First-year students study in Carbondale. The year consists of 38 weeks divided into three units organized around organ systems.
Curriculum materials are designed to guide students primarily to anatomy, behavioral science, biochemistry, clinical medicine, and physiology. Cases also incorporate elements of embryology, genetics, immunology, molecular biology, pharmacology, and population health and prevention. History taking and physical examination skills are taught concurrently in all units.
History taking and physical examination skills are taught concurrently in all units. Students work with standardized patients beginning in the first week of the curriculum, and they begin working with real patients in the fourth week, under the supervision of a physician mentor.
- CRR – Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Renal (14 weeks)
- NMB – Neural, Muscular, Behavioral (12 weeks)
- ERG – Endocrine, Reproduction, Gastrointestinal (12 weeks)
Examinations are administered at mid-unit (CRR and NMB only) and end-of-unit on a pass/fail grading scale.