Course Description

Introduction to Medicine is a two-week Block for incoming first-year medical students at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix. Designed to introduce students to the profession of Medicine and to the College of Medicine – Phoenix, the block ends with the White Coat Ceremony.

Learning Objectives

Educational Program Objectives are a subset of more broadly defined physician competencies, which represent general domains of performance for which the profession and the public hold physicians accountable.

Upon completing the Introduction to Medicine Block, students should be able to:

  • Discuss diagnostic procedures, reason deductively and collaborate to arrive at provisional diagnoses during simulated patient care exercises.
  • Document simulated patient data and communicate them effectively and collaboratively with the team.
  • Demonstrate awareness of ethical and social issues and assess information in educational resources during a simulated patient exercise.
  • Show integrity in all interactions with peers and professional colleagues.
  • Describe pathophysiology and genomics of breast cancer and explain how this disease impacts the lives of patients and their families and recognize how physicians influence this impact.
  • Identify and apply techniques used to give/receive effective feedback.
  • Recognize and discuss how the Educational Program Objectives (EPOs) drive the teaching and assessment within the college's curriculum.
  • Recognize the importance of self-directed active learning and how to assess individual learning needs as relevant approaches to learning the science of medicine.
  • Identify resources available to learn the science and practice of medicine.
  • Describe medicine as a profession that is guided by sound basic science knowledge, evidence based medicine, and professionalism.
  • Recognize how the various programs and diversity within the college support progressive academic and clinical experiences including opportunities for service learning, rural and global health experiences and awareness of diverse cultures.
  • Recognize Medicine as a profession and its potential impact on the lives of patients, families and self.
  • Describe the criteria by which medical students are assessed and how this process influences one’s own professional development.
  • Describe how disease impacts the lives of patients and their families and how physicians influence this impact.