The 52-week second academic year, including 16 weeks of selective opportunities, is a blend of clinical and didactic experiences, giving you:
- Opportunities to use clinical problems to study pathophysiology and to revisit the sciences basic to medicine
- Introduction to broad areas of clinical medicine
- The tools and background necessary to enter Year 3 clerkships
The organ systems approach is utilized, integrating the concepts of physiology, anatomy and pathology to teach the following systems:
- Brain (Central Nervous System - occurs at the end of Year 1)
- Fluids (Renal System)
- Circulation (Cardiovascular System)
- Digestive and Nutrition (Gastrointestinal System)
- Oxygen (Respiratory System)
- Hormones (Endocrine System)
- Musculoskeletal System
- Blood (Hematopoietic System and Immunity)
Sessions in the second year course called "Advanced Doctoring" introduce you to a variety of clinical experiences. Through them you'll develop a clinical database and acquire skills of observation and physical diagnosis. You'll evaluate patients under the guidance of a preceptor in several clinical experiences.
Clinical Experiences during Advanced Doctoring
- Internal Medicine
- Musculoskeletal Medicine & Rehabilitation
- Clinical integration with blocks (e.g., see dialysis patients while learning about the renal system, practice cardiac assessment skills on Harvey® at the simulation center during the circulation block).
Time is devoted to prepare for clinical clerkships. Topics covered include:
- Hospital Survival Skills (Transitions Course)
- Studying the Most Common Presentations (MCPs) in Ophthalmology, OB/Gyn, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, General Surgery, Dermatology, Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, ECG, etc.
- Musculoskeletal physical exam skills
- Evidence Based Medicine (EBM)
- Innovation in Medicine
- Procedural Skills
- Communication Skills — working with the care team
USMLE - Step 1
Five weeks near the end of the Year 2 curriculum are devoted to intensive review in preparation for Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensure Examination (USML).