Undergraduate Medical Education

Required Preclerkship Core Courses

Year 1 - Fall Quarter

  • School of Medicine Core (SOM C) 220

    This five-week introductory course for first-year medical students covers cell biology, molecular biology, and genetics. Students will also receive an introduction to human anatomy and histology.

    Holm and faculty

  • SOMC 221
    This four-week course begins with the coverage of topics foundational to physiology, pharmacology, and therapeutics. The course then focuses on the cardiovascular system, emphasizing normal function. Related anatomy, histology, physiology, cell and molecular biology, and pharmacology will be covered.

    Laiken and faculty

  • SOMC 222

    This three-week course covers the pulmonary system, with an emphasis on normal function. Related anatomy, histology, physiology, cell and molecular biology, and pharmacology will be covered.

    Powell and faculty

  • SOMC 223

    This three-week course covers the gastrointestinal system, with an emphasis on normal function. Related anatomy, histology, physiology, cell and molecular biology, and pharmacology will be covered. Nutrition will be covered. (Prior to Fall 2017, course title was Gastrointestinal System I.)

    Eckmann and faculty

  • SOMC 224A

    This 15-week course provides an introduction to the practice of medicine. Techniques of patient communication and physical examination are taught, and material related to professional development introduced. Problem-based learning integrates multiple perspectives, and students participate in a fortnightly ambulatory apprenticeship.

    Goldberg and faculty

Year 1 - Winter Quarter

  • SOMC 224B

    Prerequisite: Completion of SOMC 224A

    This course builds on skills introduced in SOMC 224A. Skills and attitudes of patient communication and physical examination are practiced, and professional development material is introduced. Problem-based learning integrates multiple perspectives, and students participate in a fortnightly ambulatory apprenticeship.

    Cadenhead and faculty

  • SOMC 225

    This three-week course covers the renal system, focusing on normal function. Related anatomy, histology, physiology, cell and molecular biology, and pharmacology will be covered.

    Laiken and faculty

  • SOMC 226

    This three-week course covers the musculoskeletal system, and focuses on anatomy learned by dissection and reinforced with lectures by anatomists and orthopedic/sports medicine clinicians. Areas covered: upper and lower limb anatomy, head anatomy.

    Whitehead and faculty

  • SOMC 227

    This five-week course during year one teaches neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, neuropharmacology, principles of neurological function and dysfunction, human growth and development, and anatomy, function and dysfunction of head and neck, including eye and ear.

    Kritchevsky and faculty

Year 1 - Spring Quarter

  • SOMC 224C

    Prerequisite: Completion of SOMC 224A and SOMC 224B or consent of instructor

    In this course, students continue to learn patient communication and physical examination, and material related to professional development is introduced. Problem-based learning integrates multiple perspectives, and students participate in a fortnightly ambulatory apprenticeship.

    Johnson and faculty

  • SOMC 229

    This three-week course covers principles and important concepts in the following areas: metabolism, endocrinology, and reproduction. Related biochemistry, physiology, anatomy, histology, cell and molecular biology, and pharmacology will be covered.

    Frugoni, Santos Cavaiola and faculty

  • SOMC 241

    This five-week course covers concepts and principles in immunology and hematology. Related physiology, cell and molecular biology, histology, and pharmacology will be covered.

    Reid, Bui and faculty

  • SOMC 242

    This four-week course covers important concepts in microbiology. Related physiology, cell and molecular biology, and pharmacology will be covered.

    Logan and faculty

Year 2 - Fall Quarter

  • SOMC 231

    This two and one-half week course covers the principles of clinical oncology. Topics will include cancer biology and related epidemiology. Clinical cases will be explored, including approaches to treatment and related pharmacology. This course also covers response to injury, with a focus on general/systemic pathology.

    Pilz and faculty

  • SOMC 243

    This one and one-half week course covers concepts and key topics in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Medical Informatics.

    Garfein and faculty

  • SOMC 232
     
    This two-week course covers rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthropathies, SLE, Sjogren's syndrome, inflammatory myositis, osteoarthritis, gout and CPPD disease, septic arthritis, and pharmacologic treatment. Dermatology topics emphasize the pathophysiology and recognition of infectious, autoimmune, neoplastic, genetic skin changes.
     
    Whitehead and faculty
     
  • SOMC 233

    Prerequisite: SOMC 223 or consent of instructor

    This two-week course covers the diseases of the digestive system (gastrointestinal tract, liver, pancreas, etc) with an emphasis on its anatomy, histology, cell and molecular biology, pathology, pathophysiology, and pharmacology. (Effective Fall 2018, course title will be changed to Gastrointestinal Diseases)

    Eckmann and faculty

  • SOMC 234

    Prerequisite: SOMC 229 or consent of instructor

    This four-week course covers principles and advanced concepts in the following areas: endocrinology, reproduction, and metabolism. Related biochemistry, physiology, pathology and pathophysiology, histology, cell and molecular biology, and pharmacology will be covered.

    Kingston, Santos Cavaiola and faculty

  • SOMC 235

    Prerequisite: SOMC 221 or consent of instructor

    This three-week course continues to cover the cardiovascular system, with an emphasis on abnormal function. Related anatomy, physiology, pathology and pathophysiology, histology, cell and molecular biology, and pharmacology will be covered.

    Penny and faculty

  • SOMC 236A

    In this 15-week course, students continue to learn patient communication and physical examination, and material related to professional development is introduced. Problem-based learning integrates multiple perspectives, and students participate in a fortnightly ambulatory apprenticeship.

    Gupta and faculty

Year 2 - Winter Quarter

  • SOMC 236B

    Prerequisite: SOMC 236A or consent of instructor

    In this course, students continue to learn patient communication and physical examination, and material related to professional development is introduced. Problem-based learning integrates multiple perspectives, and students participate in a fortnightly ambulatory apprenticeship.

    Goldberg and faculty

  • SOMC 237

    Prerequisite: SOMC 227 or consent of instructor

    This five-week course during year two covers neurological, psychiatric, ophthalmological, otolaryngological, and general head and neck principles, syndromes and disorders. Clinically relevant etiology, pathology, pathophysiology, and therapies are included.

    Kritchevsky and faculty

  • SOMC 238

    Prerequisite: SOMC 222 or consent of instructor

    This three-week course continues to cover the pulmonary system, with an emphasis on abnormal function. Related anatomy, histology, physiology, pathology, pathophysiology, cell and molecular biology, and pharmacology will be covered.

    Powell and faculty

  • SOMC 239

    Prerequisite: SOMC 225 or consent of instructor

    This two-week course continues to cover the renal system, focusing on abnormal function. Related anatomy, histology, physiology, pathology and pathophysiology, cell and molecular biology, and pharmacology will be covered.

    Rifkin and faculty

Year 2 - Spring Quarter

  • SOMC 240

    This two-week course covers complex multi-organ system disorders of medical relevance. Related anatomy, histology, cell and molecular biology, physiology, and pharmacology will be covered. This course also includes a review of integrative cases.

    Oyama and faculty

  • SOMC 244

    Independent study and review for the United States Medical Licensing Step 1 Exam, which is a UCSD School of Medicine requirement.

    Mandel and faculty







 
 
 
 
 

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