Course Descriptions

 

PLEASE NOTE:

Georgetown University School of Medicine (GUSOM) is unveiling a new 4-year medical curriculum this August, and as always, the SMP is changing to mirror the M1 medical content. Our curriculum is now set and the course numbers are listed below. As you can see below, the new curriculum has medical courses running all year, but our structure allows us to finish several medical courses early --in the new curriculum three (instead of two!) med courses will be completed by mid October, and five will be completed in the fall semester.

The new GUSOM first-year medical curriculum is based in 4 modules that are integrated with basic and clinical material. While the SMP students will be receiving (and tested on) the same basic science lectures, we have extracted the material from the blocks and have  constructed the medical courses listed below (these courses are only used in the SMP program). To maintain the integrity of our grading, as always, the performance of the medical students (on the same medical exam questions) will be used to construct the grade cutoffs that will then be used for the SMP student grades.

A more comprehensive description can be found on the curriculum page.

The graduate courses are in an active-learning (flipped) format and complement the medical courses. We are delighted to be able to continue to provide an exceptional, highly rigorous program and stay at the forefront of innovation in medical education. 

For AMCAS application use the following classifications for your SMP coursework:

  • CHEM: Med Mol & Cell Physiol; Med Mol Biol & Metabolism
  • BIOL: Med Embryol & Intro to Anatomical Sci; Foundations of Physiology; Adv Physiol & Pathophys; Med Intro to Pathol & Immunol; Med Intro to Pharmacology; Med Cardiovasc Biol; Med Respirator & Renal Biol; Med Gastrointestinal Biol; Med Endo & Repro Biol; Grad Pharmacology
  • HLTH SCI: Biomedical Career Pathways; Biomedical Career Explorations
     

Course numbers for GUMC location:

FALL-GUMC

  • Medical Molecular & Cellular Physiology (IBMS-501-01), 3 cr

This medical course focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which cells receive and process extracellular signals, regulate gene expression, control organelle biogenesis, and divide or differentiate. It also explores the fundamentals of cellular metabolism and physiology. The relationship of these processes to human disease is emphasized as an underlying theme throughout the course. This course combines lectures with problem-solving workshops, clinical correlations, student-directed learning, and small group sessions. mechanisms by which cells receive and process extracellular signals, regulate gene expression, control organelle biogenesis, and divide or differentiate. It also explores the fundamentals of cellular metabolism and physiology. The relationship of these processes to human disease is emphasized as an underlying theme throughout the course. This course combines lectures with problem-solving workshops, clinical correlations, student-directed learning, and small group sessions. Prerequisites: for SMP students only. Thomas Sherman, PhD and Jessica Jones, PhD, Course Directors

  • Medical Molecular Biology & Metabolism (IBMS-502-01), 2 cr

This medical course will integrate the biochemical and physiologic aspects of metabolic processes, with a focus on nutritional impact. Lectures will center on the function and regulation of major metabolic processes involving hypothalamic-pituitary hormones; the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis; the endocrine pancreas; and calcium-regulating hormones. The course is lecture-based, and includes problem-solving workshops, clinical correlations, student-directed learning, and small group sessions. Prerequisites: for SMP students only. Thomas Sherman, PhD, and Jessica Jones, PhD, Course Directors

  • Medical Embryology & Introduction to Anatomical Sciences (IBMS-503-01), 2 cr

This medical course introduces students to the anatomical sciences, and includes histology and embryologic development. Prerequisites: for SMP and GEMS students only. Thomas Sherman, PhD, and Jessica Jones, PhD, Course Directors

  • Medical Introduction to Pathology & Immunology (IBMS-504-01), 2 cr

This medical course introduces foundational material including cell injury and repair, inflammation, neoplasia, antigens and immunogenicity, t-cell-mediated immunity, autoimmunity and other topics. This provides the basis for spring medical and graduate coursework. This course combines, lectures with problem-solving workshops, clinical correlations, student-directed learning and small group sessions. Prerequisites: for SMP students only. Marina Castilla, MD, Course Director

  • Medical Introduction to Pharmacology (IBMS-505-01), 1 cr

This medical course provides the basis of pharmacologic principles that will be developed in the systems medical courses in the spring. Topics include pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism, pharmacogenomics, and drugs affecting the autonomic systems. This course combines, lectures with problem-solving workshops, clinical correlations, student-directed learning. Prerequisites: for SMP students only. Marina Castilla, MD, Course Director

  • Foundations of Physiology (PBIO-574-01),  3 cr

This graduate course will provide foundational material in the physiologic sciences as well as reinforcment of concepts learned in the medical courses; it will also cover the physiologic basis of nutrition in health and disease. The course will combine lectures, self-directed study, in a predominantly flipped/blended classroom. Prerequisites: for SMP students only. Marina Castilla, MD, Course Director

  • Biomedical Career Pathways (PBIO-602-01), 1 cr

Biomedical Career Pathways is a seminar-style course taught by Professor Adam Myers and Staff, which consist of presentations on study and survival skills for students pursuing biomedical careers and alternative pathways for careers in medicine. Students attend study skills workshops, interviewing skills workshops, presentations on military medicine, primary care medicine, osteopathic medicine, and complementary and alternative medicine, as well as presentations on career pathways for specialty and subspecialty medical training. Evaluation of students will be based on participation and homework assignments. Jennifer Whitney, PhD and Adam Myers, PhD, Course Directors

 

SPRING-GUMC
  • Medical Cardiovascular Biology (IBMS-506-01), 3 cr

This medical course provides students with a comprehensive view of cardiovascular physiology, anatomy, histology, embryology, including hemodynamic function, and electrophysiology of the normal cardiovascular system, and in-depth study of the pathophysiology of cardiovascular diseases including cardiomyopathies, valvular heart disease, ischemic heart disease, vascular diseases, and congenital heart disease in addition to an understanding of basic respiratory pathophysiology and its application to patient care. This course combines, lectures with problem-solving workshops, clinical correlations, student-directed learning, gross anatomy non-cadeveric labs, and small group sessions. Prerequisites: for SMP and GEMS students only. Adam Myers, PhD and Marina Castilla, MD, Course Director

  • Medical Respiratory and Renal Biology (IBMS-507-01), 3 cr

This medical course provides students with a comprehensive view of the physiology, anatomy, histology and embryology of the normal respiratory and renal systems, and study of the pathophysiology of respiratory and renal diseases including obstructive disease, lung cancer, glomerular, interstitial and vascular renal disease, in addition to an understanding of basic respiratory pathophysiology and its application to patient care. This course combines, lectures with problem-solving workshops, clinical correlations, student-directed learning, gross anatomy non-cadeveric labs, and small group sessions. Prerequisites: for SMP and GEMS students only. Jennifer Whitney, PhD, and Aviad Haramati, PhD, Course Directors

  • Medical Gastrointestinal Biology (IBMS-508-01), 3 cr

This medical course will help students identify how GI structure (Embryology, Microscopic Anatomy and Gross Anatomy) integrates with function (physiologic mechanisms of GI motility, digestion and absorption, and liver and pancreatic function). Students will describe the mechanisms contributing to absorption of nutrients into the body and apply their basic medical science knowledge to clinical problem-solving. This course combines lectures with problem-solving workshops, clinical correlations, student-directed learning, and gross anatomy non-cadeveric labs. Prerequisites: for SMP students and GEMS only. Susan Mulroney, PhD, Course Director

  • Medical Endocrinology & Reproductive Biology (IBMS-509-01), 3 cr

This medical course will educate students on the endocrine system including the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and associated hormones, thyroid and parathyroid hormones, and reproductive hormones; hormonal signaling and physiologic actions. The cellular and anatomical components of reproduction and early development as well as hormone production, regulation and action will also be covered. The embryologic components include the development of the reproductive tract, development of gametes, fertilization, and formation of the germ layers. Students will also critically evaluate basic and clinical research in the field and work in groups to produce a literature review on a topic in reproduction. This course combines, lectures with problem-solving workshops, clinical correlations, student-directed learning, gross anatomy non-cadeveric labs, small group sessions, and a paper. Prerequisites: for SMP students only.  Jennifer Whitney, PhD, and G. Ian Gallicano, PhD, Course Directors

  • Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology (PBIO-568-01), 4 cr

This graduate course will cover the fundamental mechanisms of disease and the pathophysiologic basis of major human diseases, as well as learn the role of herbs and dietary supplements in health and disease. This course will complement the basic physiological principles covered in medical blocks 3 & 4. Prerequisites: for SMP and GEMS students only .. Jennifer Whitney, PhD, Course Director

  • SMP Graduate Pharmacology (PHAR-586-01), 2 cr

This graduate course will use lecture captures of medical pharmacology sessions for self-study, so students will come to class prepared for active learning (flipped) sessions to reinforce the material. The material will include learning about drugs that are used to treat cardic, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, GI, endocrine and reproductive conditions and diseases. Prerequisites: for SMP students only. Robert Yasuda, PhD, Course Director

 

Course numbers for GTDT location:

FALL-GTDT

  • Medical Molecular & Cellular Physiology (IBMS-501-02), 3 cr

This medical course focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which cells receive and process extracellular signals, regulate gene expression, control organelle biogenesis, and divide or differentiate. It also explores the fundamentals of cellular metabolism and physiology. The relationship of these processes to human disease is emphasized as an underlying theme throughout the course. This course combines lectures with problem-solving workshops, clinical correlations, student-directed learning, and small group sessions. mechanisms by which cells receive and process extracellular signals, regulate gene expression, control organelle biogenesis, and divide or differentiate. It also explores the fundamentals of cellular metabolism and physiology. The relationship of these processes to human disease is emphasized as an underlying theme throughout the course. This course combines lectures with problem-solving workshops, clinical correlations, student-directed learning, and small group sessions. Prerequisites: for SMP students only. Thomas Sherman, PhD and Jessica Jones, PhD, Course Directors

  • Medical Molecular Biology & Metabolism (IBMS-502-02), 2 cr

This medical course will integrate the biochemical and physiologic aspects of metabolic processes, with a focus on nutritional impact. Lectures will center on the function and regulation of major metabolic processes involving hypothalamic-pituitary hormones; the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis; the endocrine pancreas; and calcium-regulating hormones. The course is lecture-based, and includes problem-solving workshops, clinical correlations, student-directed learning, and small group sessions. Prerequisites: for SMP students only. Thomas Sherman, PhD, and Jessica Jones, PhD, Course Directors

  • Medical Embryology & Introduction to Anatomical Sciences (IBMS-503-02), 2 cr

This medical course introduces students to the anatomical sciences, and includes histology and embryologic development. Prerequisites: for SMP and GEMS students only. Thomas Sherman, PhD, and Jessica Jones, PhD, Course Directors

  • Medical Introduction to Pathology & Immunology (IBMS-504-02), 2 cr

This medical course introduces foundational material including cell injury and repair, inflammation, neoplasia, antigens and immunogenicity, t-cell-mediated immunity, autoimmunity and other topics. This provides the basis for spring medical and graduate coursework. This course combines, lectures with problem-solving workshops, clinical correlations, student-directed learning and small group sessions. Prerequisites: for SMP students only. Marina Castilla, MD, Course Director

  • Medical Introduction to Pharmacology (IBMS-505-02), 1 cr

This medical course provides the basis of pharmacologic principles that will be developed in the systems medical courses in the spring. Topics include pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, drug metabolism, pharmacogenomics, and drugs affecting the autonomic systems. This course combines, lectures with problem-solving workshops, clinical correlations, student-directed learning. Prerequisites: for SMP students only. Marina Castilla, MD, Course Director

  • Foundations of Physiology (PBIO-574-02),  3 cr

This graduate course will provide foundational material in the physiologic sciences as well as reinforcment of concepts learned in the medical courses; it will also cover the physiologic basis of nutrition in health and disease. The course will combine lectures, self-directed study, in a predominantly flipped/blended classroom. Prerequisites: for SMP students only. Marina Castilla, MD, Course Director

Biomedical Career Explorations is a two-semester experiential style course (with some seminar-style lectures). There are sessions on study and interview skills as well as presentations by respresentatives from different medical schools. The main focus of the course revolves around structured weekly clinical and volunteer experiences in the DC metro area. Evaluation of students will be based on participation, class discussion and homework assignments, including reflections on their volunteer work. Holly Frost, MS, Course Director

SPRING--GTDT

  • Medical Cardiovascular Biology (IBMS-506-02), 3 cr

This medical course provides students with a comprehensive view of cardiovascular physiology, anatomy, histology, embryology, including hemodynamic function, and electrophysiology of the normal cardiovascular system, and in-depth study of the pathophysiology of cardiovascular diseases including cardiomyopathies, valvular heart disease, ischemic heart disease, vascular diseases, and congenital heart disease in addition to an understanding of basic respiratory pathophysiology and its application to patient care. This course combines, lectures with problem-solving workshops, clinical correlations, student-directed learning, gross anatomy non-cadeveric labs, and small group sessions. Prerequisites: for SMP and GEMS students only. Adam Myers, PhD and Marina Castilla, MD, Course Director

  • Medical Respiratory and Renal Biology (IBMS-507-02), 3 cr

This medical course provides students with a comprehensive view of the physiology, anatomy, histology and embryology of the normal respiratory and renal systems, and study of the pathophysiology of respiratory and renal diseases including obstructive disease, lung cancer, glomerular, interstitial and vascular renal disease, in addition to an understanding of basic respiratory pathophysiology and its application to patient care. This course combines, lectures with problem-solving workshops, clinical correlations, student-directed learning, gross anatomy non-cadeveric labs, and small group sessions. Prerequisites: for SMP and GEMS students only. Jennifer Whitney, PhD, and Aviad Haramati, PhD, Course Directors

  • Medical Gastrointestinal Biology (IBMS-508-02), 3 cr

This medical course will help students identify how GI structure (Embryology, Microscopic Anatomy and Gross Anatomy) integrates with function (physiologic mechanisms of GI motility, digestion and absorption, and liver and pancreatic function). Students will describe the mechanisms contributing to absorption of nutrients into the body and apply their basic medical science knowledge to clinical problem-solving. This course combines lectures with problem-solving workshops, clinical correlations, student-directed learning, and gross anatomy non-cadeveric labs. Prerequisites: for SMP students and GEMS only. Susan Mulroney, PhD, Course Director

  • Medical Endocrinology & Reproductive Biology (IBMS-509-02), 3 cr

This medical course will educate students on the endocrine system including the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and associated hormones, thyroid and parathyroid hormones, and reproductive hormones; hormonal signaling and physiologic actions. The cellular and anatomical components of reproduction and early development as well as hormone production, regulation and action will also be covered. The embryologic components include the development of the reproductive tract, development of gametes, fertilization, and formation of the germ layers. Students will also critically evaluate basic and clinical research in the field and work in groups to produce a literature review on a topic in reproduction. This course combines, lectures with problem-solving workshops, clinical correlations, student-directed learning, gross anatomy non-cadeveric labs, small group sessions, and a paper. Prerequisites: for SMP students only.  Jennifer Whitney, PhD, and G. Ian Gallicano, PhD, Course Directors

  • Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology (PBIO-568-02), 4 cr

This graduate course will cover the fundamental mechanisms of disease and the pathophysiologic basis of major human diseases, as well as learn the role of herbs and dietary supplements in health and disease. This course will complement the basic physiological principles covered in medical blocks 3 & 4. Prerequisites: for SMP and GEMS students only .. Jennifer Whitney, PhD, Course Director

  • SMP Graduate Pharmacology (PHAR-586-02), 2 cr

This graduate course will use lecture captures of medical pharmacology sessions for self-study, so students will come to class prepared for active learning (flipped) sessions to reinforce the material. The material will include learning about drugs that are used to treat cardic, cardiovascular, respiratory, renal, GI, endocrine and reproductive conditions and diseases. Prerequisites: for SMP students only. Robert Yasuda, PhD, Course Director

Biomedical Career Explorations is a two-semester experiential style course (with some seminar-style lectures). There are sessions on study and interview skills as well as presentations by representatives from different medical schools. The main focus of the course revolves around structured weekly clinical and volunteer experiences in the DC metro area. Evaluation of students will be based on participation, class discussion and homework assignments, including reflections on their volunteer work. Holly Frost, MS, Course Director