Fundamentals is a 16-week multidisciplinary course, which will focus on presentation of core principles and key concepts in the basic science disciplines that are traditionally included in a first and second-year medical school curriculum. The specific basic science disciplines that will be introduced include: Anatomy, Histology, Embryology, Neurosciences, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, Physiology, Pathology, Immunology, Microbiology, and Pharmacology. This instruction will provide a foundation upon which additional and more specific information in each discipline can subsequently be added during organ-system modules throughout the remainder of the first and second years. In addition to providing basic science medical knowledge, there will be continuous clinical correlation throughout the course, which will demonstrate and reinforce the clinical relevance of this material. Because of the expected diversity that will exist among the medical students, another intent of Fundamentals is to "level the playing field", so that upon completion of the course, all students will have acquired and possess the same fund of medical knowledge, regardless of previous education or experience. The Fundamentals curriculum will be presented in various formats, which will include: didactic lectures, “flipped” lectures, active learning groups, clinical case discussions, team-based learning exercises (TBLs), laboratory/practical experiences, self-directed learning activities, and review and remediation sessions. This multi-dimensional approach to the curriculum is designed to help students not only acquire medical knowledge, but also develop habits of critical thinking. In the active learning groups, faculty facilitators will help guide students through weekly investigation and discussion of clinical case studies. These activities will enable students to acquire competency in communication, team-building, teamwork, management, and leadership skills. The curriculum requires students to assume an active role in their own medical education and will begin the process of developing them as lifelong learners.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: