P R E C L I N I C A L S C I E N C E S
School Of Medicine
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.
C O U R S E S T R U C T U R E
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 optimise 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 customise the students’ academic plan so the student can best utilise 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.
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