Saint Louis University

Welcome to Year 1 of the MD Degree Program at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. The curriculum is structured in four phases: 1 Foundations, 2 Core Knowledge, 3 Core Clinical, and 4 Pre-Residency.

Coursework in the new Foundations phase of your training is designed to provide you with the fundamentals of biomedical sciences necessary for medical practice.
The Foundations phase includes the following courses:

• A-100 Introduction to Clinical Anatomy
• Clinical Interviewing
• CMB-100 Cell and Molecular Biology
• EPI-100 Epidemiology and Biostatistics
• HIR-100 Health Information Resources
• HQI-100 Healthcare Quality Improvement
• MIM-100 Introduction to Medical Information Management
• MHR-100 Microbes and Host Responses
• PATH-100 Introduction to Pathology
• PHAR-100 Principles of Pharmacology

While still in Year 1, you will begin the Core Knowledge phase of the curriculum. This phase introduces you to the organ systems, and begins your clinical skills training.

• Clinical Diagnosis
• BHM-200 Behavioral Health and Medicine
• HEM-200 Hematology
• NSCI-201 Basic Clinical Neurosciences

In addition to these courses, you will have the opportunity to explore your specific interests through two electives of your choosing. These electives, which run throughout most of the academic year, are very diverse and could include exposure to basic science research, clinical research, shadowing physicians, or other activities.

All the best and again, welcome!

Gregory S. Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean, Student Affairs
Director, Phase 1
Director, First and Second Year Electives

Cindy Fairchild, Phase 1 Coordinator
Office of Curricular Affairs, LRC 101 977-8073