Welcome to the first-year curriculum at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. This first year is designed to expose students to the fundamentals of biomedical sciences, in preparation for extensive training in later years of the curriculum. The first year of our curriculum starts off with a period of time devoted to the study of Cell Biology and Metabolism (medical biochemistry). In these courses students will learn the microscopic appearance and the molecular makeup of the human body through didactic lectures, laboratory sessions and small group activities.
Next, students will cycle through Human Anatomy and will learn the macroscopic appearance of the body through lectures, laboratory sessions devoted to dissection and through correlations with clinical faculty. After returning from Winter Break, students embark on courses involving Genetics and Immunology. Here, the students will be exposed to the mechanisms of genetic diseases and the how the body interacts with various immunologic insults. Both of these courses also include small group activities and clinical problem solving sessions.
The first year ends with students studying Pathology and Pharmacology. In these courses, students will learn of the importance of Pathology and its contribution to certain diseases. They will also learn about the pharmacokinetics of drug metabolism and how drugs impact select diseases.
In the latter part of the year, first-year medical students are required to complete an elective. These electives are very diverse and could include exposure to basic science research, clinical research, shadowing physicians, or other activities. The first-year curriculum also includes an online course called Health Information Resources, which is designed to help students identify ways of facilitating their access to medical information via the Internet. Lastly, throughout the first year of the curriculum students are enrolled in Applied Clinical Skills 1 (ACS1). ACS1 is comprised of a series of courses that encompass human development, ethics, biostatistics, behavioral sciences, and other related course work. Taken together, the first year curriculum forms the building blocks of knowledge that will be expanded upon as students advance through the curriculum.
All the best and again, welcome
Gregory S. Smith, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean, Educational Development
Year 1 Director
Course Director, Cell Biology
Director, First and Second Year Electives