Biomedical Science Teaching

Curriculum overview

M1 biomedical science courses include:

  • Population Health
  • Human Architecture and Composition (HAC)
  • Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, and Renal (CPR)
  • Gastrointestinal-Reproductive-Endocrine (GRE)
  • Neurobiology (Neuro)
  • Flora, Pathogens, and Defense (FPD)

M2 biomedical science courses include:

  • Foundations of Disease and Treatment (FDT)
  • Diagnosis and Treatment I (D&T I)
  • Diagnosis and Treatment II (D&T II)

Preclerkship curriculum uses active learning with the most common approaches being peer instruction (PI), case-based learning (CBL), and laboratory as found in the resources below.

The ABCs of Active Learning

Constructing a Case-based Learning (CBL) session

Engaged Laboratory Learning

Peer instruction (PI) was developed by Eric Mazur, a Harvard University professor and physicist. In the College of Medicine’s version of PI, learners review preparatory material and answer PI questions, similar to National Board of Medical Examiner (NBME) question items, in a synchronous class.

PI question item writing involves writing clinical vignette NBME-style questions that require learners to apply preparatory material information.

Peer Instruction Question Item Writing

Facilitating a PI session requires faculty to use strategies and prompts while establishing a supportive and structured learning environment and occasionally dealing with unexpected challenges.

Overview of Peer Instruction

In a PI session, faculty navigate technology and logistics that involves planning and use of best practices in communication and the creation of teaching slides.

Peer Instruction Session Planning

Additional active or engaged learning approaches used in the College of Medicine can be found in the following resources.

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Practical Tips

Principles of PBL

Technology & Teaching Tips

Inclusive Classroom


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