Biennium I Overview

Two hard working students

The first two years are devoted to learning the basic science of medicine. Learning activities include presentations, small group case discussions, team-based learning modules, laboratory exercises, and standardized and volunteer patient interviews. Assessments include computer-administered multiple-choice and short essay examinations, laboratory and dissection practicals, essays, Team-Based Learning' modules, peer evaluation, supervised interviews with volunteer patients and evaluation by standardized patients. All students must successfully complete the USMLE Step One prior to starting Biennium II. All courses in Years 1 and 2 are Pass/Fail with a final percent score as shown below.

Year I Courses

The following are the courses in the first year:

Course
Number

Course Name

Hours/
Quarter

Grading
System

Director

SMD 512

Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM) I

6

Interim P/F & %

Binder

SMD 524

Medical Ethics & Professionalism

2

Interim P/F & %

Fernandes

SMD 513

Human Development

1

Final P/F & %

Roman/Neeley

SMD 510

Human Structure

11

Final P/F & %

Nieder

SMD 571

Molecular Basis of Medicine

7

Final P/F & %

Prochaska

SMD 572

Cells & Tissue Organ Systems

9

Final P/F & %

Ream

SMD 537

Biostatistics

0

P/F

Neeley

SMD 530

Principles of Disease

9

Final P/F & %

Elder

TBD

Electives

 

Final P/No Record

 

Year 2 Courses

Year 2 is divided into two academic grading periods: Medical Systems Term I (August-December), and Medical Systems Term II (January-May). One grade is given for each term.

Course
Number

Course Name

Hours/
Quarter

Grading
System

Director

SMD 542

ICM II

8*

Interim P/F with %

Binder

SMD 565

Clinical Decision Making

3

Final P/F with %

Raslich

SMD 535

Pathobiology and Therapeutics

3

Final P/F with %

Koles

SMD 560

Medical Neuroscience

5

Final P/F with %

Rich

SMD 562

The Mind

3

Final P/F with%

Roman

SMD 551

Hematology

2

Final P/F with %

Cambronero

SMD 563

Musculoskeletal & Integument

2

Final P/F with %

Ream/Trevino

SMD 543

Cardiovascular

4

Final P/F with %

Janz

SMD 552

Respiratory

3

Final P/F with %

Markus

SMD 554

Renal

3

Final P/F with %

Corbett

SMD 564

Endocrine

2

Final P/F with %

Koroscil

SMD 567

Reproduction

2

Final P/F with %

Duke

SMD 553

Digestive

2

Final P/F with %

Ritucci