1 credit hour) Pathogenesis, Diagnosis, and Treatment:

This course will provide new perspectives on microbiology, immunology, and pharmacology 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 20430

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 20440

COM 2044 – Principles of Clinical Medicine IV (3 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.

LSP 2.1 30210; LSP 2.2 30220

LSP 2.1 30210; LSP 2.2 30220 – Longitudinal Scholar’s Project (1 credit hour), longitudinal course for the Fall and Spring term of year two.

The Longitudinal Scholar's Project (LSP) clerkship is a longitudinal clerkship spanning the four years of medical school. The course will introduce medical students to three basic areas: health research, patient safety and quality improvement (PSQI) and community and global health. The clerkship involves a longitudinal project in one of the three areas and culminates in a graded poster presentation. Rather than have every student participate in each category, the clerkship provides the students with a foundation of basic understanding in research, patient safety and quality improvement and community/global health, while requiring each student to do a project in one area to be presented at any time during medical school. The poster may be presented at a committee approved poster venue. Outstanding work will be eligible for awards. 

Last Published: Aug 13, 2019