Pre-Clerkship

Pre-Clerkship

Year 1 & 2 of Medical School introduces students to the fundamentals of medicine through a series of system-based courses that emphasize basic science and clinical applications.

The primary goal of years 1 and 2 is to prepare medical students for supervised learning in the clinical environment. The material is presented in a series of system-based courses. Each course presents the material in a reasoned progression from basic information to clinical application.

Longitudinal Themes is a longitudinal course that encompasses all aspects of the development of a physician including but not limited to professionalism, evidence-based medicine, ethics, health equity, patient safety, patient immersion experiences, communication skills and physical examination.

For more information about Year 1 & 2 courses, please consult the University Calendar

University of Alberta Calendar


Curriculum Outline

MED 511 Foundations of Medicine and Dentistry
An introduction to the basic health science with a review of some aspects of the essential biochemistry, physiology, anatomy and pharmacology. Particular emphasis on basic medical genetics.
MED 513 Endocrine System
An examination of the endocrine system in health and disease, with particular reference to the mechanisms of disturbances in the endocrine system and the management of these conditions.
MED 515 Cardiovascular System
The normal function of the heart and blood vessels, the changes in these functions which occur in disease and the management of the conditions which result from such changes in function.
MED 512 Pulmonary System
The normal function of the lungs, the changes in these functions which occur in disease and the management of the conditions which result from such changes in function.
MED 519 Renal System
The normal function of the kidney, the changes in these functions which occur in disease and the management of the conditions which result from such changes in function.
MED 516 Longitudinal Themes
This course will encompass all aspects of the development of a physician including but not limited to professionalism, evidence based medicine, ethics, health equity, patient safety, patient immersion experiences, early clinical experiences, communication skills and physical examination, public health, health systems
MED 517 First Year Elective
Elective time to be developed by the students in consultation with a Faculty supervisor.
MED 521 - Gastroenterology and Nutrition
An integrated course covering nutrition, gastrointestinal physiology, pathophysiology and anatomy. Related surgical, pediatric and geriatric topics will also be addressed.
MED 522 - Reproductive Medicine and Urology
An overview of reproductive medicine in both genders, including discussion of conception, pregnancy and fetal development, birth, reproductive technology and relevant health-related issues in men and women. Also covered will be the physiology, pathophysiology and anatomy of the urinary tract, and management of problems in the genitourinary system. Open only to students registered in the MD program.
MED 523 - Musculoskeletal System
Anatomy, Physiology,Pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the disorders of the skin and the musculoskeletal system.
MED 524 - Neurosciences and Organs of Special Senses
Fundamental Clinical Neurosciences taught in an integrated fashion. Involves instruction in subject areas related to the head and neck, including Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology, Neuropathology, Neuropharmacology, Neuroradiology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, Rehabilitation Medicine, Otorhinolaryngology and Ophthalmology.
MED 525 - Oncology
Principles and concepts of clinical oncology.
MED 529 - Psychiatry
Psychiatry is the medical specialty devoted to the study, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders. Each mental health disorder will be explored in terms of definition, epidemiology, etiology, pathophysiology, signs, symptoms, investigations, treatment and prognosis.
MED 520 - Pre-Clinical Exam
Final pre-clinical exam for students registered in the Year 2 of the MD program.
MED 526 Longitudinal Themes
This course will build upon the knowledge and skills derived from Longitudinal Themes I. This course will encompass all aspects of the development of a physician, including but not limited to professionalism, ethics, health equity, patient safety, patient immersion experiences, early clinical experiences, communication skills and physical examination, public health, health systems, and evidence based medicine.
MED 527 - Second Year Elective
Elective time to be developed by the student in consultation with a Faculty supervisor.
MED 528 - Optional Summer Elective
An optional elective of variable length, to be developed by the student in consultation with a Faculty supervisor.

Contact Information - Year 1 & 2

Year 1 Administrator: Sherry Toronchuk
phone: 780-492-0279
email: ume.year1admin@ualberta.ca

Year 2 Administrator: Melissa Coumont
phone: 780-248-1311
email: ume15@ualberta.ca

Administrator Electives: Norma Maloney
phone: 780-492-6743
email: electives@ualberta.ca