During the first semester of the PA program, the PA student will learn basic science foundations, pathophysiology, and therapies in a systems-based approach. 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 Disease and Therapy (DRx) I and II in the second and third semesters. The first semester courses and DRx modules, which include relevant pathology, pharmacology and diagnostic evaluation, are listed below and presented on the First Year Curriculum Map.* 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.
|Course Number||Course Name||Semester||Credit Hours|
|PS 700||Anatomy||Summer I/II||5 cr.|
|PS 701||Basic Medical Sciences||Summer I/II||3 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.|
|PS 220-223||Disease and Therapy (DRx)||Fall||15 cr.|
|PS 742||Clinical Practicum I||Fall||2 cr.|
|PS 224-226||Disease and Therapy (DRx)||Spring||15 cr.|
|PS 743||Clinical Practicum II||Spring||2 cr.|
|PS 744||Preventive Medicine||Spring||1 cr.|
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.