The main features of the Scientific Trunk, which is divided into six blocks, include:
- Launch orientation featuring M-Home house sorting and Doctoring small group assignments.
- Foundational courses in molecular/biological sciences, evidence-based care, host defense, physical diagnostics and therapeutics, infection, hematology and immunopathology, along with blocks of fused normal/abnormal vital functions.
- Chief Concern course and Interprofessional Education modules.
- Development of patient care and information management skills throughout the year.
- Additional longitudinal elements that start at this stage.
- Histology lab.
Foundations of Medicine Blocks
The Foundations of Medicine courses make up three of the six blocks during the Scientific Trunk and introduce students to:
- Biochemical, cellular and molecular process of the organ systems.
- Physical diagnostics and therapeutics.
- Immune system and its primary targets.
Vital Function Blocks
The three Vital Functions blocks consolidate the foundational material for related organ systems with both normal and abnormal physiology presented at the same time. Combined with related clinical cases, anatomy and histology, this makes for deeply integrated content that reinforces what you learn. Subjects include:
- Circulation, respiration and filtration.
- Nutrition, absorption, regulation and reproduction.
- Cognition, movement, sensation and behavior.
By the end of the Scientific Trunk, you will have gained a comprehensive skill set that prepares you for expanded clinical time in the Clinical Trunk rotations.
At a Glance
Please note, these diagrams are provided for reference only. Curriculum details are subject to change.
As a physician, you never stop learning. By focusing on foundational knowledge from the beginning, we help students continue to learn and understand that medical school is not an endpoint in itself. It is a huge advantage to acquire the skills for asking questions and figuring out how to go about finding the answer if it hasn’t been given to you.