Biology of Disease

Biology of Disease is taught in the second year under the auspices of the Departments of Medicine and Pathology, which provide most faculty as well as administrative support.  The course is designed  to provide a theoretical framework in Pathology and Pathophysiology with which the student can later develop  clinical skills.  One faculty member from Pathology and two from Medicine are the co-directors for this course. 

BoD runs throughout the second year of medical school.  The beginning of the course is devoted to general pathology and immunology.  Thereafter, the course is divided into organ-system blocks for the balance of the year. Each organ-system block is directed by two block coordinators, who determine the course content and format for lectures and small-group sessions, and coordinate faculty participation. 

The system blocks are:  General Pathology, Immunology, Cardiology, Respiratory, Renal, Hematology / Neoplasia, Gastroenterology, Dermatology, Reproductive, Endocrine, and Rheumatology.