DOCTOR OF MEDICINE PROGRAM - COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Anatomy is a visual science and the course is a study of the structural organization of the human body at the gross [macroscopic] and histological [microscopic] level. Course will include an introduction to microscopic structure of the body tissues and an overview of each of the major body systems with an emphasis on the relation ship between structure and function. The course will consist of daily lectures and laboratory. The students will dissect and identify the bones, muscles, organs, nerves, blood vessels, connective tissue and cavities of Human Anatomy. This will include discussions on nomenclature and orientation, anatomic terms, classifications of joints, surface and gross Human Anatomy, blood flow and nervous system control of the head and neck, back, upper extremity, thorax, abdomen, pelvis and lower extremity. Much emphasis will be placed on clinical applications.
The course consists of an integrated study of the function of and interaction between the Chemical and Physical properties of Physiology [skeletal, muscular, respiratory, circulatory, nervous, digestive, excretory, endocrine and reproductive systems]. This course will clearly enable the student to understand the mechanisms that is involved in the body so that it operates in a manner to maintain homeostasis. The diseases that occur [clinical applications] of the body’s chemical and physical does not function in a normal integrated manner is emphasized.
Involves the identification of cell tissues as seen through a microscope with consideration of the normal and abnormal cell structure and functions of the cell tissues.
The course involves the study of the development of the human embryo. Normal development and all the congenital malformations that may occur during the development are discussed. Emphasis is placed on clinical applications of the congenital malformations.
BIOSTATISTICS / MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY
This course involves acquiring a working knowledge of fundamental concepts, process and application of statistics to medical science. Students will get an introduction to the general statistical principles. The course will also help get a better understanding of mathematical data, charts, graphs and tables presented in biomedical publications. Students will also be taught report taking and students will be made familiar with currently used medical terminology.
This course will consist of lectures and laboratory and involve the study of the structure and function of the body’s nervous system. The students will dissect the spinal cord and brain. Neurological diseases (clinical applications) that occur with the abnormal structure and function of the nervous system will be discussed.
This course involves the study of the clinical basis of living systems. It is the key component of molecular biology, biotechnology, medical and other health sciences. A detailed study of the biochemical and or molecular structures and body metabolism is discussed. Also included in this course, is a clinical review of enzyme deficiencies, vitamin and mineral deficiencies and excesses with selected drug interactions and their metabolic consequences (clinical applications).
This course will present an overview of the human genetics as related to the study of inherited human traits and genetic counseling. The course includes lecture in DNA, RNA involving protein synthesis and genetic disorders and management.
MICROBIOLOGY & IMMUNOLOGY
This course involves the study of infectious agents and the ability of the body to have or acquire tolerance against infectious agents. Agents that are studied in this course include bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. Immunity and anti-microbial drugs are also discussed.
This course is designed to give a solid knowledge of the basic concepts, processes and application of Pathology, which is essential for medical practice. The thrust of the course is designed to involve giving an in-depth overview of general Pathology as related to cell repair, inflammation, neoplasia, infectious diseases and organ systems. The course will further consist of drawing together biomedical and molecular events in cell growth, process, regeneration and wound healing. In order to develop a better understanding of the clinical aspects of tumors, a brief discussion of oncogenes, cancer suppression genes and neoplastic proliferations will be covered in all major organs.
This course is a continuation of general pathology and involves the disease processes that occur in various organ systems [musculoskeletal, respiratory, cardiovascular, alimentary, hepatobiliary, nervous, endocrine, urogenital, skin and subcutaneous tissue] in the body. Emphasis is placed on the clinical applications and treatment of the various diseases.
This course involves the study of pharmaco-kinetics, drug administration, interaction and systemic responses. It also includes drug regulation and governmental controls and tolerance dependence including toxicology. This course is designed to emphasize student’s skill in making drug selection choices, which is highly important in medical practice.
This course involves the study of normal and abnormal psychological behavior of people and how to deal with patients that display abnormal behavior patterns. It also involves the psychiatric treatment that is applied to the various behavior disorders. This course is designed to help students develop a fundamental knowledge of the problems that patients bring to the physicians, which may run from memory loss to marital problems and stress from sexual dysfunctions to hallucinations.
CHILD ABUSE & HUMAN SEXUALITY
This course involves the study of the abnormal psychological behavior pattern and patterns of abuse in a child. The study of the anatomy of sexual and asexual organs in the child and abnormal sexual behaviors in children along with drug abuse and treatment in children are also discussed.
RADIOLOGY AND PHYSICAL DIAGNOSIS
This is a pre-clinical class and consists of lecture and laboratory and clinical studies. The medical diagnosis portion will train students in medical diagnostic and general medical protocol, procedure, cost and administration. This course will introduce the student to clinical application of the Basic Medical Sciences. The course will consist of the study of radiological imaging.
PREVENTIVE MEDICINE & EPIDEMIOLOGY
This epidemiology portion of the course involves the study of the causes of disease and their descriptive studies. The preventive medicine portion of the course will include the study of prevention [primary and secondary], parameters of screening test, sensitivity, specificity, the design of screening programs, pattern of mortality and morbidity in developed and developing countries.
INTERNAL MEDICINE [15 WEEKS]
Students build on skills acquired in physical diagnosis to include the completion of a thorough history and physical examination of primarily adult patients. Students will be a part of the clinical management team and given responsibilities for certain aspects of direct patient care under the close supervision of a preceptor. Students will have clerkship experiences in both inpatient and ambulatory care settings. Lectures will include the management of commonly encountered disease processes as well as an introduction to the use of diagnostic procedures. Students will be given direct assignments for research and expected to present them at clinical conferences.
SURGERY [15 WEEKS]
Students will be introduced to disease processes, which require various levels of surgical intervention. Initially, students will be taught the policies and procedures of the operating room to include scrubbing and the maintaining of sterile technique. They will have opportunities to do pre-surgical histories and physical examinations. Opportunities will be provided for direct practice of simple procedures such as suturing and wound care. Students will be able to observe and assist during various procedures in the operating room and participate in the follow-up and treatment of the post surgical patient in the hospital and in ambulatory practice settings.
OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY [08 WEEKS]
Students will be introduced to the normal course of pregnancy to include pre-natal care, labor, delivery and the postpartum period. Students will be taught the fundamentals of a proper obstetric and gynecologic history and examination. Observation and participation in a number of live births will be provided. Students will also have lectures and direct experience with various disease processes and complications of pregnancy and delivery. Students will learn the fundamentals of family planning and dealing with patients with sexually transmitted diseases.
PEDIATRICS [08 WEEKS]
This clinical rotation introduces the student to the challenging medical treatment of infants, children and adolescents. Students will initially learn to take histories and perform physical examinations on well infants and children in inpatient and outpatient clinic settings. The diagnosis and treatment of common illnesses will be emphasized but the student will have an opportunity to learn about the more rare congenital as well as acquired disorders.
PSYCHIATRY [08 WEEKS]
In a primarily institutional setting, the student will learn about the major psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia, affective and anxiety disorders. Special emphasis will be placed on the difference between organic and functional mental illnesses through taking a proper psychiatric history and performing a mental status examination. Students will be instructed in the judicious use of major classes of psychotropic medications.