During the first (M1) year, students build on the basic concepts in chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics, and the behavioral sciences mastered during their baccalaureate studies as these concepts apply to the basic structures and processes of human life. The curriculum in this first basic science year integrates didactic lectures with laboratory skills and other active learning methodologies, including the use of Team-Based Learning in some courses.  The instruction focuses on providing an understanding from the molecular level through more complex structures and pathways of the fundamental elements that constitute health. In Essentials of Clinical Medicine (ECM), students begin to see the application of the concepts learned in the classroom through a longitudinal patient care experience with a physician preceptor, through skills workshops teaching the fundamentals of taking patient histories and presenting patient data, and through plenary and small group sessions devoted to issues of professional behavior, ethics, doctor-patient interaction, and biopsychosocial aspects of medicine.

Click on the links below for a brief synopsis of each course.  The descriptions will include the major competencies students are expected to acquire, and list other essential elements and special features, including assessment. Satisfactory completion of all M1 courses is a graduation requirement.