Life Stages is the first course in the spring semester of the M1 year, and it is designed to introduce the students to a clinical medicine perspective and to the biopsychosocial model of health and disease, placing the basic aspects of human development and aging into the clinical context. The curriculum spans topics such as normal growth and development, sexuality, stressors, sleep patterns, injuries, safety, substance use, and nutritional changes across the lifespan. Issues related to end-of-life care, preventive medicine, cultural competency, care of caregivers, goals of care and ethical, moral and social aspects of medicine are introduced during this course.