MS2 Curriculum Descriptions

The Gastrointestinal Module module builds on the concepts learned in Foundations and other systems modules further enhancing their knowledge base in anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, pathology, and clinical expertise pertaining to the field of gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition. This module uses a variety of pedagogies, including didactic lectures, problem-based learning (PBL) cases and independent study. Doctoring 3 concepts are integrated into this module.

The Nervous System and Behavior Module (NSB) is a team-taught course that provides an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the nervous system and behavior. The module consists of multi-modal learning approaches: lectures, clinical presentations with patients, laboratory sessions, clinical correlations, small group learning exercises, self-study exercises and problem-based learning (PBL) cases.  The ultimate objectives and goals of the NSB Module are to provide an understanding of the structure, function and dysfunction of the nervous system. Mental illness, behavioral dysfunction, and substance use issues are presented from a biopsychosocial perspective with both pharmacological and psychological interventions for treatment.

This module focuses on hypothalamic-pituitary axis, and normal growth patterns and growth disorders. Students will learn about diagnostic strategies and therapeutic options for various diseases including pituitary, metabolic, adrenal and thyroid disorders. Students will also be introduced to the diagnosis and pharmacologic management of osteoporosis.

Doctoring 3 builds on skills gained from Doctoring 1 & 2 (interview, comprehensive/focused history, comprehensive/focused physical exam) to evaluate patients with diseases and symptoms, and document patient encounters in an organized, accurate manner. The student will be able to integrate clinical and basic science knowledge in order to: analyze basic laboratory results; develop a differential diagnosis; determine a basic science pathology and pathophysiology. The student will be able to integrate their own experiences during the course with longitudinal theme content to describe in depth at least two key lessons learned by attending an interprofessional patient safety meeting.

This module focuses on hormonal regulation of reproductive function, evaluation and management of infertility, and pregnancy, including preconception planning and the physiology of birth. Students will be introduced to the management of diabetes, hypertension, and infectious diseases during pregnancy. They will also learn about uterine, ovarian and breast pathology, as well as the genetics of breast and gynecologic malignancies. Students will also be introduced to breast imaging and the medical treatment of breast cancer, as well as management of sexually transmitted infections and male genitourinary pathology. Students will discuss sexual identity, sexual function, and the reproductive health of older adults.

Students will learn about the morphology, pathophysiology, clinical presentations and management of common skin disorders. They will spend time in the dermatology clinic where they will have the opportunity to perform skin examinations, and learn about evaluating and diagnosing skin conditions. Students will also learn about various bone disorders and soft tissue malignancies, including pathophysiology, diagnosis, differential diagnosis, management and treatment. The approach to various forms of musculoskeletal pain, relevant physiology, and treatments will be explored.

Students in this course learn the practical skills they will need for their 3rd year clerkships. The course covers airway control, intravenous access, blood sampling, lumbar puncture, wound management, ECG interpretation, surgical scrub training and non-invasive monitoring.