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 514

Patient, Physician & Society

 

Final P/F & %

Neeley/Mast

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 & Therapeutics

3

Final P/F with %

Koles/Trout

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 %

Krishnamurthy/Trevino

SMD 543

Cardiovascular

4

Final P/F with %

Janz

SMD 552

Respiratory

3

Final P/F with %

Pickett

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