BU School of Medicine (BUSM) Required Courses

  • MED MS 124: Integrated Problems 1A
    Integrated Problems 1A is a small group problem-based learning course in which medical students progressively learn to systematically dissect clinical cases. The skills developed in this course include: integration of concurrent course material and application to a clinical case, creation of research questions from a case presentation, research skills, and succinct presentation skills. In addition, students progressively develop clinical reasoning skills that will allow them to create differential diagnoses for clinical problems. Students gain experience working with their colleagues and a faculty member in a respectful manner.
  • MED MS 125: Introduction to Clinical Medicine 1 (A & B)
    In the fall semester, the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course provides medical students with an opportunity to interview real patients and to observe their peers interviewing patients. Conducting a medical interview is an essential skill for physicians. This course will help medical students learn to develop empathic listening, to establish rapport, and to be able to ask open and closed ended questions. It is also important to learn how to present clinical findings to peers and fourth-year medical students or attending physicians. In the second semester each first year student spends ten sessions shadowing a clinician-mentor in the ambulatory setting. The experience is meant to introduce the student to the practice of medicine (broadly defined) and allows the student to practice targeted parts of the medical interview and physical exam. In addition to the clinical sessions, students convene at the medical school for scheduled lectures as well as small group sessions where they focus on more advanced interviewing skills and the introduction to the physical exam. At the end of the semester they participate in a one case OSCE (Objective Standardized Clinical Examination) with a standardized patient where they take a history, do a targeted portion of the physical exam and receive formative feedback.
  • MED MS 126: Human Behavior in Medicine
    This course is designed to provide knowledge of human behavior important to the treatment of patients and their families. While knowledge of disease and its treatment are integral to medical care, understanding the patient as a person who suffers from an illness with his or her own beliefs about the cause and treatment of the illness is part of being an effective physician. Physicians who have an understanding of the aging and dying process can then help patients and their families deal with medical realities. Medical staff who have an awareness of the dynamics of addictions and domestic violence can hone their intuition as to what might assist the individual and the individual's spouse, children and elderly dependents. In addition, understanding the patient's sexuality gives a more complete medical understanding of the individual.
  • MED MS 129: Essentials of Public Health
    Essentials of Public Health is a course designed to teach the social, ethical, political and economic context of health care and also to teach the basics of epidemiology and biostatistics so that students can critically read and interpret the medical literature. The goal of this course is to produce well-rounded students prepared to practice medicine with a robust knowledge of the population-level factors influencing clinical practice. Topics covered will include the design, conduct and critical appraisal of research trials; quality improvement and practice transformation; translational medicine; the Affordable Care Act and its impact on the social determinants of health; relevant legal and ethical issues to the clinical practice of medicine; health policy, health insurance and the structure and organization of the US health care system.
  • MED MS 132: Integrated Problems 1B
    See IP 1A Description.
  • MED MS 141: Principles Integrating Science and Medicine (PrISM) MED MS 141 MTC&CTT (Molecules to Cells; Cells to Tissues)
    MED MS 141: 142: 143: 144: 145: Principles Integrating Science and Medicine (PrISM) The Principles Integrating Science and Medicine course is a two-semester course that integrates the foundational basic sciences of medicine (Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Gross Anatomy, Histology, Physiology, Genetics, and Immunology) in a progressive series of lecture- and discussion/lab-based modules, that are grouped into blocks for grading purposes. The course begins with 'Molecules to Cells', a unit that focuses on basic molecular processes involving related biochemistry, cell biology, physiology, and genetics. This first module is followed by 'Cells to Tissues', which integrates the biochemistry, histology, and physiology of basic tissues, including blood, and concludes addressing cancer, which incorporates germane aspects of genetics and immunology. The 'Body Structure' module focuses on gross anatomy with complete cadaver dissection integrated with relevant histology, neurosciences, and genetics. The 'Neurosciences' module, which falls before and after winter intercession, continues after Body Structure-3, and addresses the neurophysiology and neuroanatomy of sensory and motor systems, and limbic and cortical systems. Inserted next, before the system-based modules is a combined module focusing on the foundations of Immunology and on Genomic Medicine. The final five modules focus on the normal structure and function of the Cardiovascular system, the Respiratory System, the Renal System, the Digestive System coupled with Nutrition, and Endocrine and Reproductive systems. Each of these systems-based modules focuses on relevant physiology and histology, including embryological development, and spotlights appropriate biochemistry, genetics, and immune functions. Clinical cases and applications, as well as on-line independent learning assignments, are woven into the PrISM modules throughout the year-long course, providing valuable contextual, experiential, and active learning. This course replaces the material taught prior to fall 2015 in seven separate discipline-based courses. The requirements and learning outcomes of those foundational courses are unchanged for the integrated PrISM course.
  • MED MS 142: MED MS 142 A1 PrISM BS123 Body Structure
    See MED MS 141
  • MED MS 144: MED MS 144 A1 PrISM N&GM&I (Fall and Spring) Neurosciences, Immunology, Genomic Medicine
    See MED MS 141
  • MED MS 145: MED MS 145: PrISM 4 (Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Renal systems)
    See MED MS 141
  • MED MS 146: PrISM 5 (Digestive System and Nutrition, Endocrine and Reproductive Systems)
    See MED MS 141
  • MED MS 214: Introduction to Clinical Medicine II
    MED MS 214: Introduction to Clinical Medicine II In ICM-2 students learn the components of the physical examination and hone their interview skills in order to do targeted and complete history and physical examinations. Using simulators, models, and standardized patients, students learn to identify heart sounds, perform breast, pelvic, and rectal examinations, and interview patients who have been programmed with substance abuse problems. Along the way they have specialized sessions in diagnostic imaging, cancer screening, and pediatric topics. All students are required to pass the standardized patient physical examination and substance abuse standardized patient exercises. All must present four complete patient work-ups in standard oral and written format. The course prepares students for the End of Second Year Assessment, a three station clinical OSCE, that takes place in the Clinical Skills and Simulation Center, as well as for the third year clerkships
  • MED MS 215: Integrated Problems 2A
    Integrated Problems 2A is a course in which students continue to systematically dissect clinical cases, building upon the skills developed during Integrated Problems IA and IB. In addition to the learning objectives in the first year, by the end of this semester students should be able to differentiate subjective and objective information, identify further clinical data needed to assess a clinical case, and develop assessments and plans for each case. Students are continually expected to act in a professional and respectful manner of their classmates and their facilitators.
  • MED MS 218: Integrated Problems 2B
    Integrated Problems 2B continues to build on the skills and structure of Integrated Problems IA, IB, and 2A. In this semester students progress through cases more quickly and replace their independent research with research done during their group time.
  • MED MS 220: 221: 223: 224: 225: 226: Disease and Therapy (DRx)
    MED MS 220 221: 223: 224: 225: 226: The Disease and Therapy (DRx) course integrates the study of disease, including pathophysiology, infectious etiologies, and pharmacologic management in an organ-based context. DRx begins with an introduction to the fundamental concepts of microbiology, pathology and pharmacology in the Foundations Module and is followed by the Infectious Diseases Module in which the microbiological basis of infectious diseases and their pharmacologic treatment is addressed. Subsequent modules address diseases and disorders by organ system: Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, Gastrointestinal, Renal, Dermatology, Rheumatology, Hematology, Reproduction, and Endocrine/Nutrition. Neurology and Psychiatry are covered in separate modules. The Oncology Module is designed to cover cancers in each of the organ systems.
  • MED MS 221: Dis.& Therapy 2
    See MED MS 220
  • MED MS 223: Dis.& Therapy 3
    See MED MS 220
  • MED MS 224: Dis.& Therapy 4
    See MED MS 220
  • MED MS 225: Dis.& Therapy 5
    See MED MS 220
  • MED MS 226: Dis.& Therapy 6
    See MED MS 220