Course Content

Clinically Integrative, High Yield Program Content

Emphasis is placed on critical thinking and cognitive reasoning skills in the question and answer format. In this context the following subject areas will be addressed with the focus on high yield core content, overlapping disciplines and clinical integration:

Anatomy and Physiology – including general and cellular functions, major body system physiology, fluid and electrolyte balance, and selected topics in gross and microscopic anatomy, neuroanatomy, and embryology.

Biochemistry – including major metabolic pathways, genetics, energy metabolism, biochemical aspects of cellular and molecular biology, and special biochemistry of tissues.

Microbiology and Immunology – including general microbial structure and function, microbial and molecular genetics, bacterial pathogens, virology, and immunology. We begin a comprehensive review of Micro pathogens from the first day of class – to view the list of daily pathogens, go to the Bug-a-Day list.

Pathology – including general pathology, major body system pathology, pathology of syndromes and complex reactions. We begin our clinical integrative review of Pathology from the first day of class. To view the daily diseases, go to the Disease-a-Day list. This is a high yield list designed to provide a clinical correlation with the overlapping basic science topic for that day.

Pharmacology – including general principles, major body system agents, antibiotics, chemotherapeutic agents, poisoning and therapy for intoxication. We begin reviewing Pharm from the first day of class. To view the daily drug(s), go to the Drug-a-Day list. This exam relevant content is designed to correlate and integrate basic science principles for that day.

Behavioral Sciences – including general behavioral conditioning, individual, interpersonal, and social behavior, statistics and epidemiology.

Who are we?

CPR Program Director Gordon Pullen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics and Assistant Dean for Basic Science Education, Office of Undergraduate Studies. He is responsible for program administration and planning, curriculum development, student progress assessment, guidance and record keeping.

CPR Program Co-Director – Karen DiMario, M.S., Instructor, Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy. She is responsible for administration of the daily operation, preparation and consistency of the program, curriculum development and student guidance.

CPR Program Counselor – LaVerne Urich, Psy. D. She is responsible for helping students develop practical and efficient study plans to overcome academic weaknesses, for encouraging them to recognize and manage stress, and for assisting with personal confidential counseling as needed.

CPR Program Consultant – Michael Moninger, Ph.D. He is an educational consultant with many years of experience as Director of Academic Support Services at the University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine in Madision, WI. He is a valuable resource for educational best practices and offers expert insight on success preparation for the USMLE Step 1 exam. Dr. Moninger also provides the Behavioral Science component of the review program.

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