Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Glendale, AZ Campus

Course Descriptions Overview

Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine

Prerequisites for courses may be established by the department that administers the course. Prerequisites are recommended to the Curriculum Committee for approval and are listed within the course description in the catalog.

On a case-by-case basis, prerequisites may be waived upon approval of the Department Chair of the department that delivers the course.

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Course Name

ANATG 1511

Gross Anatomy

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Students study the human body in a regional manner with sequential examination of the back, upper extremity, thorax and abdominal regions, and associated body wall structures. This is followed by the pelvic region, lower extremity, and then finishes with the head and neck. Included in the dissection of each region are the musculoskeletal, vascular, nervous and lymphatic components, relevant surface anatomy, and imaging. The lectures and laboratories are coordinated with the HISTG 1511 to provide an overall anatomic view of each region. Course uses a lecture-based format and student dissection of cadavers. Student progress is evaluated through written and practical examinations. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block I, fall and winter quarters.

Credits: 10

BIOCG 1511

Biochemistry I

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Course modules feature proteins and enzymes emphasizing structure-function relationships; cell biology emphasizing how cells move and divide; molecular biology emphasizing the role of nucleic acids in expression of genetic information; and intermediary metabolism emphasizing metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, and amino acids; and organs emphasizing the customization of biochemical pathways. Clinical aspects of biologic processes during the fed and fasted states are emphasized. Workshops introduce the biochemical basis of clinical laboratory tests and illustrate clinical applications of biochemical concepts. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block I, fall quarter.

Credits: 7

BIOCG 1522

Biochemistry II

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Course modules feature human nutrition emphasizing importance of nutrition in health and preventive medicine; human genetics emphasizing inheritance of selected genetic disorders; and cell cycle regulation and molecular basis of cancer; and various types of anemia focusing on biochemical and molecular basis; and hemostasis and its related topics. Workshops introduce the biochemical basis of common clinical laboratory tests and/or illustrate clinical applications of biochemical concepts. Selected workshops feature a modified problem-based learning environment. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block I, winter quarter.

Credits: 4

CARDG 1701

Core Cardiology Rotation

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This third year, 4-week rotation is designed to provide the student with a fundamental knowledge of Cardiology and to introduce students to basic procedures relevant to the practice of Cardiology. Both ambulatory and inpatient settings are utilized to expose the student to various aspects of the management of patients in a Cardiology practice. Rotation experiences include reading, lectures, seminars, small group sessions, and patient care management.

Credits: 6

CLMDG 1631

Introduction to Radiology

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Presented in the spring quarter of the second year, this course provides clinical lectures to prepare students to recognize and understand the utilization of common imaging procedures. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block II, spring quarter.

Credits: 1

CLMDG 1700

Introduction to Clerkship

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Introduction to Clerkship is presented in the spring quarter of the second year, and has as its objective to prepare students to start their clinical clerkship rotations. It is comprised of the following components: 1). Large group lectures on administrative and clinical academic topics relevant to the beginning of clinical rotations. 2). Observed Objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) which are conducted to evaluate and improve student’s history and physical examination skills and documentation writing skills (SOAP notes) prior to beginning clinical rotations. 3). Departments of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Surgery and Anesthesia lectures, group discussions, skills laboratories and/or workshops. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block II, spring quarter.

Credits: 2

CLMDG 1701

Osteopathic Clinical Medicine - Third Year Didactics

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Course includes: 1) Certification in Basic Life and Advanced Cardiac Life Support; 2) Objective structured clinical examinations (OSCEs) to evaluate student’s history and physical examination and SOAP note writing skills; 3) Large group lectures on administrative and clinical academic topics; 4) Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, and Surgery and Anesthesia lectures, group discussions, skills laboratories and workshops; 5) At end of third year, a series of OSCEs are graded on skills in: history and physical, interpersonal and communication, written documentation/SOAP notes. OSCEs are structured to mirror COMLEX-USA Level 2PE which students must pass to graduate. Must pass OSCEs to progress to OMS IV year; and 6) At end of third year, students must take a COMSAE Phase II examination and achieve a designated score to progress to OMS IV year.

Credits: 5.5

CLMDG 1801

Osteopathic Clinical Medicine - Fourth Year Didactics - A

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Osteopathic Clinical Medicine, Didactics, Winter Quarter is composed of lectures, workshops, and hands-on osteopathic manipulative medical techniques as well as osteopathic practices and principles that support the fourth-year curriculum. The course is presented over two quarters. The course is offered live on campus or may be viewed asynchronously if the student is not in Arizona. Student learning is assessed through quizzes after each session on Blackboard and via hands-on practical examinations.

Credits: 1.2

CLMDG 1802

Osteopathic Clinical Medicine - Fourth Year Didactics - B

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Osteopathic Clinical Medicine, Didactics, is composed of lectures and workshops that support the fourth year curriculum. Course is presented over two quarters.

Credits: 1.2

CMEDG 1613

Patient Care Experience I

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Students transition from a screening history and physical examination of patients without a chief complaint to a problem-focused history and physical examination for patients with a chief complaint. Emphasis on: 1) Generating differential diagnoses; 2) Obtaining a problem-focused history; 3) Performing a problem-focused physical examination; 4) Oral presentation skills; 5) Obtaining medical histories on patients; and 6) Documentation. Will formulate diagnostic and treatment plans through interactive Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs), and standardized patient exams. Individual OSCEs are designed to give students opportunity to conduct history and physical examinations on patients of various ages with different presenting complaints. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block II, fall quarter.

Credits: 1

CMEDG 1624

Patient Care Experience II

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A continuation of CMEDG 1613 with two major teaching goals: 1) Provide experiences in how to perform female breast/pelvic examination and male genitourinary/prostate examination. 2) Continue to develop skills in performing a problem-focused history and physical examination in an Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) or standardized patient with a chief complaint. Emphasis on: generating differential diagnoses, obtaining a problem-focused history, performing a problem-focused physical exam, performing a problem-focused history and physical examination professionally with proper interpersonal skills, developing an appropriate SOAP note. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block II, winter quarter.

Credits: 1

COREG 1560, 1570, 1580

Interprofessional Healthcare

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The Interprofessional Healthcare course involves the Colleges of Dental Medicine, Health Sciences, Optometry, Osteopathic Medicine, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine. The course is designed to teach all clinically-based students about each other's clinical programs, how they might interact together as part of an interprofessional healthcare team, and the importance of an interprofessional approach to patient care. The class consists primarily of online presentations that are delivered by interprofessional team members from each of the clinical programs. Associated quizzes will also be completed online. Occasional lectures, panel presentations, or group assignments may also be incorporated.

Credits: Each course 0.5

ELECG 1801

Elective Rotations

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There are 24 weeks plus 4 weeks of electives during the fourth year. Students may designate four of those weeks as additional rotation, study, interview, or vacation time. Elective rotations must be done in four week blocks. Students can petition the respective Department Chair to be allowed to split an elective into two 2-week blocks. Students may request to do electives in basic science or clinical research. Additionally, one 4-week elective can be used for an international rotation. All electives must be approved by the appropriate Department Chair. Additional policies regarding electives are provided in the Department of Clinical Education Policy Manual.

Credits: 36

EMEDG 1801

Emergency Medicine Core Rotation

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This fourth-year rotation consists of four weeks of emergency department experiences, and exposes the student to various aspects of managing patients in an emergency department setting. This rotation emphasizes diagnostic skills, ability to prioritize patient care and different views of problems that are usually seen only in the hospital emergency department setting.

Credits: 6

FMEDG 1531

Public Health, Medical Ethics and Jurisprudence

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The course covers topics and aspects of care necessary for the practice of evidence-based medicine, community medicine, and the provision of compassionate and humane patient care in accordance with law. Topics include an overview of the U.S. health system, epidemiologic study design and biostatistical methods, as well as the legal and ethical aspects of life and death, medical malpractice, professionalism, medical record documentation and patient privacy. Instruction is provided by epidemiologists, biomedical ethicists, attorneys, state medical board representatives, and other qualified topic experts. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block 1, spring quarter.

Credits: 2

FMEDG 1701

Family Medicine Core Rotation I

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The Family Medicine I core rotation consists of a four week experience in third year, which is primarily preceptor-based, but may include both ambulatory and inpatient settings. This service should expose the student to various aspects of the diagnosis and management of patients in a Family Medicine practice, including the incorporation of osteopathic principles and OMM. This experience is supplemented by small group tutorials, online cases and reading objectives.

Credits: 6

FMEDG 1702

Family Medicine Core Rotation II

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The Family Medicine II core rotation consists of a four week experience in third year, primarily preceptor-based, but may include both ambulatory and inpatient settings. This service should expose the student to various aspects of the diagnosis and management of patients in a Family Medicine practice, including the incorporation of osteopathic principles and OMM. This experience is supplemented by small group tutorials, online cases and reading objectives.

Credits: 6

FMEDG 1703

Third Year Elective

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Students may arrange for a third year elective rotation either in Arizona, or out-of-state site. Any out-of-state site must be approved by the appropriate Department Chair. In addition, out-of-state rotations require an affiliation agreement and/or teaching practitioner agreement prior to the start of the rotation and are subject to the current Department of Clinical Education Policy Manual. This will be initiated by the department once the Department Chair approves the rotation. Rotations may be done in any department-approved specialty. No rotations with family members are permitted.

Credits: 6

HISTG 1511

Histology/Embryology

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Students study the structure of the cell and the distinguishing morphologic characteristics of the four tissue types: epithelium, connective, muscle and nervous. This is followed by a microscopic examination of integument, circulatory, respiratory, gastrointestinal, and urogenital systems, as well as the musculoskeletal and endocrine systems, and structures associated with the oral cavity, pharynx, and larynx. This is integrated with the embryological development of each system. The lectures are coordinated with ANATG 1511 to provide an overall anatomic view of each region. Course uses a lecture-based format. Student progress is evaluated through written examinations that contain some image-based questions. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block I, fall and winter quarters.

Credits: 6.5

ICMDG 1511

Introduction to Clinical Medicine I

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Introduction to Clinical Medicine I presents basic history and physical exam skills and provides workshop experiences. Normal and abnormal findings are illustrated through clinical cases. The development of clinical reasoning skills is emphasized. Training is enhanced by guest lecturers, and history and physical experiences. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block I, fall quarter.

Credits: 3

ICMDG 1522

Introduction to Clinical Medicine II

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Introduction to Clinical Medicine II presents basic history and physical exam skills and provides workshop experiences. Normal and abnormal findings are illustrated through clinical cases. The development of clinical reasoning skills is emphasized. Training is enhanced by guest lecturers, blood draw and injection labs, and history and physical experiences. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block I, winter quarter.

Credits: 2

ICMDG 1533

Introduction to Clinical Medicine III

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Introduction to Clinical Medicine III presents basic history and physical exam skills and provides laboratory experiences. Normal and abnormal findings are illustrated through clinical cases. The development of clinical reasoning skills is emphasized. Training is enhanced by standardized patients, guest lecturers, and history and physical experiences. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block I, spring quarter.

Credits: 2.5

ICMDG 1614

Introduction to Clinical Medicine IV

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ICM IV is a case-based curriculum. Each week, a new case is presented, and students must obtain a history and physical examination on the patient. Students work in groups to determine problem lists, differentials and treatment plans. Students write SOAP notes and prescriptions based on their clinical case. An in-depth discussion of the case is provided by the faculty the following week. Afternoon sessions of this course provide further clinical correlations with a strong focus on the pulmonary and cardiovascular systems. Evidence-based medicine, study design, and biostatistics are introduced. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block II, fall quarter.

Credits: 4.5

ICMDG 1625

Introduction to Clinical Medicine V

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ICM V is a case-based curriculum. Each week, a new case is presented, and students must obtain a history and physical examination on the patient. Students work in groups to determine problem lists, differentials and treatment plans, and write SOAP notes, prescriptions, admission notes, and admission orders in an EMR. An in-depth discussion of the case is provided by the faculty the following week. Afternoon sessions of this course provide further clinical correlations with a strong focus on the gastrointestinal, renal, and genitourinary systems. More topics in evidence-based medicine and biostatistics are covered. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block II, winter quarter.

Credits: 4.5

ICMDG 1630

Introduction to Clinical Medicine VI

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ICM VI clinical lectures concentrate on topics to ready the student for rotations. In this case-based curriculum, students work in groups to determine problem lists, differential diagnoses, and initial treatment plans, and write notes, prescriptions, and admission orders. Use of an electronic medical record is encouraged. An in-depth discussion of the case is provided by the faculty the following week. Additional sessions of this course provide clinical correlations with a strong focus on the endocrine and dermatologic systems, as well as obstetrics and gynecology. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block II, spring quarter.

Credits: 3

IMEDG 1701

General Internal Medicine Core Rotation I

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During the third year, each student will participate in two 4-week rotations in Internal Medicine. General Internal Medicine Core Rotation I includes hospital residency-based training or department-based training. Reading assignments, learning objectives, small group sessions, and lectures will supplement the clinical experience.

Credits: 6

IMEDG 1702

General Internal Medicine Core Rotation II

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During the third year, each student will participate in two 4-week rotations in Internal Medicine. General Internal Medicine Core Rotation II includes hospital department-based training or ambulatory internal medicine. Reading assignments, learning objectives, small group sessions, and lectures will supplement the clinical experience.

Credits: 6

IMEDG 1803

Subspecialty Internal Medicine Core Rotation

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During the fourth year, each student will participate in at least one 4-week medical sub-specialty rotation in a discipline of their choice. Appropriate subspecialties include, but are not limited to Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Hematology, Oncology, Rheumatology, Pulmonology, Neurology, Infectious Disease, Nephrology, Immunology, and Endocrinology. Rotation specific reading objectives supplement the clinical experience for each specialty.

Credits: 6

IMEDG 1804

Critical Care Core Rotation

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Each fourth year student will participate in a 4-week Critical Care rotation. The objectives for this rotation include examining, studying and participating in the management of patients in the hospital critical care setting. The student will become familiar with many common and some uncommon presentations encountered by the critical care physician, and will observe and perform procedures indicated for each patient.

Credits: 6

IMEDG 1804

Surgical Intensive Care Unit Core Rotation (alt. choice)

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In fourth year, students may request a 4-week Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU) Core Rotation as an alternative to a medical Critical Care Core Rotation. Students must be assigned by Department of Surgery and Anesthesia before scheduling. Objectives for rotation: examining, studying, and participating in management of surgical patients in a hospital SICU setting. Students become familiar with many common and uncommon presentations encountered by surgeons and critical care physicians, and observe and perform procedures for each surgical patient. Students are responsible for all required Critical Care Core Rotation material and additional SICU material. Must pass the Critical Care Core Rotation exam and 15 additional SICU questions.

Credits: 6

MICRG 1531

Immunology

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This course uses a didactic approach for a comprehensive coverage of immunology. Students are presented with information pertinent to fundamental principles of immunology, the cells and cell products involved in host defense mechanisms, their origin, function, and their roles in health, infectious processes, and in immunologic disorders and deficiencies. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block I, spring quarter.

Credits: 3

MICRG 1611

Microbiology

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Covers basic morphologic, culture techniques, physiology, virulence determinants, and antigenic characteristics of microorganisms with special emphasis on factors pertinent to clinical medicine. Topics: principles of microbial genetics and chemotherapy; organ system approach to viral, bacterial, fungal, and parasitic agents of disease, and their biologic characteristics, natural history, public health importance, course of infection, and host interaction. Lab exercises and demonstrations help develop microbiologic skills applicable for clinical practice and acquaint students with available diagnostic lab tests and interpretation. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block II, fall and winter quarter.

Credits: 10

NEURG 1531

Neuroscience

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Students study the anatomy of the nervous system and clinical correlations related to various pathways. Systems are studied in the following order: somatosensory, motor, visual, vestibular, auditory, limbic, hypothalamus, and autonomic nervous system. Course concludes with higher order functions related to cerebral cortex. Throughout course, the basic anatomy is presented in the context of neurological disorders that involve the system or pathway being studied. Course uses a lecture-based format. Student progress is evaluated through written examinations that contain some image-based questions. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block I, spring quarter.

Credits: 6.5

OBGYG 1701

Obstetrics/Gynecology Core Rotation

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This third year, 4-week rotation is designed to provide the student with the fundamental knowledge base in obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN). The student will be introduced to basic procedures relevant to the practice of OB/GYN, to facilitate an understanding of the approach to clinical problem solving in OB/GYN, and promote acquisition of skills in the diagnosis, management, and prevention of common obstetrical and gynecological conditions. Practice settings include both hospital residency-based and ambulatory center-based sites.

Credits: 6

OMEDG 1511

Osteopathic Medicine I

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Weekly one-hour lectures followed by three-hour laboratory sessions. Instruction begins with an orientation to the osteopathic profession including the distinctive contribution of the osteopathic profession to the delivery of health care. The laboratory sessions reinforce lecture content and identify and develop the practical skills needed to diagnose and treat patients. Early laboratory periods emphasize palpation, identification of anatomic landmarks, evaluation of motion, and evaluation of soft tissues. Diagnostic and manipulative treatment procedures are taught. Normal anatomy and physiology are emphasized. Students are evaluated by midterm and final written examinations and a practical examination. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block I, fall quarter.

Credits: 2.5

OMEDG 1522

Osteopathic Medicine II

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Weekly one-hour lectures followed by three-hour laboratory sessions. Laboratory sessions reinforce material presented in lectures and identify and develop the practical skills needed to diagnose and treat patients. Additional diagnostic procedures and manipulative treatment procedures will be taught in the laboratory. The course progresses into the pathophysiology of musculoskeletal system and structural-functional disturbances that can occur. Multiple classifications of technique are taught for clinical practice and to prepare for the national board examination. Students are evaluated by midterm and final written examinations and a practical examination. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block I, winter quarter.

Credits: 2.5

OMEDG 1533

Osteopathic Medicine III

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A weekly one-hour lecture followed by a three-hour laboratory session. Laboratory sessions are designed to reinforce material presented in lectures and to identify and develop the practical skills needed to diagnose and treat patients. Musculoskeletal findings and the somatic components of disease covering all organ systems are presented throughout the year. Students are evaluated by midterm and final written examinations and a practical examination. At the conclusion of the first year, the medical student is expected to demonstrate proficiency in diagnostic palpation and simple, basic manipulative procedures. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block I, spring quarter.

Credits: 2.5

OMEDG 1614

Osteopathic Medicine IV

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Weekly one-hour lectures followed by three-hour laboratory sessions. Laboratory sessions reinforce material presented in lectures. It also identifies and develops the practical skills needed to diagnose and treat patients. Additional diagnostic procedures and manipulative treatment procedures will be taught in the laboratory. The second year is an expansion and continuation of the previous year's work and the material is presented in the context of clinical problem solving. The sequence of material is coordinated with material presented in other second year courses. Students are evaluated by midterm and final written examinations and a practical examination. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block II, fall quarter.

Credits: 2.5

OMEDG 1625

Osteopathic Medicine V

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Weekly one-hour lectures followed by three-hour laboratory sessions. Laboratory sessions reinforce material presented in lectures and identifies and develops the practical skills needed to diagnose and treat patients. Additional diagnostic procedures and manipulative treatment procedures will be taught in the laboratory. The second year is an expansion and continuation of the previous year's work and material is presented in the context of clinical problem solving. The sequence of material is coordinated with material presented in other second year courses. Students are evaluated by midterm and final written examinations and a practical examination. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block II, winter quarter.

Credits: 2.5

OMEDG 1636

Osteopathic Medicine VI

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Weekly one-hour lectures followed by three-hour laboratory sessions. Laboratory sessions reinforce material presented in lectures, identify, and develop the practical skills needed to diagnose and treat patients. Additional diagnostic procedures and manipulative treatment procedures will be taught in the laboratory. The second year is an expansion and continuation of the previous year's work and material is presented in the context of clinical problem solving. Students are evaluated by midterm and final written examinations and a practical examination. At culmination of six quarters of instruction, there is a "Find It/Fix It" practical examination to test student's ability to diagnose and simulate treatment of an actual patient. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block II, spring quarter.

Credits: 2.5

PATHG 1611

Pathology I

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Introduction to basic concepts of pathology stressing altered cellular, genetic, and molecular mechanisms, and attempts to convey the dynamic nature of processes involved. By focusing on the organism as a whole system, the discipline of pathology can provide a bridge for transition by showing the interrelationship between basic scientific principles and the practice of clinical medicine. This approach provides a complete, medical overview of the disease process in relation to its histological, functional, and structural changes. Students have an opportunity to develop necessary skills to interpret and use laboratory data in describing and recognizing various types of injury to cells, tissues, and organs. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block II, fall quarter.

Credits: 6

PATHG 1622

Pathology II

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Continuation of basic pathology; course identifies causes and mechanisms of disease as they relate to specific organ systems as well as stressing the need for the medical student to understand the pathophysiology of disease and its implications to both the patient and the physician. Emphasis is also placed on the dynamic process of the pathologic progression of changes, adaptive responses, and therapeutic modifications as well as discovering how all these changes produce the ultimate clinical manifestations of disease processes. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block II, winter quarter.

Credits: 6

PATHG 1633

Pathology III

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Continuation of basic pathology; course identifies causes and mechanisms of disease as they relate to specific organ systems as well as stressing the need for the medical student to understand the pathophysiology of disease and its implications to both the patient and the physician. Emphasis is also placed on the dynamic process of the pathologic progression of changes, adaptive responses, and therapeutic modifications as well as discovering how all these changes produce the ultimate clinical manifestations of disease processes. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block II, spring quarter.

Credits: 5

PEDIG 1701

Pediatric Core Rotation

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Third year, 4-week rotation designed to introduce students to management of common pediatric conditions. Emphasis is placed on obtaining a pediatric history, performing physical examination, communicating with adult care givers, formulating differential diagnoses, and selecting appropriate diagnostic studies where appropriate. Students should be able to differentiate between normal and abnormal findings, provide patient and family education, well child examinations and anticipatory guidance, and begin to develop a cost-effective management plan that incorporates necessary referrals.

Credits: 6

PHARG 1611

Pharmacology

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This is a 3-quarter course dealing with all aspects of Pharmacology. General principles, toxicology, autonomic and cardiovascular drugs are covered in the fall quarter (4 hours per week). Topics in winter quarter include central nervous system drugs, hormones, gastrointestinal, asthma and allergy drugs (4 hours per week). The spring quarter covers all aspects of chemotherapy of infectious disease and cancer. There is an emphasis on clinical pharmacology, problem solving, making therapeutic decisions, and evaluating the patient's response to pharmacotherapy. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block II, fall, winter and spring quarter.

Credits: 11

PHYSG 1521

Physiology I

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Course presents the biophysics, functional properties, regulation of membrane transport, excitable cells, skeletal muscle, cardiovascular and gastrointestinal systems. A discussion of circulatory fluid dynamics, peripheral vascular tone, blood pressure, and electrical and mechanical activity of the heart is included in the cardiovascular section of course. Small group case discussions and workshops facilitate development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills using basic physiologic concepts to understand the pathogenesis of signs and symptoms in specific case studies. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block I, winter quarter.

Credits: 5.5

PHYSG 1532

Physiology II

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Sequel to PHYSG 1521 that builds on physiologic foundations developed during preceding semester. Course covers function, mechanism of action, regulation, and integration of renal and respiratory systems that maintain body homeostasis through fluid, electrolyte and gas balance. The endocrine section of course presents function, mechanism of action, and regulation of specific hormones. Small group discussions will refine critical thinking and problem-solving skills as students identify physiologic and pathophysiologic mechanisms underlying the signs and symptoms described in pertinent clinical case studies. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block I, spring quarter.

Credits: 5.5

MPSYG 1511

Introduction to Human Behavior I

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This module begins with a course introduction, which includes philosophy, course goals and Audience Response System (ARS) instruction. Students will be introduced to the three major medical models of practice followed by a discussion on professionalism in medical practice. The human life cycle is then covered beginning with childhood and progressing through death and dying. Special topics covered during this term include human sexuality, genetics and the biology of brain function and sleep disorders. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block I, fall quarter.

Credits: 1

MPSYG 1522

Introduction to Human Behavior II

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The second module begins with a discussion and illustration of how to perform a psychiatric evaluation and mental status examination. The major psychiatric disorders covered include: disorders of childhood and adolescence, attention deficit disorder, cognitive disorders, psychotic disorders, personality disorders, anxiety disorders, and concludes with a discussion on suicide. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block I, winter quarter.

Credits: 1

MPSYG 1533

Introduction to Human Behavior III

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This module will complete the review of the major psychiatric disorders including: somatoform disorders, eating disorders, dissociative disorders, sleep disorders, substance abuse, psychiatric emergencies, violence and comorbidity, physician/patient boundaries in medical practice. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block I, spring quarter.

Credits: 1

MPSYG 1634

Psychopathology

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Course focuses on treatment of psychiatric disorders discussed in MPSYG 1533. Diagnosis diagnostic criteria presented in earlier classes will be reviewed. The primary goal of course will be to develop a bio- psychosocial treatment plan for various psychiatric disorders. This will incorporate psychopharmacology, therapeutic modalities and coordination of care. Course will continue to utilize the Audience Response System (ARS) system to encourage group participation and enhance critical thinking. Case and video presentation will be used to demonstrate psychopathology. Offered in Pre-Clinical Block II, spring quarter.

Credits: 1

MPSYG 1701

Psychiatry Core Rotation

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Four-week rotation designed to provide student with a fundamental knowledge of psychiatry. It will help facilitate an understanding of the approach to clinical problem solving in psychiatry, and promote the acquisition of skills for the diagnosis, management, and prevention of acute and chronic psychiatric conditions. Ambulatory, crisis and inpatient settings are utilized.

Credits: 6

RURLG 1701

Rural/Underserved Medicine

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This third year required rotation focuses on the unique challenges faced when caring for patients in a rural or underserved area. Students complete a 4-week rotation in an area and specialty approved by the respective Department Chair. Please refer to the Clinical Education Manual for more information on rural site availability.

Credits: 6

SURGG 1701

General Surgery Core Rotation

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Rotation is designed to provide student with fundamental knowledge of surgery and introduce basic procedures relevant to practice of General Surgery. Residency, department and preceptor-based settings are offered. Students learn how to diagnose basic surgical diseases while acquiring basic technical skills needed to function efficiently and confidently in operative theaters, maximizing their learning experience. Students are required to attend Pre-Rotation Surgical Preparation (PRSP) skills lab prior to starting rotation. During rotation, will submit a case presentation to the department for review. Students must complete reading assignments and utilize computerized examination test review questions to prepare for Surgery Shelf Exam at completion of rotation. Final grade includes PRSP participation, quiz score, small group case presentation, rotation evaluation by preceptor, and shelf exam score.

Credits: 6

SURGG 1802

Subspecialty Surgery Core Rotation

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Students in the fourth year of training will complete a 4-week subspecialty surgery rotation. Building on the skills learned in the third year general surgery rotation, students may choose from a variety of surgical subspecialties such as Anesthesia, Cardiovascular Surgery, ENT, Orthopedics, Plastic Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Trauma, Urology, or Vascular Surgery. There is no post-rotation exam for this course.

Credits: 6