Foundation Phase Semester 3

 Medical Science Course 3 MTEC 103 | Patient Centered Care Course 3 MTEC 113 |  Social and Health Systems Course 3 MTEC 123 

Medical Science Course 3: MTEC 103 (15 credit hours)

This course provides a cohesive understanding of normal and abnormal functions of behavioral science, endocrine system, reproductive system, musculoskeletal system, integumentary system, and multi-organ synthesis. The course also demonstrates integration with Professional Development 3 and Patient Centered Care 3.
Duration: Monday-Friday; Fall Semester (August-December)

Medical Science 3 Grpahic

Medical Science Course 3 is made up of six blocks.  Click here for the Grade Structure and Policy for Medical Science Courses.

Behavioral Science:

The Behavioral Science Block begins the third semester of the Medical Sciences (MSC) portion of the Foundation Phase of the Translational Education at Carolina (TEC) Curriculum. 

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Neurologic Block:

The overarching goals of this block are to introduce students to normal embryology, structure, and function of the central and peripheral nervous systems, eye, ear and vestibular structures. Teach students the pathology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of common diseases of the central and peripheral nervous systems, eye, ear and vestibular apparatus, and teach students the basic principles and pharmacology of anesthesiology

Block Directors:
Ana Felix, MBBCh, MD
Susan Hadler, MD

Endocrine Block:

By the end of this block, you should have a good understanding of basic and clinical endocrinology, and feel comfortable in the evaluation of endocrine problems on the USMLE, on your clinical rotations, and in your lifelong care of patients.

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Reproductive Block:

You will find that this collaborative, integrated course will provide you with the opportunity to apply basic science principles to the active clinical care of your future patients. Topics include molecular diagnostics, clinical cytogenetics, birth defects, metabolic disorders, the normal and abnormal menstrual cycle, the pathophysiology and physiology of obstetrics and reproductive organ cancer biology. Ethical issues related to genetic testing, prenatal counseling, and options for pregnancy will be discussed. Both the lecture setting and patient-based small group case work will afford you the opportunity to apply these and other principles to the clinical care of patients.

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Multi-Organ Synthesis Block:

The goal of the Multi-Organ Synthesis Block is to introduce students to selected diseases that involve multiple organ systems.  Students will have the opportunity to review organ specific pathologies and begin to learn how to integrate that knowledge to approach a patient with multi-system disease.  There is a strong focus on systemic autoimmune disorders.

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Patient Centered Care Course 3: MTEC 113 (5 credit hours)

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This course develops basic clinical skills and reasoning essential to the practice of medicine through clinical experiences, longitudinal contact with medical professionals, and integration with the concepts from the behavioral science, endocrine system, reproductive system, musculoskeletal system, and integumentary system.This course is designed to enable the student to learn the core clinical skills—History-Taking, Physical Examination, Communication, Clinical Reasoning, Patient-Centered Care, and Professionalism— necessary for future patient care. The Patient Centered Care course is based primarily on weekly small group sessions where students learn clinical skills. In addition to these small group sessions, twice a semester students will participate in Clinical Skills Encounters (CSE's) with standardized patients in our Clinical Skills Center. During these CSE's students can practice the clinical skills they learned in prior sessions. In addition to these classroom and skills center experiences, students are expected to interact with real patients throughout the year in a variety of Patient Encounters.
Duration: Once a week, Fall Semester (August-December)

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Social and Health Systems Course 3: MTEC 123 (1 credit hour)

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Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) seminars engage second-year medical students with scholarship on health, illness, and medical care in one or more of a wide variety of fields, including anthropology, history, law, literature, philosophy, political science, public health, and sociology. Seminars meet weekly throughout the fall semester (13 sessions of 2 hours each). They are taught by faculty members who are experts in fields listed above. Most faculty come from the Department of Social Medicine, but instructors often include professors from other departments in the School of Medicine and other schools (such as the School of Law) in the University. Seminars build on material introduced in the first-year survey courses Professional Development 1 and 2. Students immerse themselves in scholarship on a topic of interest. The HSS seminars vary widely in content, encompassing everything from bioethics, health and human rights, and doctor-patient communication to global health and the evolution and production of knowledge about disease, although all seminars share objectives, goals, requirements, and competencies common to the Professional Development 3 course. Students refine skills of critical thinking in seminar presentations and writing assignments.
Duration: Once a week, Fall Semester (August-December)

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