Fundamentals

The Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons' unique approach to medical school education begins with Part One, the Fundamentals Curriculum. The major courses include:

  • Molecular Mechanisms & Disease (Semester 1): biomolecules and cells, healthy and diseased tissues, pharmacology, developmental biology and genomics.
  • Clinical Gross Anatomy (Semester 1): structure and radiologic clinical correlation of the head, neck, thorax, abdomen, pelvis and extremities.
  • Foundations of Clinical Medicine Seminars (Semesters 1,2,3): the doctor-patient relationship, medical interviewing, ethics, healthcare systems, health promotion, narrative medicine, evidence-based medicine/epidemiology.
  • Foundations of Clinical Medicine Tutorials (Semesters 2,3): physical examination and introduction to clinical skills and reasoning.
  • Body in Health and Disease (Semesters 2,3): microbiology and infectious disease, immunology, cardiology, pulmonology, nephrology, endocrinology, neural science, gastroenterology and hepatology, hematology, oncology and rheumatology.
  • Psychiatric Medicine (Semester 2): psychiatric syndromes, treatment and interviewing.

Find more specific details in the Calendar, Course Descriptions, Foundations Selectives, and Summer Opportunities.