Your first academic year is 51 weeks, which includes 12 weeks of selective opportunities. You'll begin patient contact early in Year 1.
The primary academic focus of the first six blocks is on the basic sciences:
- Basic Structure (Molecular Biology, Microscopic Anatomy, and Genetics)
- Human Structure (Gross Anatomy and Radiology)
- Normal Function (Pathology and Cell Biology, Allergy, and Immunology)
- Principles of Disease (Microbiology and Pharmacology/Therapeutics)
The Year 1 course "Basic Doctoring" teaches you basic principles of interviewing, taking histories and conducting a physical examination. You'll also become certified in Basic Life Support (BLS) and participate in growth and development courses.