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During the scientific foundations years, you’ll learn scientific principles fundamental to the practice of medicine, explore ethical and professionalism issues, start to develop your history-taking and physical examination skills, and begin to understand the pathophysiological basis for disease.

These years have a lot of scheduled lectures, labs, and small group meetings. However, you will find free hours, including weekly blocks of Independent Learning Time (ILT) which allows you time for study, independent learning projects, and participation in a variety of activities. At the end of these years you will be prepared to take the USMLE Step 1 exam and move to the clinical part of your studies.

Goals

Our goals for your scientific foundations coursework are:

  • Provide a solid foundation in the basic medical sciences
  • Show the importance of basic sciences in the practice of medicine
  • Provide a solid foundation in pathophysiology
  • Introduce you to an evidence-based approach to decision making
  • Provide a foundation for future independent learning
  • Teach you to identify, retrieve, and assess the biomedical literature
  • Provide an introduction to patient care
  • Help you develop your clinical skills to the level needed for clinical coursework
  • Adhere to the highest standard of integrity and honesty in all professional relationships 

Course Management

The Course Management team on each campus consists of staff who assist Course Directors and course instructors with the logistics and smooth implementation of MS1 and MS2 INMD courses. Course Managers have a broad overview of the first two years of Med School courses and an in-depth knowledge of the BlackBag Learning Management System, so are well equipped to advise on the best and most efficient ways to deliver course content to students.

Duluth 

Course Manager
Kate Krasaway
katekras@d.umn.edu 

Twin Cities  

Director of Integrated Education - Foundational Sciences
Kelaine Haas, PhD
khaas@umn.edu

Foundational Curriculum Manager
Jamie Larson
jamiel@umn.edu

Course Managers

MS1 Course Manager
Aliyu Ojarigi
ms1mgr@umn.edu

MS2 Course Manager
Jeff Wallner
ms2mgr@umn.edu

Essentials of Clinical Medicine Course Manager (MS1 and MS2)
Sara Roberts
ecmmgr@umn.edu

Foundations of Critical Thinking (MS1 and MS2)
Jamie Larson
fctmgr@umn.edu

Course Formats

Each course has a unique blend of learning formats. You’ll:

  • Be part of large group lecture sessions
  • Participate in hand-on activities in laboratories
  • Hone your clinical skills on standardized patients and models in a variety of simulation settings
  • Interact with classmates and specialized facilitators in small group settings

MediaSite Lecture Recordings

All lectures occurring in the large AHC lecture halls are recorded using MediaSite. Lectures are streamed live and are generally available for viewing and download from the MediaSite catalog within 15-30 minutes following the lecture. 

Registration 

  • On the Duluth campus, you will self-register for your courses (include link or information with very specific instructions)
  • On the Twin Cities campus, the Medical School registrar will register you for your courses

Contact

Director of Integrated Education - Foundational Sciences
Kelaine Haas, PhD
khaas@umn.edu