Year 2

Foundations II

The second year’s From Health to Disease units integrate Physiology, Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Systemic Pathology using an organ-based approach. The first unit includes Pulmonary, Renal and Cardiovascular. The second unit includes Hematology/Oncology, Rheumatology, Microbiology/Infectious Diseases and a Dermatology curriculum. The final unit consists of Nutrition, Gastroenterology, Endocrine and Reproductive.  All components of From Health to Disease are extensively integrated with the longitudinal Introduction to Clinical Reasoning course.

The Introduction to Clinical Reasoning (ICR) course builds on the Foundation of  Evidence-Based Medicine and Clinical Reasoning courses from first year. This small group experience meets nine times (two-hour sessions) between mid-September and early March to work through a series of cases based on common chief complaints that emphasize key aspects and pitfalls of clinical reasoning. In the intervening weeks, students prepare for the sessions by working through on-line virtual cases.

During CAP II students spend either Monday or Tuesday at their primary care site. Students in the Maine Track travel to Maine every other week to spend Monday and Tuesday at their primary care site. A series of workshops emphasize advanced topics in physical diagnosis and office based procedures.

An optional USMLE Step 1 Board Review course is conducted beginning in early January through mid March.

Active citizenship is a core value of Tufts University.  All medical students are required to complete a community service project during their tenure at TUSM. This requirement stems from the belief that the role of physicians extends beyond the clinic and hospital walls, and that future physicians will benefit enormously from first-hand experience working in the community. Through the Community-Service Learning (CSL) program students serve a minimum of 50 hours in a community with the goal of improving their communication, organization, and teamwork skills. Students have the opportunity to examine issues such as healthcare disparities, community outreach, public health initiatives, humanitarian service, and global health programs.