University of Virginia
The Rotunda at U.Va.
School of Medicine
General Information  |  Admissions Policy  |  The Curriculum | Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

MED 601 - (0) (Y)
Cell and Tissue Structure

Cell and Tissue Structure is integrated with Physiology into a year-long course that provides a correlated structure/function approach to cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems.

MED 602 - (0) (Y)
Gross Anatomy

The structure and function of the body. This is the basic biological course in which students learn the morphological setting upon which clinical knowledge and experience are built. In this course, anatomy is approached from gross structural and embryological perspectives.

MED 605 - (0) (Y)
Medical and Molecular Genetics

An overview of the basic and clinical aspects of the rapidly changing field of human genetics. The course begins with the building blocks of inheritance: DNA structure, replication, transcription, and translation. Included is the area of human cytogenetics and a number of important clinical cytogenetic abnormalities.

MED 606 - (0) (Y)

This course establishes a perspective regarding the breadth of the discipline of biochemistry, while starting to recognize the importance of molecular biochemical detail.

MED 608 - (0) (Y)

Emphasis is on the structure and function of the central nervous system. Neural disease is discussed to provide a context for understanding normal neural function and to illustrate the reasoning process that uses an understanding of functional neuroanatomy to localize neural dysfunction.

MED 610 - (0) (Y)

An integrated study of the histology and physiology of the major organ systems of the human body, including the autonomic nervous system, cardiovascular system, urinary system, respiratory system, digestive system, endocrine system, and reproductive systems.

MED 613 - (0) (Y)
Exploratory I

MED 615 - (0) (Y)
Practice of Medicine I

The understanding of the patient’s humanity and how interaction and treatment affect patients and their family and community. Provides a format for actively learning the fundamental attitudes, skills, and knowledge required of a physician.

MED 616 - (0) (Y)

Mental disorders and the clinical skills necessary to diagnose and treat such conditions.

MED 618 - (0) (Y)

An identification of the most likely causative agents of disease and how to appreciate differential diagnoses of infectious diseases based on symptoms, epidemiology, and laboratory tests.

MED 622 - (0) (Y)

The study of pathology beginning at the cellular and molecular level, examining the ways in which cells may be injured, adapt to injury, or die.

MED 623 - (0) (Y)
Exploratory II

MED 625 - (0) (Y)
Practice of Medicine II

An expansion of the student’s knowledge base to include clinical information, differential diagnoses, pathophysiology, and treatment. Develops problem-solving abilities and establishes the practices of study and evaluation for use throughout a professional career.

MED 630 - (0) (Y)

The basic mechanisms of action of the major drug classes, the fundamentals of their therapeutic use, and the major representative drugs of each class.

MED 632 - (0) (Y)

A combination of the basic clinical sciences of biostatistics, clinical epidemiology, health services research, and informatics, aiming to provide a better understanding of the relationships among biologic discoveries, patient characteristics, treatment options, systems, and outcomes.

MED 642 - (0) (S)

As active members of the health care delivery team, students on the medicine clerkship will have appropriately supervised responsibilities for their patients. During the inpatient rotations, a complete written evaluation is done on approximately three patients per week.

MED 646 - (0) (S)
Obstetrics & Gynecology

The OB/GYN clerkship encompasses primary care women's health, normal labor and obstetric complications, benign and malignant gynecologic conditions, and basic surgical technique.

MED 648 - (0) (S)

Exposure to pediatric inpatients, ambulatory pediatric patients, children with developmental problems and/or chronic diseases such as nutritional problems, babies in the newborn nursery, acutely ill children, and one or more pediatric subspecialty outpatient clinics.

MED 650 - (0) (S)

Surgical physiology and anesthesiology (physiologic responses to anesthesia and surgery), fluid and electrolytes, nutrition and energy exchange, endocrine responses, cardiopulmonary-renal responses, wounds including trauma (thermal and physical), inflammation, infections, and immunology.

MED 652 - (0) (S)

The fundamentals of psychiatric assessment and the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric illness, including the common medical and neurological disorders that relate to the practice of psychiatry.

MED 656 - (0) (S)
Family Medicine

The clinical skills, knowledge, problem-solving skills, and professional attitudes necessary to assess and care for patients in the family practice setting.

Med 670 - (0) (Y)
Electives Program

The fourth year is predominantly an elective year. All students must earn 28 elective credits, including an Advanced Clinical Elective (ACE), plus complete four weeks of the Neurology clerkship and the Public Health course as requirements for graduation. There are ten periods between the end of the third year and graduation in May of the following year.

MED 671 - (0) (SS)
Clinical Electives

For August graduates finishing the Electives program.

MED 672 - (0) (S)

A firm grounding in fundamental neurological concepts, and in the recognition and initial management of emergent and common neurological problems. The clerkship relies on the premise that students will show self-directed learning with the experiences provided.

MED 673 - (0) (SS)
Clinical Medicine

MED 675 - (0) (SS)
Summer Research

MED 676 - (0) (SS)
Summer Family Practice

MED 677 - (0) (SS)
Introduction to Generalist Medicine

MED 679 - (0) (SS)
Basic Science

MED 698 - (0) (Y)

MED 699 - (0) (Y)
Special Studies

Graduate Record Home  |  School of Medicine Home