The traditional basic science disciplines, including anatomy, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and physiology form the scientific foundations necessary for the development of successful medical students. Faculty within the Department of Biomedical Sciences are responsible for overseeing the integration of these foundational basic sciences within the context of relevant clinical applications throughout the four year undergraduate medical education program in the medical school.
For each of the courses in the Foundations of Medicine (Years 1 and 2), a faculty member from the Biomedical Sciences Department serves as the basic science course director; sharing this responsibility along with the corresponding clinical course director. Working together with their clinical counterparts, the Department faculty are responsible for the design, development, and implementation of an integrated basic and clinical science curriculum for each undergraduate course.
A key outcome of our curriculum is not to simply cover content, but rather help the undergraduate medical student understand the foundational science in a meaningful manner that can be effectively transferred to biomedical and clinical situations. We want to make it possible for our students to apply their foundational science knowledge to the appropriate clinical problems they will encounter in the future. In order to achieve this goal of learning for understanding, it requires that our curriculum address the following academic goals:
- Assist the student with acquiring the important information and reasoning skills;
- Assist the student with making the curriculum content relevant and meaningful;
- Assist the student with effectively transferring classroom learning into real life applications.
The Department of Biomedical Sciences will also serve as a departmental home to foster faculty research programs at the medical school. Research programs in medical education, basic laboratory discovery, and translational and applied research that address relevant human health problems and issues will be supported within the department. Specific areas of research emphasis will be determined as the department develops and as new faculty members are recruited.
Dale Vandre, PhD
Chair, Department of Biomedical Sciences