Credits: 0 CREDITS (Preclerkship)
Director(s): Randall King
Location: HMS - Harvard Medical School (0)
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description: The set of courses comprising Foundations are organized into three discipline-specific themes: Molecular, Cellular and Genetic Basis of Medicine (cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, and pharmacology); Structure and Function of the Human Body (anatomy, histology, developmental biology); and Mechanisms of Defense and Disease (pathology, immunology, microbiology). The content will be selected to emphasize the key principles of each field, yet most topics will be taught in an integrated fashion to help students identify conceptual links between fields. For example, cell signaling will be taught in the context of how signaling pathways are perturbed by mutation or disease and how drugs are used to intervene in signaling pathways. To complement discipline-oriented teaching, Foundations will introduce several disease-specific themes that will be used to teach content in a longitudinal and integrated fashion. These themes will include Cancer, Infectious Disease, and Atherosclerosis.