Our education is small-group driven rather than lecture-based. Typically, students will spend their day on campus in a group of 8-10, with one faculty member. When in clinic, generally 2-4 students are paired with each physician.
Course 1: Foundation of Medicine
The goal of the Foundations of Medical Science course is to review molecular bases of life and prepare students for further studies. During this course, students will become familiar with basic knowledge in 6 fundamental disciplines; biochemistry, molecules, cells/tissues, pathology, genes and development, oncology, and basic pharmacology.
Course 2: Attack and Defense
This course is dedicated to immunology and microbiology. It is built on the previous block and reviews all key concepts in these two areas. This course is an introduction to basic immunology, virology, and microbiology. Emphasis is first placed on understanding the fundamentals of these disciplines, with examples relevant to clinical and diagnostic medicine.
Course 3: Skeletal Structure and Function
In this 4-week block, students will learn several of the most common conditions including pathophysiological features, diagnosis, and basic management options. The first two weeks are dedicated to skin and adnexal disorders. The second half of this block considers muscle and bone disorders.
Course 6: Energy & Metabolism
This course is designed to provide a deep experience in gastroenterology and hepatology aimed at gaining an understanding of the pathophysiology, molecular pathogenesis, and clinical management of diseases and exposure to current research in the field. This course also covers metabolism, hormones, and nutrition.
This year includes 6 courses and 2 longitudinal threads. Each course is 5-10 weeks long and the threads run throughout the year.
Course 1: Adaptation and Reproduction
This course will focus on the endocrine and reproductive systems, specifically, the cellular and physiological functions of hormones in health and disease. The emphasis will be made on understanding the underlying principles of endocrinology and mechanisms involved in hormone regulation.
Course 2: Sense and Sensibilities
This is a dedicated neuroscience unit that covers the central and peripheral nervous system, and the related physiology, pathology, and pharmacology. It integrates these studies with the discipline of behavioral science and includes introduction to clinical psychiatry. This course overlaps with the anatomy lab to maximize student immersion in the discipline.
Course 3: Generations
This course is designed to focus on embryology, pediatrics, and geriatrics general aspects. It is divided into three large parts. The first portion includes embryological development. The second portion of the course focuses on pediatric aspects, from newborns to adolescents. And in the last days of the course, we will cover some aspects of geriatrics, health care planning, medication management, and atypical presentations of diseases.
Course 4: Community-Based Medicine, Public Health and Health Policy
This course is created to provide students with a better understanding of the sciences of the North American healthcare system, including policy, cultural biases, and legal and social determinants of health.
Course 5: Preparation for the Clerkships
The objective of this course is to prepare students for their clerkship. This course combines simulation with regular class instruction in medical decision-making and development of procedural competencies.
Course 6: Clinical Reasoning and Critical Thinking
Students will be acquainted with the process of clinical reasoning including heuristics, different approaches, learning and teaching methodologies, and the sequence of problem-solving. Trainees will also learn how to recognize and monitor cognitive biases.
Longitudinal courses from Year 1 will continue during the second year. Intensive practice and USMLE preparations are added this year to ensure students are successful in passing their exam and starting their third-year clerkship experience.
Year 3 provides students with foundational knowledge of the basic clinical, medical, psychiatric, and surgical fields. Students will complete required rotations in Surgery, Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Neurology, and Obstetrics & Gynecology. Students complete these rotations at the American Canadian School of Medicine teaching hospitals and healthcare facilities. Clinical core rotations will be contracted with specific teaching hospitals in the U.S. and Canada in the future and scheduled through ACSOM for qualified students.
This year prepares each individual for the transition to residency training in the U.S. and Canada. Required senior rotations include acute care medicine (4 weeks), subinternship requirement (8 weeks), an additional 4 weeks in medicine, and 4 weeks in either Surgery/OB/Pediatrics subspecialties. Students complete these rotations at the American Canadian School of Medicine teaching hospital and healthcare facilities. International rotations will be contracted with specific teaching hospitals and facilities in the U.S. and Canada in the future and scheduled through ACSOM for qualified students.
Global Health Requirement is 6 weeks and offered along with the American Canadian School of Medicine online Tropical Medicine and Emerging Infection course. These requirements stem from the belief that tomorrow’s medical graduates need to have 'global health' competencies to effectively deal with emerging epidemics and pandemics.