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Pre-Clinical: Years 1 & 2

The PPC curriculum is based on the most common ways that patients present to a physician. These presentations provide the framework for the curricular structure. The Year 1 curriculum begins with a foundation course to provide basic mechanisms needed to understand the subsequent patient presentations and treatments. The year continues with relatively uncomplicated presentations organized by organ systems. Early clinical experiences are emphasized from the first week of instruction through the Clinical Skills, Osteopathic Principles and Practice and Early Clinical Exposure courses. Also in the first year, all students receive instruction important to WVSOM’s mission of training primary care physicians for rural medical practice, including a focus on the special health care needs in West Virginia.

First Year Courses

Course ID Title Credit Hours Description
607/FOM Foundations of Osteopathic Medicine 4.5
This course is designed to introduce basic topics in clinical sciences, biochemistry, cell biology, physiology, pharmacology, microbiology, immunology, epidemiology, anatomy and pathology. Mastery of these topics will be needed to allow student success in the patient presentation courses to follow.
610/MSK Musculoskeletal Course 3.5
This course is designed to provide biomedical science and clinical science foundations needed for diagnosing,
understanding the underlying disease mechanisms and treatment options for diseases and injuries of the
musculoskeletal system, within the context of common patient presentations.
609/Skin Skin Course 2.0
This course is designed to provide the basic clinical science and biomedical science foundations needed for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries of the skin and integumentary system within the context of common patient presentations.
620/CV Cardiovascular Course 3.0
This course is designed to provide the basic clinical science and biomedical science foundations needed for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injury of the cardiovascular system within the context of common patient presentations.
643/Resp Respiratory Course 2.5
This course is designed to provide the basic clinical science and biomedical science foundations needed for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injury of the respiratory system within the context of common patient presentations.
645/Neuro Neuroscience Course 3.5
This course is designed to provide the basic clinical science and biomedical science foundations needed for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the central nervous system within the context of common patient presentations.
692/B&L Blood and Lymph Course 3.0
This course is designed to provide the basic clinical science and biomedical science foundations needed for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the blood and lymph system within the context of common patient presentations.
651/GI Gastrointestinal Course 3.5
This course is designed to provide the basic clinical science and biomedical science foundations needed for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injury of the gastrointestinal system within the context of common patient presentations.
644/Renal Renal Course 1.5
This course is designed to provide the basic clinical science and biomedical science foundations needed for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injury of the renal systems within the context of common patient presentations.
680/Endo Endocrine Course 2.5
This course is designed to provide the basic clinical and biomedical science foundation needed for the diagnosis and treatment of disorders of the endocrine system within the context of common patient presentations.
685/Repro Reproductive Course 2.0
This course is designed to provide the basic clinical and biomedical science foundation needed for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injury to the reproductive system within the context of common patient presentations.
696/ECE Early Clinical Encounters .25
Physician shadowing experiences at the Robert C. Byrd Clinic.
698/CSI Clinical Skills I Lab 1.5
Students receive instruction in physical diagnosis and evaluation skills such as auscultation, use of
diagnostic equipment and physician-patient communication in a laboratory setting as preparation for early clinical contact. These labs include experience with standardized patients and human-patient simulators.
699/OPP I Osteopathic Principles and Practice Lab 2.0
This course provides an introduction to the principles of osteopathic medicine, emphasizing diagnostic palpation
methods and multiple corrective procedures for structural abnormalities. Integration of osteopathic principles and
practice with organ systems is maintained throughout the course of instruction. This hands-on course provides the
foundation for practice of osteopathic manipulative treatment.

Second Year Courses

Year 2 of the Patient Presentation Curriculum continues the presentation of basic clinical science and biomedical science foundations needed for the diagnosis and treatment of disease. Second-year presentations will become progressively more complex and incorporate previous presentations to form a spiral curriculum that reinforces and builds on previous learning. Students will continue to develop their clinical and osteopathic skills in lab courses.
 
Course ID Title Credit Hours Description
724/Heart Heart Course 2.0
This course explores the pathologic and physiologic basis of, the pharmacologic treatment for, and the clinical aspects of congenital heart and lung diseases, hypertension, myocarditis, cardiomyopathies and heart failure using a variety of modalities including lecture, team-based learning, application exercises and other small group activities.
726/Rheum  Rheum  2.0
This course presents studies of the basic clinical and biomedical foundations of osteopathic medicine centered on patient presentations involving diseases affecting the joints, connective tissue and muscular systems as well as rheumatic diseases and trauma.
728/Repro II Reproductive II Course 3.0
This course is designed to provide the biomedical and clinical science foundation needed for the diagnosis and
management of abnormal uterine bleeding, contraception, menopause, osteoporosis and pregnancy, using the context of common patient presentations.
736/Neuro II Neuroscience II Course 2.5
This course explores the basic clinical and biomedical foundations of osteopathic medicine centered around patient presentations involving nervous system medicine.
738/Renal II Renal II Course 1.5
This course focuses on the structural, functional and integrative aspects of the kidney and urinary system that underlie the pathologic mechanisms of the disease process. It starts out with a review of the basic physiologic mechanisms that underpin renal function and continues to evolve around the differential diagnosis of kidney diseases and therapeutics through case presentations of hematuria and chronic kidney disease. The basic science and clinical concepts encompassing diabetes mellitus type II is integrated in this module, as it is the leading cause of chronic kidney disease.
739/CP Cardiopulmonary Course 2.0
This course is divided into three sections:
Opening scheme is dyspnea, presenting a diverse group of pulmonary pathologies including interstitial, occupational, restrictive and vascular lung disease. Secondly, working off a scheme of chest pain, ischemic and valvular heart disease is presented including EKG interpretation, pharmacology, pathophysiology and an auscultation exercise. Finally, the scheme of syncope is presented and includes cardiac arrhythmias. Team-based learning is presented to support knowledge of ischemic and antiarrhythmic pharmacology.
742/GI II Gastrointestinal Course 2.5
This course is designed to provide the basic clinical and biomedical science foundations needed for the diagnosis
and treatment of diseases and injury of the gastrointestinal system. This is accomplished via participation in lectures, workshops, team-based learning and directed studies that apply pertinent anatomy, physiology, microbiology and pharmacology to clinically relevant case presentations.
744/BhM Behavioral Medicine Course 2.0 The Genitourinary Course is designed to provide the basic clinical and biomedical science foundations needed for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injury of the genital-urinary system. This is accomplished via participation in lectures, workshops, team-based learning, and directed studies that apply pertinent anatomy, physiology, microbiology, and pharmacology to clinically relevant case presentations.
747/BLIB Blood Immune Bone Course 2.0
This course is designed to provide the basic clinical and biomedical science foundations needed for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injury of the blood, immune and bone systems. This is accomplished via participation in lectures, workshops, team-based learning and directed studies that apply pertinent anatomy, physiology, microbiology and pharmacology to clinically relevant case presentations.
748/GU Genitourinary Course 2.0
This course is designed to provide the basic clinical and biomedical science foundations needed for the diagnosis
and treatment of diseases and injury of the genital-
urinary system. This is accomplished via participation in lectures, workshops, team-based learning and directed studies that apply pertinent anatomy, physiology, microbiology and pharmacology to clinically relevant case presentations.
749/Neuro III Neuroscience III Course 2.5
This course provides an overview of biomedical and clinical science related to motor weakness, stroke, localization of neural function, pain and addictions; as well as the medical and societal response to the phenomenon of the opioid crisis in the U.S., using the context of common patient presentations.
713/Skin II & MPF Medical Professionalism 2.0
This course is designed to provide the basic understanding of pathophysiology, typical presentations, pathologic features, diagnostic and management options associated with rashes and skin lesions. The Medical Professionalism will expose the student to professional responsibilities of a physician including participating in activities related to compassionate care, the safety of patients and commitment to ethical issues in research and patient care. Additional training in Basic Life Support (BLS) and Interprofessional Education (IPE) is provided.
795/CSII Clinical Skills II Lab 3.5
Clinical preparation is emphasized throughout the curriculum in the second year of instruction in the lab-
based course. Clinical instruction and practice are provided via lab and clinical experiences in the Robert C. Byrd Clinic and other medical facilities in the region including clinics, private physician offices, nursing homes, physical therapy, ambulance services and other allied health services. Clinical experiences include labs with standardized patients and with human-patient simulators. Additional training in proctology, casting/splinting, suturing, death, dying, domestic violence and other medical procedures are included.
731 OPP II Osteopathic Principles and Practice Lab II 1.5
Training in osteopathic principles and practice continues during the year. The osteopathic concepts of the integrity of the body, the interrelationships of structure and function and osteopathic manipulative treatment in health and/disease pervade the curriculum. One of the highlights of the second year is a student-driven free clinic for osteopathic structural diagnosis and osteopathic manipulative treatment under the supervision of OPP clinical faculty that provides students with hands-on experiences with actual patients.