In the First Year


A short preview of what is being taught in the doctor of medicine program this month, by course




1st Year Students start July 29


White Coat Ceremony is Friday August 2, 6PM - Reynold Theater of the Bryan Center
Changes to MCT, HSF and B&B courses:

We are excited to announce that Molecules, Cells & Tissues, Human Structure and Function (formerly Normal Body), and Brain & Behavior have now been merged into a single, 23-week-long course entitled Human Structure and Function, the overall goal of which is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the structure and function of the entire human body from the level of molecules and cells to the whole organism.  A team of longitudinal content directors in each of the core biomedical sciences disciplines (anatomy and embryology, histology and cell biology, physiology, biochemistry, genetics, and neurobiology) in coordination with a single longitudinal clinical content director will oversee the integration of each discipline across the entire course.  These course directors include many familiar faces and a few new ones as well:

  • Physiology and overall course director: Dr. Jen Carbrey
  • Anatomy: Drs. Daniel Schmitt and Angel Zeininger
  • Embryology and Histology: Dr. Matt Velkey
  • Biochemistry: Dr. Richard Brennan
  • Neurosciences: Dr. Len White
  • Clinical Applications: Dr. John Roberts

In addition, we have two coordinators: Dr. Jamie Wood, who will coordinate the first 6 weeks of cell and molecular biology content and Ms. Patricia Loftin, who will coordinate the integration of all learning content into BlueDocs.  By merging the courses, there are now more unified course policies, regular assessment schedules and improved assessment techniques, and, finally, increased opportunities to integrate content across each of the organ systems.  Performance in each of the recognized NBME subject areas will be tracked longitudinally and students will be expected to achieve competency in each domain.  These changes also will engage students sooner in the labs: anatomy dissection will commence in week 2 of the course and in week 1, students will escort their cadavers to CT suites to have the cadavers scanned.  The cadaveric dissection process is often described as “the first patient” or, at the very least, the chance to actually lay hands on the human body and these changes now allow for that to happen much sooner in the curriculum.  Similarly, the very first day of classes will include a histology lab in which students can begin applying their knowledge in active learning experiences right away.