BU School of Medicine (BUSM) Required Courses

  • MED MS 124: Integ. Prob. Ia
    This course description is currently under construction.
  • 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 students have a core and an experiential curriculum to further their interviewing skills and introduce basic physical examination skills. There are three lectures, seven small group sessions/physical exam workshops, nine online learning modules and 10 visits to a clinical site. For the clinical site experience each student spends ten sessions shadowing a clinician-mentor in a clinical 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. At the end of the semester all students 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, do a graded write up 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; health disparities and social determinants of health; legal and ethical issues relevant to the clinical practice of medicine; health policy and the structure and organization of the US health care systems.
  • MED MS 132: Integrated Problems 1B
    See IP 1A Description.
  • MED MS 141: Principles Integrating Science and Medicine (PrISM) MED MS 141 MTC&CTT (Molecular Foundations of Medicine, Cellular Foundations of Medicine)
    MED MS 141: 142: 144: 145: 146 146 Principles Integrating Science and Medicine (PrISM). PrISM integrates seven foundational basic sciences of medicine (Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Gross Anatomy, Histology, Physiology, Genetics, and Immunology) in a progressive hierarchy of 11 lecture- and discussion/lab-based modules that are grouped into five grading blocks. The year-long course begins with 'Molecular Foundations of Medicine', which focuses on basic molecular processes, followed by 'Cellular Foundations of Medicine'. 'Body Structure' modules present gross anatomy with complete cadaver dissection. 'Medical Neurosciences' explains the nervous system in terms of neurophysiology and neuroanatomy. 'Medical Immunology' and 'Genomic Medicine' modules focus on these two important disciplines prior to the final five systems-based modules, which examine the normal structure and function of the Cardiovascular system, the Respiratory System, the Renal System, the Digestive System in conjunction with nutrition and metabolism, and Endocrine and Reproductive systems. Clinical cases, patient presentations, and clinical applications, as well as on-line independent learning assignments, are woven into the PrISM modules throughout the course, providing valuable contextual, experiential, and active learning. This course replaces the material taught in separate discipline-based courses prior to fall 2015. The prerequisite 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
    In this course 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, male genital, and rectal examinations, and interview patients who have been programmed with substance use problems. Along the way they have specialized sessions in diagnostic imaging, cancer screening, the brief negotiated interview, and pediatric topics. All students are required to pass the standardized patient physical examination and substance use interview 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, 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: Disease and Therapy (DRx) 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: Pulmonary, Cardiovascular, Rheumatology, Renal, Gastrointestinal, Dermatology, Reproduction and Endocrine/Nutrition, followed by Neurology, Psychiatry and Hematology. The course concludes with the Oncology module in which students learn about the epidemiology, diagnosis, pathophysiology and treatment of oncologic diseases.
  • MED MS 221: Disease and Therapy (DRx) 221
    See MED MS 220
  • MED MS 223: Disease and Therapy (DRx) 223
    See MED MS 220
  • MED MS 224: Disease and Therapy (DRx) 224
    See MED MS 220
  • MED MS 225: Disease and Therapy (DRx)225
    See MED MS 220
  • MED MS 226: Disease and Therapy (DRx) 226
    See MED MS 220