First Year Curriculum



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The first year of study consists of four core basic science courses and Medicine, Patients and Society I. The core basic science courses are taught sequentially as integrated block courses on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays; they are described below in the order in which they are offered. Medicine, Patients, and Society I is taught every Thursday throughout the academic year.
Molecules Genes and Cells
 
12 weeks, August through December
Course Director: Dr. Michele Fuortes, Ph.D.
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Human Structure and Function
 
15 weeks, January through April
This course is dedicated to the study of Gross Anatomy, Histology, Embryology, Physiology of organ systems, and clinical imaging of the normal human body. These disciplines are integrated and applied to the study of the following organ systems: skin and musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory, liver, biliary and gastrointestinal, kidney, urinary tract and endocrine and reproductive. Course Director: Lawrence Palmer, Ph. D.
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Host Defenses
 
7 Weeks, May and June
This course introduces the student to the basic concepts of abnormal human biology and is devoted to the study of General Pathology, Immunology, and the principles of Microbiology and Pharmacology. Course Director: Domenick J. Falcone, Ph.D.
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Medicine, Patients, and Society I
 
Thursdays, August through June
This course approaches the patient-physician relationship from the conceptual and practical perspectives. It teaches the development of a professional identity in the student; the basics of the medical history and physical examination; and connections between patients and their illnesses. The course brings together the following content areas in ways that highlight their interrelationships and connections: medical interviewing, physical and mental status examination, human behavior in illness, medical ethics, patients in their contexts, public health, risk factor assessment and intervention, biostatistics and clinical epidemiology. On Thursdays mornings, students attend introductory lectures, followed by small group seminars. Afternoons are spent at physicians' offices located at other areas Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester, and Long Island. Each student is assigned to one physician, a faculty member of the medical College who, as office preceptor, oversees the student's interaction with patients, relatives, and the office staff. Course Director: Joseph F. Murray, M.D.
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