Foundations Phase

The Foundations Phase curriculum is fifteen months in length and consists of seven integrated, interdisciplinary block courses which bring together basic, clinical and social sciences into a single course, along with a longitudinal clinical curriculum called Foundations of Clinical Medicine (FCM). Pathology, Histology, Pharmacology, and Anatomy & Embryology / Human Form and Function threads (anatomy, ultrasound, and imaging) are integrated across all blocks.

Foundations Phase Curriculum

The following is a comprehensive list of all courses and credits that students register for in the Foundations Phase.

  • MEDSCI 500: Foundations of Clinical Medicine (FCM, 2 credits)
  • MEDSCI 510: Fundamentals of Medical Science & Research (FMR, 13 credits)

  • MEDSCI 502: Foundations of Clinical Medicine (FCM, 3 credits)
  • MEDSCI 530: Infections & Immunity (I&I, 10 credits)
  • Autumn Integration week, Term 1
  • MEDSCI 520: Cancer, Hormones, & Blood (CHB, 10 credits)

  • MEDSCI 506: Foundations of Clinical Medicine (FCM, 4 credits)
  • MEDSCI 553: Respiration & Regulation (R&R, 10 credits)
  • Spring Integration week, Term 2
  • MEDSCI 556: Head, Neck, Gut (HNG, 8 credits)

  • MEDSCI 501: Independent Investigative Inquiry (III or Triple I, 6 credits)
  • MEDSCI 524: Medicine, Health, & Society II (MHS II, 3 credits)

Foundations Curriculum Resources

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Additional Requirements

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Electives and Enrichment


Preparing for the Patient Care Phase

Curriculum Development