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During the Pre-Clinical Medical Sciences program there is the development and understanding of knowledge self-assessment which will prepare students for a world where medical practice is rapidly evolving.

Course Structure

The basic sciences program consists of lectures, practicals, tutorials, and moderated group study which provides students with the knowledge and understanding needed to start clinical medicine. In addition, there is the development and understanding of knowledge self-assessment which will prepare students for a world where medical practice is rapidly evolving.

The Pre-Clinical Medical Sciences program consists of 92 weeks and is divided into 11 blocks. Block Zero is 12 weeks in length while Blocks 1 through 10 are  8 weeks. The pre-clinical program consists of instruction in all the basic sciences, USMLE Step 1 exam preparation, and introduction to clinical medicine.

BS/MS program requires successful completion of the Block 0 curriculum.

 

 

B0

Block Zero – Introduction to Medicine; Primer of Organic and Biochemistry; Medical Ethics and Professionalism; Academic Technologies. Block Zero – Introduction to Medicine; Primer of Organic and Biochemistry; Medical Ethics and Professionalism; Academic Technologies.
Block Zero provides key foundation science content so all students are ready for the rigors of medical school. Block Zero provides a Medicine overview and ethics and Professionalism primer so all students are prepared for the challenges and fast pace of medical school. Block Zero also provides a comprehensive Orientation and review of time management skills required to optimize their ability to navigate the next four years of education. Block Zero also includes introductory assessments that allow the medical schools academic team better determine an individual student’s proficiency in key learning areas. Understanding a student’s strengths and deficits is very helpful for both the student and the academic team. We try to customize the students’ academic plan so the student can best utilize their time and resources. The assessments also provide key data to our Academic Enhancement team so they can better understand the student and target academic exercises that make use of a student’s time and efforts most efficaciously. Our goal is to make the student’s education with IUHS is as productive as possible. IUHS now starts the Biochemistry activities in Block Zero so students have more study time to master the concepts before being tested on the material in Block 1 of the MD curriculum. Block Zero is required for all programs offered at IUHS.

 

B1

Block 1 – Introduction to Basic Medical Science. This block introduces the student to the basic sciences of medicine including anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology and histology. Students will also be introduced to the working tools of Clinical Medicine, which includes taking a patient history, performing physical examinations and learning to construct a differential diagnosis. This is accomplished using virtual patient technology DxR Clinician and each Block will introduce a new case clinical case that compliments the knowledge objectives of the block of study.

B2Block 2 – Microbiology and Immunology. This block includes an introduction to the study of Microbiology, organisms involved in human diseases, virulence factors and principles of Therapeutics. The medical immunology section will include a study of cells involved in the immune response, humeral immune processes and the body’s responses to disease and hypersensitivity reactions.

B3Block 3 – Respiratory And Cardiovascular Systems. In this block, the student concentrates on the Respiratory and Cardiovascular systems, and will study both normal and abnormal processes. This will involve learning the underlying anatomy, embryology, histology, biochemistry and physiology of these systems, and the microbiology of the infections these systems are prone to. Therapeutic intervention for each problem is discussed.

B4Block 4 – Endocrine & Reproductive Systems. Endocrine & Reproductive Systems. In this block, the student will study the Endocrine and Male and Female Reproductive systems. The anatomy, embryology and physiology of these organs will be linked to the abnormalities that result in disease, and the treatment of these diseases will be examined. There is a major concentration on hormones: their biochemistry, and interaction.

B5Block 5 – Gastrointestinal and Renal Systems. Gastrointestinal and Renal Systems. Block 5 continues the study of Medicine focusing upon the Gastrointestinal and Renal Systems. The anatomy and physiology of digestion and excretion are a major focus, as well as the many diseases involving these organs and their therapy. This block has a strong focus on GI physiology.

B6Block 6 – Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems. Central and Peripheral Nervous Systems. This is an introduction to the field of neurosciences. Topics include gross anatomical structure & function, microscopic anatomy & function, neuro-physiology, pathology and microbiology of selected CNS diseases. Pharmacologic therapy for Neurological problems is discussed

B7Block 7 – Hematology, Muscle Disorders, Anatomy of the Extremities, Pathology, Dermatology, Behavioral Sciences, and the Febrile Exanthemas | Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System. This block focuses upon the Peripheral Blood, Bone Marrow blood, bone marrow and Macrophage-Phagocyticmacrophage-phagocytic systems, the Skin, and, and the related Pediatric Febrile Exanthems. There is an intensive study of all aspects of hematology and therapy of blood cell disorders. The histology, biochemistry and physiology of muscle including understanding muscular dystrophies, myelopathies and myasthenia will be studied. The anatomy of the skin plus the diagnosis and therapy of dermatoses and biology of viruses, and pathophysiology of various diseases such as smallpox, measles, rubella, herpes and varicella complete the subjects studied here. Anatomy of the musculo-skeletal system and its clinical implications is also covered in depth. The behavioral sciences section discusses Diseases of the musculoskeletal system are covered. Behavioral sciences topics important to clinical practice are discussed in detail.

B8Block 8 – The Eye, Ear, Nose And Throat, Dermatology, Congenital Anomalies, Tropical Diseases, Autoimmune Diseases, Legal Issues In Clinical Medicine And An Introduction To Epidemiology And Biostatistics. In Block 8 we progress to the study of the HEENT and integumentary organ systems. This block also includes a detailed study of specific infectious diseases, including tuberculosis, syphilis, HIV infections and tropical diseases. The mechanism of autoimmunity, and clinical aspects, laboratory diagnosis and therapy of specific autoimmune disorders including lupus, Sjogren’s Syndrome, and scleroderma are studied. Finally, the student studies the complex interplay between embryology, infectious diseases, and environmental injury. There are lectures on specific congenital anomalies and embryology of the head, face, G.I. tract, heart, great vessels and the central nervous system. Various specific legal issues in clinical medicine are discussed. In addition, lectures are presented in Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Environmental Medicine.

B9Block 9 – Comprehensive Assessment Program (CAP): A knowledge retention and review and USMLE Step 1 Preparation. This block involves an extensive preparation for the IUHS Exit Exam and the United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Step 1. The activities begin with the comprehensive DAR Assessment exam and targeted adaptive learning exercises to customize deficit remediation. The combination of Blocks 9 and 10 prepare students for the challenges of the new USMLE Step 1 and transition to clinical rotations.

Block 9 is an integrated module that includes the following activities:

      • A series of General Assessment and Subject Exams provided by IUHS Academic Enhancement
      • A series of USMLE world based activities DAR
      • A series of Q & A sessions with IUHS faculty members based on demonstrated gaps of knowledge determined from assessment exams
      • Plan of study developed in conjunction with the Academic Enhancement

B10Block 10 – Part 2 of CAP and Clinical Preparation. 

Block 10 completes the CAP process and DAR remediation Program/Insight review sessions and final Assessment Exams and then transitions to the final clinical preparations. This block ensures that students have robust preparation for their clinical studies and address any deficits they may have in their USMLE Step 1 preparation. Block 10 includes the final assessment of students’ performances in CAP and their readiness to take the USMLE Step 1 examination. It is also the final preparation for the student to prove competency in his or her clinical skills, and physical examination skills.
Customized Study: The Academic Enhancement team engages students following Blocks 9 and 10. Based upon the student’s individual diagnostic and performance results of CAP, the team creates a comprehensive report/assessment, plan and timetable for taking the USMLE Step 1 Exam.

 

Customized Study: The Academic Enhancement team engages students following Blocks 9 and 10. Based upon the student’s individual diagnostic and performance results of CAP, the team creates a comprehensive report/assessment, plan and timetable for taking the USMLE Step 1 Exam. 

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