Biomedical Sciences

Dale D. Vandre, PhD
Dale D. Vandré, PhD
Department Chair

Welcome from the Department Chair

In the Department of Biomedical Sciences, our faculty are committed to the successful integration of the foundational basic sciences that are vitally necessary for the success of our medical students. That foundation is formed by the traditional science disciplines, including anatomy, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and physiology. Our faculty oversee the incorporation of these basic sciences within the context of relevant clinical applications throughout the four-year undergraduate medical education program in the medical school.  

For each course in the Foundations of Medicine (Years 1 and 2), a faculty member from the department serves as the basic science course director and shares this responsibility with the corresponding clinical course director. Together, with their clinical counterparts, department faculty design, develop, and implement an integrated basic and clinical science curriculum for each undergraduate course. 

Together, we strive to help our medical students understand the foundational science in a meaningful manner that can be effectively transferred to biomedical and clinical situations. We aim to help students at WMed apply their foundational science knowledge to the appropriate clinical problems they will encounter in the future. This goal is achieved together through learning for understanding, and by having a curriculum that addresses the following academic goals:

  • Assist students with acquiring important information and reasoning skills
  • Help students make the curriculum content relevant and meaningful
  • Assist students in effectively transferring classroom learning into real-life applications

The Department of Biomedical Sciences also has as one of its charges to be a departmental home to foster faculty research programs at the medical school. Together, our work in medical education, basic laboratory discovery, and translational and applied research seeks to address relevant human health problems and issues.