Phase 1 of the ForWard Curriculum focuses on basic science while fully integrating clinical science and public health and is completed within 18 months of matriculation. A primary feature of Phase 1 is small group case based learning through Patient Centered Education (PaCE) Cases.
Patients, Professionalism and Public Health establishes a strong foundation for a student’s professional identity formation as a physician.
Body in Balance covers the key processes involved in maintaining internal balance in the body.
Food, Fasting and Fitness explores the chain of events by which food is converted to energy, highlighting the key role of nutrition and exercise in the maintenance of optimal health.
In Human Family Tree, students explore the molecular, genetic, embryologic, hormonal, anatomical and physiological factors that govern fertility, cell growth, fetal development and pregnancy.
Invaders and Defense teaches about innate immunity, the nature and clinical manifestations of the various types of biologic invaders, immune deficiency and hematologic malignancy.
Mind and Motion integrates musculoskeletal medicine, neurology and neuroscience, and psychiatry through the study of the structural functions of the body, from the anatomic to cellular levels.