MD Year 2 Curriculum

The second year of medical school lays the foundation for the clinical experiences of the third and fourth year. The educational theme shifts to the study of illness, with a focus on the body’s 12 organ systems

and processes. Courses cover the cardiovascular system, respiratory system, nervous system, hematology, endocrine system, reproductive system, gastrointestinal system, connective tissue and bone, renal system, dermatology, oncology and infectious disease.

In addition, courses continue to address the interface of patient, physician and society, and introduce clinical thinking and decision-making in today’s socio-economic and cultural environment.

Year2

  • Systems I
  • Systems II
  • The Art and Practice of Medicine
  • Case Based Learning 2

 

(MD 701) Systems I (16 credits)
Course Director: John L. Szarek, PhD, CHSE
Prerequisites: None

Course Description: This course is designed to provide instruction in the basic science and clinical foundation required for examination and treatment of disorders of the skin, muscles, bones, gastrointestinal system, blood, and kidneys. Emphasis is on the differential diagnosis, interpretation of tests and procedures, evaluation of results involving pathophysiology along with application of specific treatment interventions in the management of patients with diseases affecting these systems. The topics of quality and safety, medical informatics, economics and health affairs, cultural competency and diversity, ethics, interprofessional education, and family and community health will be also incorporated throughout the course as appropriate.

(MD 702) Systems II (16 credits)
Course Director: Gabi Waite, PhD
Prerequisites: None

Course Description: This course is designed to provide instruction in the basic science and clinical foundation required for examination and treatment of disorders of the cardiovascular, respiratory, endocrine and reproductive systems and disorders of behavior and the mind/brain. Emphasis is on the differential diagnosis, interpretation of tests and procedures, evaluation of results involving pathophysiology along with application of specific treatment interventions in the management of patients with diseases affecting these systems. The topics of quality and safety, medical informatics, economics and health affairs, cultural competency and diversity, ethics, interprofessional education, and family and community health will be also incorporated throughout the course as appropriate.

(MD 705) The Art and Practice of Medicine (22 credits)
Course Director: James Caggiano, MD, FAAP
Prerequisites: None

Course Description: The Art and Practice of Medicine (APM) is a year- long course that is a special expression of Geisinger Commonwealth’s mission. This is a broad vision course that addresses physicians’ unique relationship to individual patients as well as professionalism, professional development, cultural awareness, legal versus moral values, health systems, and quality improvement along with critical clinical decision making. The course is intended to build on the concepts and skills initially developed in Patient Centered Medicine. Both courses intend to foster students’ positive attitudes towards engagement with diversity and advocacy for the elimination of health disparities. Students through clinical reasoning will learn how medical decision making is influenced and practiced. Students will consider the complexity of ways individuals and families interact with themselves, the larger community and their environment. This course deliberately looks to build a bridge from the well-known, controlled environment of classroom performance to the clinical learning environment which brings the learner to address the complexity of people’s lives at their intersection with health professionals and our healthcare system. Diverse instructional methodologies for APM include a combination of interactive lectures, problem- and case-based small group learning, panel discussions, demonstrations, standardized patients, structured clinical exams, simulation and Community Weeks activities. This course is near the beginning of a lifelong learning and professional development process. A key tip to remember is to be open to learning more about others as well as yourself.

(MD 709) Case-Based Learning 2 (7 credits)
Course Director: Anthony Gillott, MD, FACS
Prerequisites: None

Course Description: The principle pedagogical approach of Case Based Learning 1 & 2 (CBL 1 & 2) is the discussion of clinical cases or health care issues by small groups of students. These ‘discussions’ complement content or activities of other courses in the first two years of the Geisinger Commonwealth curriculum.