Clinical Microbiology & Immunology
Essentials of Clinical Medicine 3-4
General and Systemic Pathology
The second (M2) year provides the transition from fundamentals of molecular medicine to actual clinical experience. The curriculum focuses on developing a fundamental knowledge base that will enable the student to understand and integrate pathology, microbiology and immunology, and pathophysiology of the patient at every age and in states of both health and disease, as well as the pharmacological principles underlying patient response to treatment. As in the first year, the M2 year integrates didactic lectures with laboratory skills and other active learning methodologies, including the use of Team-Based Learning in some courses. During this year of ECM, students hone their hands-on skills in taking a history, performing a physical examination, and also learn rudiments of clinical decision-making and problem-solving. Clinical experience continues with the physician preceptor, and broadens to include hospital practica spaced throughout the year. Plenary and small group sessions discuss aspects of the profession such as evidence-based medicine, preventive care, health promotion, ethical and legal standards, and the role of both the patient and other health care providers within the larger community.
Click on the links above 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 M2 courses is a graduation requirement.
Medical School–Required Student Testing: Students are required to take various nationally administered tests during the course of their academic studies. The USMLE Step 1 test is generally taken at the end of the 2nd year. In order to continue the four year path, students should try to avoid any delays to taking this exam.