Curriculum

Biennium I Overview

medical students in the classroom

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, peer instruction and Problem-Based Learning (WrightQ), 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 United States Medical Licensure Examination (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 2 is divided into two academic grading periods: Medical Systems Term I (July-December), and Medical Systems Term II (January-May). One grade is given for each term.

The Biennium I (BI) Electives Program is one of the unique features of the Boonshoft School of Medicine. Through the electives program, students are encouraged to immerse themselves in areas of particular interest which are relevant to their development as physicians.

Students are required to complete four weeks of elective courses during BI. This requirement must be fulfilled prior to starting Biennium II (the third and fourth years of medical school). Each elective course must be a minimum of two weeks in length. Additionally students must complete 60 hours of service learning electives during Biennium 1 comprised of a minimum of two service learning experiences with a minimum of 12 hours per service learning experience.

Both electives and service learning hours can be completed during the following periods:

  • Between January and May of the MS1 academic year (students must be in “good academic standing,” while taking electives during these months—the student has received a passing grade in all classes and does not have any pending mandatory assignments to remediate)
  • In the two week elective period immediately following the MS1 year
  • During the summer between the MS1 and MS2 years
  • During the MS2 academic year

Both electives and service learning hours can be designated as either faculty directed or student initiated. Faculty directed electives and service learning hours have been developed by faculty members, and are typically offered annually. These electives are listed in the BI Electives Catalog.

Student-initiated electives and service learning hours are developed by students in conjunction with faculty and community partners. A student may design his or her own elective experiences around a special medical interest, subject to departmental sponsorship and the routine approval process. Electives and service learning hours may be either domestic or international.

Year I Courses

The following are the courses in the first year:

Course Number

Course Name

Credit Hours

Grading System

Director

SMD 512

Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM) I

6

Interim P/F & %

Binder

SMD 514

Patient, Physician & Society

3

Final P/F & %

Neely/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

Final P/F & %

Neeley/Stolfi

SMD 530

Principles of Disease

9

Final P/F & %

MIller

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

Credit Hours

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%

Mast

SMD 551

Hematology

2

Final P/F with %

Gomez Cambronero

SMD 553

Digestive

2

Final P/F with %

Ritucci

SMD 564

Endocrine

2

Final P/F with %

Koroscil

SMD 567

Reproductive

2

Final P/F with %

Lindheim

SMD 563

Musculoskeletal & Integument

2

Final P/F with %

Krishnamurthy/Trevino

SMD 580

Staying Alive (Card/Resp/Renal)

10

Final P/F with %

Janz

 

Last edited on 08/04/2015.