Basic Sciences - Second Trimester

Course Lecture
Human Physiology 5  6 7
Medical Biochemistry  5  3 6
Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Demographics 2  0 2
Adult Patient Examination 1  0 1
Child Examination of Newborn and Hospitalized Child 1  0 1
Introduction to Clinical Medicine  2  0  2
Problem-Base-Medical Integration and Correlation  2  0    3
TOTAL: Hours, Credits 18 9 22


Course Descriptions

Human Physiology

This course will describe the normal function of cells and organ systems, establishing basis to understand the altered physiologic states of specific diseases. Laboratory experiences will reinforce the comprehension of the main systems.


Medical Biochemistry 

During the biochemistry course, students will be able to understand biochemical reactions in relation to the human body and to determine the purpose they serve under specific situations. The medical relevance is taught by emphasizing the structure and metabolism of amino acids, sugars, lipids, nucleotides, and cofactors. Major human chemical pathways are outlined and reviewed as well as, disorders that have a biochemical basis.


Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Demographics

The class will help the student in understanding the different disciplines or approaches there are in this field.

Where health care practitioners collect data on an individual patient by taking a medical history and conducting a physical exam, epidemiologists collect data about an entire population through surveillance systems or descriptive epidemiological studies. The health care practitioner uses his or her data to make a differential diagnosis. The epidemiologist's data is used to generate hypothesis about the relationships between exposure and disease. Both disciplines then test the hypothesis, the health care practitioner by conducting additional diagnostic studies or tests, the epidemiologist by conducting analytical studies such as cohort or case-control studies. The final step is to take action. The health care practitioner prescribes medical treatment, and the epidemiologist, some form of community intervention to end the health problem and prevent its recurrence.   


Adult Patient Examination

The ability to record an accurate and complete patient history, and to examine the patient appropriately in response to the history described, are fundamental skills that all student doctors need to acquire at an early stage in training.  

Practical advice on recording all aspects of a patient's history, including the present complaint, past medical history, and family history; and detailed guidance on performing an examination of each body system. Is the ultimate foundation of this course.  


Child Examination of Newborn and Hospitalized Child

An understanding of a child normality and illness will be introduced in this course.

A complete physical examination is an important part of newborn care. Each body system is carefully examined for signs of health and normal function. The physician also looks for any signs of illness or birth defects.

Each newborn baby is carefully checked at birth for signs of problems or complications. A complete physical assessment will be performed that includes every body system. Throughout the hospital stay, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers continually assess a baby for changes in health and for signs of problems or illness.


Introduction to Clinical Medicine

Introduction to Clinical Medicine at ISMS was created to teach medical students the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that are fundamental to clinical medicine and to prepare them for the clinical years of the curriculum.

The experience is meant to introduce the student to the practice of medicine ( broadly defined ) and allows the student to practice targeted parts of the medical interview and physical exam.

The hands-on learning that these sessions provide is a wonderful complement to the basic science courses in which the student is immersed. 


Problem-Base Medical Integration and Correlation

This section will make possible the integration between basic sciences and the clinical aspect of practicing medicine. 

Integrative Cases are an innovative educational experience for first- and second-year students in the MD Program at the International School of Medical Sciences.

They are learner-driven activities in which students examine an issue or case from many perspectives, including basic science, clinical, public health, social/ethical issues and health care systems.

Through active, experience-based assignments and faculty-led small group discussions, students discover many factors influencing health and wellbeing and explore themes in medicine that will recur in their training and medical careers.


 Our goals are:

  • Make connections across basic science, medicine and public health 
  • Apply, build upon and integrate knowledge across courses and years
  • Provide experiences and introduce themes that offer a more expansive view of medicine and the community 
  • Stimulate interest and questions that anticipate future learning
  • Develop skills in lifelong knowledge, problem solving, independent and team learning 
  • Develop practical skills in communicating findings and research