Credits: 0 CREDITS (Preclerkship)
Sites: HMS
Director(s): Randall King
Offered: August-November, Year I
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 is selected to emphasize the key principles of each field, yet most topics are taught in an integrated fashion to help students identify conceptual links between fields. For example, cell signaling is 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 introduces several disease-specific themes that are used to teach content in a longitudinal and integrated fashion, including cancer and cardiovascular disease. Course Manager: Kelly Ho.