During the first three semesters, the PA student will learn basic science foundations, pathophysiology and therapies in a systems-based approach similar to that used by the medical school. During the first semester of the PA program, many of the topics presented in the first year of medical school will be learned. As approved by the Medical Educational Committee of the BU School of Medicine in April 2013, PA students will take the second-year medical school courses entitled Diagnosis and Therapy I and II in the second and third semesters of their first year. These pathophysiology modules of these courses, which include relevant pathology, pharmacology and diagnostic evaluation, are listed below on the First Year Curriculum Map.
Mastery of medical knowledge and development of clinical reasoning will be assessed using multiple choice examinations, journal club assignments and preceptor evaluations. Clinical competencies such as history taking, physical examination, oral presentation, professionalism and medical record writing will be assessed using preceptor and faculty observation.
The curriculum of the first year has been developed so that each topic builds on a previous concept. As such, all coursework must be taken sequentially.
|PS 700||Anatomy||Summer I/II||5 cr.|
|PS 701||Foundations of Medicine||Summer I/II||4 cr.|
|PS 702||Physiology||Summer I/II||5 cr.|
|PS 703||Introduction to Research||Summer I/II||2 cr.|
|PS 704||Introduction to Clinical Medicine||Summer I/II||2 cr.|
|MS 220-223||Disease and Therapy (DRx)
|PS 723||Clinical Practicum I||Fall||2 cr.|
||Disease and Therapy (DRx)
|PS 743||Clinical Practicum II
||Preventive Medicine||Spring||1 cr.|