AcedemicsBASIC SCIENCE

Xavier University School of Medicine has earned its reputation for academic excellence one successful student at a time. We’ve combined a rigorous, system-based curriculum with a supportive learning environment that helps students stay on track to achieve their dreams.

MD 1

  • Fundamental Concepts – Introduces students to the basic terminologies required to understand various organ systems.
  • Musculoskeletal System – Normal and abnormal aspects of muscles, skin, bones, and joints are addressed.
  • Patient, Doctor, and Society I – This is the first course in a five-part series which includes Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Critical appraisal of scientific literature (CASL), Introduction to the study of medicine, Medical humanities, Early clinical exposure, as well as movie screening and classroom activities.  Students visit local general practitioners for clinical exposure during the first and third semesters.
  • Healthcare Quality Improvement I – This is the first course in a five-part series which includes the online Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) module and medical ethics.

MD 2

      • Nervous System – Students learn about normal functioning and diseases and therapeutics related to both the autonomic and the central nervous system.
      • Nutrition and Metabolism – Introduces students to important aspects of nutrition and metabolism and the online Nutrition in Medicine (NIM) module is offered by the University of North Carolina.
      • Patient, Doctor, and Society II – Using the foundation from the first part of this course, students move on to more advanced components.  They gain a unique perspective on the patient-doctor relationship.
      • Healthcare Quality Improvement II – More advanced issues in medical ethics will be discussed, using the foundation from the first part of this course.

MD 3

      • Gastrointestinal System – Introduces students to the normal functioning, diseases and therapeutics of the gastrointestinal system.
      • Respiratory System – Students learn about the normal functioning, diseases and therapeutics of the Respiratory system.
      • Patient, Doctor, and Society III – After a review of the skills developed in Patient, Doctor, and Society I & II, students will begin to delve deeper into the aforementioned components.
      • Healthcare Quality Improvement III – This course will provide a comprehensive study of the legal and ethical issues involved in the practice of medicine, after a review of the skills developed in Healthcare Quality Improvement I & II.

MD 4

      • Cardiovascular System – Students learn about the functioning of the cardiovascular system in health and disease and therapeutics and use of drugs to treat and manage disorders of this important system.
      • Hematopoietic System – Introduces students to all aspects surrounding the functioning of the hematopoietic system (blood forming) in health and disease and therapeutics and use of drugs to treat and manage disorders of this important system.
      • Patient, Doctor, and Society IV – After a quick review of the first three parts of this course, students will be moving into the more advanced components including a hospital observership.
      • Healthcare Quality Improvement IV – Students will explore the advanced legal and ethical issues that arise in the practice of medicine, after a quick review of the first three parts of this course.

MD 5

      • Renal and Metabolic System – Students learn about normal functioning and diseases of the renal system. They also learn about metabolic abnormalities and drug use in renal disease.    
      • Endocrine and Reproductive System – Introduces students to the normal functioning, diseases and therapeutics of the endocrine and reproductive system.
      • Infection and Immunity – Students learn about infections, the body’s immune response to micro-organisms, and antimicrobial agents. 
      • Patient, Doctor, and Society V – After reviewing all the skills learned up to this point, students will focus on advanced appraisal of scientific literature, movie screening, and group activities.
      • Healthcare Quality Improvement V – Students will move on to the most advanced, medically relevant, ethical questions, after reviewing all the skills learned up to this point.  
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