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Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education

Biomedical Science Program Curriculum

The Sophie Davis School's unique integrated curriculum leading to the B.S. degree in Biomedical Science creates a dynamic learning environment that encourages students to achieve their maximum intellectual and personal development. Students of the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education are carefully selected to meet the demands of a career in the health professions.

The Five-Year Curriculum


The curriculum for the first five years of the Biomedical Science Program in the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education is designed to foster student interest in careers providing services to underserved urban communities. See details below.

The Academic Year


The academic year encompasses a fall and spring semester. Biomedical Science students are required to take a minimum of 12 credit hours each fall and spring semester to be considered full-time students. In addition, following their second and third years, students attend summer classes.

Student Evaluation


Students in the Sophie Davis School are required to earn a grade of "B-" or better in all biomedical subjects and a grade of "C" or better in all other academic courses required for graduation. The Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education Student Handbook provides more details on these requirements.

Students are provided with extensive personal support to help assure satisfactory progress in their studies, including a review of their records twice a year by the Sophie Davis Committee on Student Academic Progress. Where appropriate, the Committee recommends remedial study for students who are not meeting the required academic standards. Students who are unable to meet required levels of academic progress following opportunities for remedial studies are subject to dismissal from the program. If qualified, these students may explore the option of transferring into the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences of the City College to pursue a medical education through the traditional route.

Application to Cooperating Medical Schools


Early in the fall semester of the fourth year, students begin the application process to the cooperating medical schools: Albany Medical College, New York Medical College, New York University School of Medicine, Northeast Ohio Medical University College of Medicine, and State University of New York (SUNY) Health Science Center at Brooklyn.

Candidates generally are invited to interview with several of the medical schools to which they have applied. Over the next few months, the medical schools rank their applicants and students rank the schools in order of preference. In the matching process, both the preference of the schools and of the students is taken into account. Students are provisionally admitted to one of the medical schools. While each school has a limited number of places, most students are admitted to one of the schools to which they have given a high ranking.

Following the successful completion of the first five years of the curriculum and passing Part I of the U.S. Medical Licensure Examination, students may be transferred to the medical school to which they were admitted to complete their clinical training.

Biomedical Science Program Curriculum


The following is an outline of the first five years of study in the Biomedical Science Program at the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.

 


FIRST YEAR - FALL SEMESTER 2013
 
NUMBER   COURSE TITLE CREDITS
BIO 20700   Biology of Organisms 4
FIQWS 10013
  Freshman Inquiry Writing Seminar- Creative Expression: Narrative Medicine
3
FIQWS 10113

Freshman Inquiry Writing Seminar- Creative Expression: Composition
3
PHYS 20300   General Physics I 4
NSS 10000   New Freshman Seminar 0
WCIV 10100 / 10200 World Civilizations: Prehistory to 1500 A.D. / World Civilizations: 1500 A.D. to present
3
TOTAL   17
FIRST YEAR - SPRING SEMESTER 2014
 
NUMBER   COURSE TITLE CREDITS
MED 10200   Principles of General Chemistry 5
PHYS 20400   General Physics II 4
USSO 10100  

The Development of the United States and its people

3
ENGL 21003
  Writing for the Sciences
3
TOTAL   15

SECOND YEAR - FALL SEMESTER 2014
 
NUMBER   COURSE TITLE CREDITS
MED 20300   Bio-Organic Chemistry 5
MATH 17700   Introduction to Biostatistics 3
BIO 20600   Introduction to Genetics 4
PSY 10200   Applications of Psychology in the Modern World 3
    Elective 3
TOTAL   18
SECOND YEAR - SPRING SEMESTER 2015
 
NUMBER   COURSE TITLE CREDITS
MED 20400   Molecules to Cells I 4
MED 21400   Health, Medicine & Society I - Culture, Health & Illness/Community Oriented Primary Care 3
MED 22401   Health, Medicine & Society II - Practicum in Community Health Assessment
2
MED 23400   Health, Medicine & Society III - Field Work in Community Medicine 5
    Elective 3
TOTAL   17

THIRD YEAR - FALL SEMESTER 2015
 
NUMBER   COURSE TITLE CREDITS
MED 30500   Molecules to Cells II 3
MED 33501   Health, Medicine & Society IV - Fundamentals of Epidemiology 3
MED 36500

Third Year Longitudinal Clinical Experience: Introduction to Primary Care I
.5
PHIL 10200**   Introduction to Philosophy
3
    Elective** 3
TOTAL   12.5
THIRD YEAR - SPRING SEMESTER 2016
 
NUMBER   COURSE TITLE CREDITS
MED 33602   Human Gross Anatomy, Human Development and Organ Imaging 7
MED 34601

STEP 4: Systemic Functions I
3
MED 44700

STEP 4: Systemic Functions II
5
MED 36600

Third Year Longitudinal Clinical Experience: Introduction to Primary Care II
.5
TOTAL   15.5

FOURTH YEAR - FALL SEMESTER 2016
 
NUMBER   COURSE TITLE CREDITS
MED 47802

STEP 7: Behavioral Medicine
4
MED 45701   STEP 5: Medical Pharmacology 7.5
MED 41700   Health, Medicine & Society V - The U.S. Health Care System 3
MED 42700   Patient-Doctor I 1
TOTAL   15.5
FOURTH YEAR - SPRING SEMESTER 2017
 
NUMBER   COURSE TITLE CREDITS
MED 46800   STEP 6: Neuroscience 5
MED 59901   STEP 9: Neuro-Psychiatry
3
MED 48801   STEP 8: Host Defense, Infection and Pathogenesis 10
MED 42800   Patient-Doctor II 3
TOTAL   21

FIFTH YEAR - FALL SEMESTER 2017
 
NUMBER   COURSE TITLE CREDITS
MED 33603

Histology and Cell Biology
4
MED 51902   STEP 10: Systemic Pathology I 5.5
MED 52902   STEP 11: Introduction to Clinical Medicine I 5
MED 53900   Clinical Decision Making and Evidence-Based Medicine 2
MED 54900

Physical Diagnosis I
.5
TOTAL   17
FIFTH YEAR - SPRING SEMESTER 2018
 
NUMBER   COURSE TITLE CREDITS
MED 51903   STEP 10: Systemic Pathology II 2
MED 55000   Physical Diagnosis II
4
MED 53003   STEP 11: Introduction to Clinical Medicine II 6
TOTAL   12

SIXTH AND SEVENTH YEARS
 

During the sixth and seventh years, students complete clerkships and other academic work in accordance with the requirements of the particular medical school (of the cooperating institutions) to which they transfer for this part of the M.D. curriculum.