University of California, Riverside

School of Medicine



Years 1 & 2 Course Descriptions


Information about Year 1 & 2 Medical Education Courses

Medicine is an integrative discipline, pulling simultaneously from many aspects of science to focus on the medical concerns of individual patients. As students will function in an integrative environment, their preparation during the first two years is approached in an integrative manner, rather than through the traditional curricular structure of sets of parallel and sequential, independent, departmentally based courses.

Year 1 — Human Biology and Disease

 Block 1: Foundations of Medicine I

Surveys principles of genetics, and molecular, cellular and developmental biology in relation to human disease processes. Coverage includes basics of cell cycle regulation, gene expression, protein processing, signal transduction, ion transport and action potentials, genetics, embryology, cancer biology, immunology and pharmacology. Laboratory sessions provide an overview of cell structure and tissue organization along with thematically relevant concepts of histopathology.

Block 2: Cardiovascular, Renal, & Respiratory Medicine I

Surveys the organization and integrative operation of the cardiovascular, renal, respiratory and autonomic nervous systems and their responses to stress and disease. Selected laboratory exercises demonstrate key principles of electrocardiography, blood pressure regulation, renal function, body fluid composition and volumes, and pulmonary function. Laboratories emphasize methods for measuring cardiac, pulmonary and renal function.

Block 3: Gastrointestinal, Endocrine, & Reproductive Health I

Surveys gastrointestinal physiology, medical biochemistry and molecular endocrinology (with an emphasis on metabolic disorders and human nutrition). Coverage includes anemia, clotting disorders, hepatitis, alcoholic cirrhosis, diabetes, celiac diseases, osteoporosis, diseases of steroid metabolism, reproductive disorders, thyroid disorders, pituitary disorders, and pharmacokinetics. Gross anatomy lectures and laboratories cover upper and lower GI tract, abdominal cavity and wall, the pelvis and perineum.

Block 4: Musculoskeletal Medicine

Covers the structures and functions of the peripheral nervous and musculoskeletal systems with a strong clinical emphasis. Students learn how the brain and spinal cord receive sensory input, and control skeletal muscle, and are introduced to neurology. Gross anatomy lectures and laboratories focus on the upper and lower extremities.

Block 5: Clinical Neurosciences I

Covers the structures and functions of the central nervous system including the visual and auditory systems. Gross anatomy lectures and laboratories focus on the head and neck. Students are also introduced to the neurochemical basis of psychiatric disorders and psychiatry as well as neurogenetics.

Clinical Medicine: Year-Long Introduction

Students will be introduced to core clinical skills early in the first year of the curriculum through a variety of courses including doctoring, clinical skills, problem-based learning and preceptorship. Beginning in the first block students will explore connections between basic science knowledge and clinical medicine in a small-group learning environment, problem-based learning. Clinical skills and doctoring will introduce students to fundamental skills in communication and physical diagnosis. Each student will be assigned to a community-based preceptor with whom they will work throughout the first year to refine their patient care skills with real patients in an office-based setting.

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Year 2 — Human Biology and Disease

 Block 6: Foundations of Medicine II

Covers the pathophysiology, pharmacology, physical diagnosis and treatment of bacterial, viral, fungal and parasite-mediated infectious diseases; host defense and immunity; immune system disorders; topics in clinical hematology and oncology; and epidemiology and clinical reasoning skills.

Block 7: Gastrointestinal, Endocrine, & Reproductive Health II

Advanced clinical perspective of anatomy, biochemistry, pathophysiology, physical diagnosis and imaging associated with endocrinology, reproductive health and disease, GI diseases, gender-specific diseases, skin manifestations of systemic disease, common infectious diseases and therapeutics, common cancers, prevention, and nutrition.

Block 8: Clinical Neurosciences II

Covers advanced clinical perspective of neurology, neuropathology, psychiatry, and neuropharmacology that is coordinated with physical and psychological clinical skills development.

Block 9: Cardiovascular, Renal, & Respiratory Medicine II

Pathology and pathophysiology of these systems (continued), including hypertension, developmental disorders, therapeutics - pharmaceuticals and other treatments, clinical trials and epidemiology, common cancers, common infectious agents and therapeutics, and prevention.

Block 10: Integrative Assessment

Students are provided USMLE Board review presentations on various subjects, complete the NBME Basic Science Comprehensive Exam, and must demonstrate mastery of their clinical skills by passing the Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE).

Advanced Clinical Skills

In the second year, students will continue to refine their clinical skills in problem-based learning, doctoring and clinical skills. These courses will reinforce the lessons of the first year while also introducing students to more advanced techniques and focused application. In the second year, students will also begin the Longitudinal Ambulatory Care Experience, a two-year long continuity clinic experience. Students, working in small groups, will develop a patient practice in an ambulatory, community-based clinical setting.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

School Information

School of Medicine
2608 School of Medicine Education Building

Admissions Inquiries: (951) 827-7353
E-mail: medadmissions@ucr.edu

General Inquiries: (951) 827-4568
E-mail: medschool@ucr.edu

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