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Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine

This section of the Preliminary 2014-2015 FAU University Catalog includes revisions approved after the 2013-2014 catalog's publish date of March 15, 2013. Revisions appear in red.

Course Descriptions

Link to Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Programs

Undergraduate Courses/link to graduate courses

Brain Diseases: Mechanism and Therapy (BMS 4732) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Course includes discussion of the molecular and cellular basis of brain diseases and provides the current status of therapeutic intervention for brain diseases.

Introduction to Radiation Biology (BSC 4833) 3 credits
Prerequisites: BSC 1010, PHY 2048, PHY 2049 and permission of instructor
An overview of the effects of ionizing radiation on humans and other biological systems. It involves consideration of cell survival after exposure to ionizing radiations, repair of radiation damage, radiosensitizers, radioprotectors, doses and risks in diagnostic radiology, cardiology and nuclear medicine, and basic safety rules.

RNA Biology and Diseases (PCB 4521) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
This course provides advanced-level training in molecular biology of RNA. It covers the fundamental principles of RNA structure, function and metabolism; methodologies for studying RNA; diseases related to RNA deficiencies; and applications of RNA technologies in research and clinical development.

Reproductive Endocrinology (PCB 4803) 3 credits
Prerequisites: BCH 3033, BSC 1010 and BSC 1010L, BSC 1011 and BSC 1011L, CHM 2045 and CHM 2045L, CHM 2046 and CHM 2046L
Describes the origin, structure, properties and physiological actions of hormones related to reproductive function, as well as the clinical implications of their deficiency and excess at different stages of life. The anatomy, histology and physiology of reproductive organs and related endocrine glands are studied. This course is taught in a case-based manner. Participation in seminars presented by graduate students on topics related to the lectures is required at the end of the course.

Directed Independent Study (PCB 4905) 1-3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and Department
Independent research.

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Special Topics (PCB 4930) 1-8 credits
Special topics of interest to biomedical students.

Graduate Courses
Foundations of Medicine 1 (BMS 6015) 12 credits
Prerequisite: Medical students only
Provides students with an understanding of the fundamental principles necessary to become a competent, compassionate, informed, professional and conscientious physician with unique opportunities for direct patient care. Assists students in developing the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors needed to interview and examine the patient, to answer clinical questions, to understand the importance of patient advocacy and disease prevention, to explore the barriers to healthcare and to instill the foundation for the ethical and legal framework of patient care.

Foundations of Medicine 2 (BMS 6016) 13 credits
Prerequisites: Medical students only; BMS 6015
A continuation in the Foundations of Medicine series. Provides students with an understanding of the fundamental principles necessary to become a competent, compassionate, informed, professional and conscientious physician with unique opportunities for direct patient care. Assists students in developing the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors needed to interview and examine the patient, to answer clinical questions, to understand the importance of patient advocacy and disease prevention, to explore the barriers to healthcare and to instill the foundation for the ethical and legal framework of patient care.

Foundations of Medicine 3 (BMS 6017) 21 credits
Prerequisites: Successful completion of the first year of the medical program; BMS 6015, BMS 6016
A continuation in the Foundations of Medicine series. Provides students with an understanding of the fundamental principles necessary to become a competent, compassionate, informed, professional and conscientious physician with unique opportunities for direct patient care. Assists students in continuing to develop the knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors needed to interview and examine the patient, to answer clinical questions, to understand the importance of patient advocacy and disease prevention, to explore the barriers to healthcare and to instill the foundation for the ethical and legal framework of patient care.

Neuroscience and Behavior (BMS 6020) 10 credits
Prerequisite: Medical students only
Provides the basic concepts and vocabulary in the areas of neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, sensory systems, neurochemistry, neuropharmacology, neuropathology, neurology and psychiatry. Uses an integrated approach combining lectures, problem-based learning (PBL) and anatomy laboratory instruction. The PBL sessions in small groups provide the fundamental knowledge of common neurological and psychiatric disorders, complemented by lectures for specific diseases. The presentation of the neuroanatomy component emphasizes correlations with clinical cases and leads to the localization of brain lesions. The instruction in gross anatomy of the head and neck are integrated with clinical correlates.

Fundamentals of Biomedical Science 1 (BMS 6031) 7 21 credits
Prerequisite: Medical students only
Provides students with a broad function in critical biomedical science subject areas, including biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, pharmacology, pathology, physiology, histology, anatomy and embryology.
(Changes effective fall 2013.)

Fundamentals of Biomedical Science 2 (BMS 6032) 7 credits
Prerequisites: Medical students only, BMS 6031
The Fundamentals of Biomedical Science series is designed to provide students with a broad foundation in critical biomedical science subject areas, including biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, pathology, histology, physiology, anatomy and embryology. While the first course focuses on biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, genetics and an introduction to the anatomical sciences, this course builds on and extends this basis into the areas of microbiology, immunology, inflammation and pharmacology while continuing anatomy.

(Course no longer offered; effective fall 2013.)

Fundamentals of Biomedical Science 3 (BMS 6033) 7 credits
Prerequisites: Medical students only; BMS 6031, BMS 6032
The Fundamentals of Biomedical Science series is designed to provide students with a broad foundation in critical biomedical science subject areas, including biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, genetics, microbiology, immunology, pharmacology, pathology, histology, physiology, anatomy and embryology. This course continues those themes and focuses on viral microbiology, immunology, inflammation, neoplasia and tissue repair, as well as histology, embryology and anatomy.
(Course no longer offered; effective fall 2013.)

Integrated Morphology 1 (BMS 6102C) 4 credits

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
This course involves the developmental, microscopic and gross anatomical features of the organs located in the thorax and abdomen of the human. A laboratory includes a cadaveric dissection experience and examination of tissue samples using virtual microscopy.

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Integrated Morphology 2 (BMS 6104C) 4 credits

Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
This course involves the gross anatomical features of the structures of the back, limbs, head and neck of the human. A laboratory includes a cadaveric dissection experience.


Clinical Microbiology (BMS 6303) 3 credits

Prerequisite: MCB 3020
Students learn the relevant facts and principles underlying bacteria, parasites, pathogenicity and host resistance. Armed with this fundamental information, students will then be capable of understanding and utilizing contemporary modes of treatment and prevention.


Synthesis and Transition (BMS 6405) 4 credits

Prerequisite: Successful completion of all previous courses in the M.D. program
A four-week course at the end of year two designed to help students synthesize knowledge acquired in the first two years of Medical School to prepare them for a smooth transition to the year-three clerkships.


Autonomic Function and Diseases (BMS 6523) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Course covers both the physiological and clinical study of the autonomic nervous system (ANS) emphasizing the neural circuitry aspects of systemic regulation. Topics are introduced in lectures and followed up by recent journal articles.

Pathophysiology and Therapeutics 1 (BMS 6541) 7 credits
Prerequisite: BMS 6020
Provides the basic concepts and vocabulary in the areas of the anatomy, chemistry, histology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology and physiology of the gastrointestinal and hepatic systems and human nutrition, including normal nutrition and diagnosis and management of common nutritional disorders. Uses an integrated approach by combining lectures, problem-based learning and simulated laboratory instruction.

Pathophysiology and Therapeutics 2 (BMS 6542) 13 credits
Prerequisite: BMS 6541
An 11-week course in the fall semester of year two. Provides the basic concepts and vocabulary in the areas of the anatomy, chemistry, histology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology and physiology of the cardiovascular system, the respiratory system and related components of the hematologic system. Uses an integrated approach by combining lectures, problem-based learning and simulated laboratory instruction.

Pathophysiology and Therapeutics 3 (BMS 6543) 10 credits
Prerequisites: BMS 6541 and 6542
A nine-week course in the fall semester of year two. Provides the basic concepts and vocabulary in the areas of the anatomy, chemistry, histology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology and physiology of the renal system, the endocrine system, the reproductive system and related components of the hematologic system. Uses an integrated approach by combining lectures, problem-based learning and simulated laboratory instruction.

Pathophysiology and Therapeutics 4 (BMS 6544) 7 credits
Prerequisites: BMS 6541, 6542, 6543
A six-week course in the spring semester of year two. Provides the basic concepts and vocabulary in the areas of the anatomy, chemistry, histology, microbiology, pathology, pharmacology and physiology of the immunologic system, mechanisms of host-defense, infectious disease, including public health aspects, and common hematologic malignancies. Revisits and expands on concepts of immunity and infection and includes diseases of the dermatologic system and the eye. Uses an integrated approach by combining lectures, problem-based learning and simulated laboratory instruction.

Fundamentals of General Pathology (BMS 6601) 3 credits
Covers the basic pathophysiology of mechanisms of disease in medicine and incorporates gross pathologic, microscopic and radiologic material to assist in understanding fundamental disease.

Brain Diseases: Mechanism and Therapy (BMS 6736) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Discussion of the molecular and cellular basis of brain diseases and of the current status of therapeutic intervention for those diseases.

Directed Study Medicine (BMS 6900) 1-12 credits

Prerequisite: Medical students only
A College of Medicine course in which medical students pursue directed independent work under the guidance of a faculty member.
(New course effective fall 2012.)

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Introduction to Radiation Biology (BSC 6834) 3 credits
Prerequisites: BSC 1010, 1010L, PHY 2048, 2048L, 2049, 2049L and permission of instructor
An overview of the effects of ionizing radiations on human and other biological systems. The course involves consideration of cell survival after exposure to ionizing radiations, repair of radiation damage, radiosensitizers and radioprotectors, doses and risks in diagnostic radiology, cardiology, nuclear medicine, and basic safety rules. A student seminar is required at the end of the course.

Molecular Genetics of the Cell (GMS 6220) 3 credits

Prerequisite: BCH 3033 or PCB 3063 or equivalent
Provides a basic background in cell and molecular biology. Emphasis on human physiology and disease.

Macromolecules and Human Disease (GMS 6301) 3 credits
Prerequisite: BCH 3033 or PCB 4023 or equivalent
Explores structure and function of biological macromolecules with emphasis on DNA, RNA and proteins.


Molecular Basis of Disease and Therapy (GMS 6302) 3 credits
Prerequisites: BCH 4035 and (PCB 4023 or PCB 4522)
Explores the molecular basis of selected viral pathogens, genetic diseases and cancer through lectures and presentations by faculty in the College of Science and College of Medicine, Scripps Florida and private industry representatives. Discusses novel technologies aimed at developing therapeutics together with the activity of modern biotechnology in drug development.


Molecular Neuropsychopharmacology (GMS 6735) 3 credits

Prerequisite: PSB 6037 or PSB 6345 or equivalent
Provides the fundamentals of molecular neuropharmacology as they relate to neurotransmitter signaling in the brain.

Host Defense and Inflammation (MCB 6208) 3 credits
Prerequisite: PCB 4233 or equivalent with a minimum grade of "B-"
Course covers the immunology emphasizing mechanisms of host defense and inflammation in chronic inflammatory diseases. Mechanisms emphasized are roles of macrophages that are heterogeneous and diverse populations regulating host defense and inflammation. Mycobacterial infections and allergic asthma are presented as disease models of chronic inflammatory diseases.

Family and Community Health Sciences Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (MDC 7011) 10 credits
Prerequisite: Enrolled in the third year of the medical program
FCHS is organized as a Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC). It has 24 instructional weeks and is made up of 21 weeks of clinical experiences and didactic instruction in three graded integrated clerkships and six disciplines that are not graded, plus two weeks for assessments and one week of orienting activities. FCHS includes experiences in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and psychiatry. Students receive separate clerkship grades in these three disciplines. It also includes experiences in anesthesia, critical care, emergency medicine, neurology, pathology and radiology.
(New course effective summer 2013.)

Medical and Surgical Sciences Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (MDC 7012) 10 credits
Prerequisite: Enrolled in the third year of the medical program
Medical and Surgical Sciences, organized as a Longitudinal Integrated Clerkship (LIC), has 24 instructional weeks and is made up of 22 weeks of clinical experiences and didactic instruction in three graded integrated clerkships and six disciplines that are not graded, plus one week for assessments and one week of orienting activities. Includes experiences in medicine, surgery and geriatrics/palliative care, as well as experiences in anesthesia, critical care, emergency medicine, neurology, pathology and radiology.
(New course effective summer 2013.)

Community and Preventative Medicine Clerkship Family Medicine Clerkship (MDC 7120 BCC 7175) 6 14 credits
Prerequisite: Enrolled in the third year of the medical program
Throughout the third year of medical school, within the Community and Preventive Medicine Clerkship, students are assigned one-on-one to a primary care provider, either an internist or a family physician in the community. The goal of this longitudinal preceptor experience is for students to build their own panel of patients, developing a relationship over time and following patients to different clinical experiences that are part of their medical care.
(Course changes effective summer 2013.)

Geriatric Clerkship (MDC 7140) 7 credits
Prerequisites: Medical students only; must have successfully passed the MBME Step 1 exam
Creates a humane environment that fosters respect, personal integrity, service orientation and a sense of well-being for older patients.
(New course effective fall 2014.)

Geriatrics and Palliative Care Clerkship (MDC 7150) 15 credits
Prerequisite: Enrolled in the third year of the medical program
Prepares medical students to utilize person-centered and evidence-based approaches to the management of older adults in different settings of care, including palliative and end-of-life care. The knowledge and skills acquired during this clerkship should transcend any specialty area of medicine.
(New course effective summer 2013.)

Obstetrics and Gynecology Clerkship (MDC 7180 BCC 7130) 6 20 credits
Prerequisite: Enrolled in the third year of the medical program
Consists of an inpatient labor and delivery experience, an inpatient gynecologic surgery experience, an outpatient preceptor-based experience (including sessions in an outpatient ob/gyn office), and a subspecialty experience (reproductive endocrinologist, maternal-fetal specialist, uro-gynecologist, gynecologic oncologist). Provides opportunity for students to observe and gain basic knowledge in the care of both obstetrics and gynecology patients in inpatient and outpatient settings. Under supervision by attendings, students are involved in every aspect of the patient's care.
(Course changes effective summer 2013.)

Integrated Internal Medicine Clerkship (MDC 7200 BCC 7110) 12 20 credits
Prerequisite: Enrolled in the third year of the medical program
Students develop a comprehensive approach to the evaluation and care of the adult medical patient, continuing to improve their ability to obtain, record, analyze and communicate clinical information. Each student gains an awareness of the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes that internists strive to acquire and maintain throughout their professional lives. Students have supervised responsibility for patient care, learning to integrate clinical knowledge with practical experience.
(Changes effective summer 2013.)

Critical Care Clerkship (MDC 7340) 7 credits
Prerequisites: Medical students only; must have successfully passed the MBME Step 1 exam
The goal of the clerkship is to approach the ICU/CCU as an applied physiology laboratory, emphasizing normal human physiology, the pathophysiology of disease and the scientific underpinnings of diagnosis and therapeutic intervention.
(New course effective fall 2014.)

Pediatrics Clerkship (MDC 7400 BCC 7140) 6 20 credits
Prerequisite: Enrolled in the third year of the medical program
Provides medical students with the knowledge and clinical experience necessary to develop basic skills in the evaluation and management of health and disease in infants, children and adolescents. An introduction to the care of children emphasizing those aspects of pediatrics that should be understood and mastered by all physicians, regardless of ultimate career goals.
(Course changes effective summer 2013.)

Integrated Surgery Clerkship (MDC 7600 BCC 7160) 12 20 credits
Prerequisite: Enrolled in the third year of the medical program
An intense clinical experience that introduces students to the basic principles of surgery. Equips students with the knowledge and skills relevant to surgical management that all physicians should possess. Aims to emphasize patient responsibility and professional behavior as essential qualities for young physicians to develop.
(Course changes effective summer 2103.)


Emergency Medicine Clerkship (MDC 7710) 7 credits

Prerequisites: Medical students only; must have successfully passed the MBME Step 1 exam
Introduces students to the emergency physician's unique approach to clinical problems. Teaches students to assess the acute presentation of disease and develop skills in initial management and stabilization of patients with a wide variety of illness severity.
(New course effective fall 2014.)

Clinical Neurology Clerkship (MDC 7800) 7 credits
Prerequisites: Medical students only; must have successfully passed the MBME Step 1 exam
A patient-centered area of medicine dedicated to understanding, studying, diagnosing, managing and treating the diseases of the central, peripheral (nerves and muscles) and autonomic nervous systems.
(New course effective fall 2014.)

Psychiatry Clerkship (MDC 7830 BCC 7150) 6 15 credits
Prerequisite: Enrolled in the third year of the medical program

Part of the six-month longitudinal integrated clerkship experience (FCHS). Divided into two sections: A four-week inpatient experience and an integrated outpatient/subspecialty experience. Designed to help students develop clinical skills and a knowledge base in psychiatry. In addition to the inpatient, outpatient, C-L Substance Abuse and off-campus experiences, students attend regular didactic lectures.
(Course changes effective summer 2013.)

Elective Rotation (MDE 8011) 6-12 credits
Prerequisite: Enrolled in the fourth year of medical program
Fourth year electives accommodate the diverse educational needs of medical students. They offer students the opportunity to explore diverse options in the field of medicine and provide them the opportunity to further their medical knowledge, skills and attitudes.
(New course effective spring 2014.)

Transition to Residency (MDE 8067) 6 credits
Prerequisite: Completion of all other fourth year courses and requirements
This two-week capstone course is offered in March at the end of the 4th year. Prepares students to work effectively as interns, residents and practicing physicians. It helps students to develop the knowledge, attitude and skills necessary to be successful in their professional lives.
(New course effective spring 2014.)

Internal Medicine Sub-Internship (MDI 7200) 14 credits
Prerequisites: Medical students only; must have successfully passed the MBME Step 1 exam
A sub-internship in internal medicine that represents an extension of the year three course and a transition to post-graduate medical training after obtaining the M.D. degree.
(New course effective fall 2014.)

Surgery Sub-Internship (MDI 7600) 14 credits
Prerequisites: Medical students only; must have successfully passed the MBME Step 1 exam
Builds upon the skill and knowledge base of the third-year clerkship by placing the fourth-year student on busy surgery service as an acting intern.
(New course effective fall 2014.)

Acting Internship Rotation (MDI 8010) 12 credits
Prerequisite: Enrolled in the fourth year of the M.D. program
The overall goal of this course is for the student to provide care for a group of patients, applying knowledge and clinical reasoning to medical practice. These rotations provide the opportunity for the student to assume a high level of responsibility for patient care.
(New course; effective spring 2014.)

Selective Rotation (MDS 8011) 12 credits
Prerequisite: Enrolled in the fourth year of medical program
Selective rotations explore the diversity of medical fields and increase the educational experience,providing hands-on patient care through the scope of multiple specialties. Students evaluate patients under supervision and have meaningful patient care experiences in the specialties they choose.
(New course effective spring 2014.)

Advanced Cell Physiology (PCB 6207) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Course describes in-depth membrane physiology, intracellular signaling pathways and cellular function, with an emphasis on neurons and human muscle cells (skeletal, smooth and cardiac muscle cells).

Molecular Basis of Human Cancer (PCB 6235) 3 credits
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and PCB 4023 or BCH 3033 or PCB 6207 with minimum grade of "B-"
Course covers current concepts and knowledge of cancer, exploring the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying cancer progression with an aim to understand the processes of tumorigenesis.

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Problem-Based Immunology (PCB 6238) 3 credits

Prerequisites: Graduate standing and PCB 4233 or equivalent with a minimum grade of "B-"
Course provides an up-to-date understanding of the basic science of immunology and how that science applies to the realities of patient care. The fundamental mechanisms of immunity are illustrated by cases of genetic defects in the immune system, immune complex diseases, immune mediated hypersensitivity reactions and autoimmune and alloimmune diseases.

Tumor Immunology (PCB 6239) 3 credits
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and PCB 4233 or equivalent with a minimum grade of "B-"
Explores the role of the immune system in cancer and the implications for the host. The effect of the tumor-host interactions on the developing neoplasm are studied by considering related topics such as angiogenesis, MMPs, chemokines and metastasis. Additionally, the course explores the role of the immune system in defense against the tumors and the mechanism by which cancer cells escape the surveillance system.

RNA Biology and Diseases (PCB 6525) 3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Course provides advanced-level training in molecular biology of RNA. Topics covered include principles of RNA structure, function and metabolism; methodologies for studying RNA; diseases related to RNA deficiencies; and applications of RNA technologies in research and clinical development.

Molecular Biology of the Cardiovascular System and Cardiac Disease (PCB 6705) 3 credits
Prerequisites: BCH 3034, PCB 4023, or permission of instructor
Examination of the molecular biology of cellular function focused on tissue adaptation in cardiovascular disease. Investigation of survival responses to cellular stress in atherosclerosis, cardiac hypertrophy, myocardial ischemia and hypertension.

Reproductive Endocrinology (PCB 6804) 3 credits
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor
Course describes the origin, structure, properties and physiological actions of hormones related to reproductive function, as well as the clinical implications of their deficiency and excess at different stages of life. Anatomy, histology and physiology of reproductive organs and related endocrine glands are studied. This course is taught in a case-based manner. Students are required to prepare and present a topic related to the lectures at the end of the course.

Adult Neurogenesis (PCB 6848) 3 credits
Prerequisites: Graduate standing and PSB 6037 or PSB 6345 or equivalent
The background of stem cells and neuroscience is covered followed by several aspects of neurogenesis, including where neurogenesis happens in the brain, how it happens, why it happens and, more importantly, how it might help the brain heal itself.

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Physiology of the Heart (PCB 6885) 3 credits
Prerequisites: BCH 3034, PCB 4023, or permission of instructor
Course emphasizes the relationship between the biochemical properties of the individual constituents of the heart cell (myocardium), the biophysics of cardiac muscle function and the performance of the intact heart. The course format will involve lectures, journal club presentations, round table discussions, invited speakers as well as special projects.

Directed Independent Study (PCB 6905) 1-3 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and Department
Independent research.

Special Topics (PCB 6933) 1-8 credits
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Topics of interest to students in Biomedical Science, such as clinical microbiology and protein misfolding and disease.

Graduate Seminars (PCB 6934) 1-2 credits
Graduate students will give one to two presentations on research papers or specific topics (1-2 credits).
Grading: S/U

Master's Thesis (PCB 6971) 1-12 credits
Grading: S/U

Thesis-Related Research (PCB 6974) 2-3 credits
Prerequisite: Biomedical Science master's thesis students only
This course is a vehicle allowing students to conduct research for their master's thesis prior to writing and defending their proposal.

Developmental Neurobiology (PSB 6515) 3 credits
Prerequisites: PSY 1012 and PSB 3002
In-depth coverage of the principles and recent advances in the development of the brain and nervous system, including nerve cell migration, axon outgrowth, specificity, plasticity, neurotrophism, nerve cell death and the influence of experience on the nervous system.

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Link to Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine Programs