First-year medical students complete a two-quarter sequence of three required courses in Medical Biochemistry, the educational goals of which are to understand the major biochemical concepts of cell, tissue, and organ function in health and diseases. These goals are achieved through lecture sessions, simulated patients, small group case studies, and readings in the biomedical literature. A problem-based format is used for small group clinical case studies. In addition to the required 1500-1502 courses, the Biochemistry faculty teaches three elective courses: Clinical Nutrition, Research Design, and Nutrient and Drug Biomembrane Transport. Faculty members also accept students into a research elective program.