An integrated basic science curriculum is becoming common in medical schools the world over. The basic sciences at AIMU are learned over the first five semesters and have traditionally been discipline-based. Beginning from the Spring 18 semester the MD4 subjects of systemic pathology, physical diagnosis and pharmacology are being organized as organ systems. The sequence of organ systems is as follows: Fundamental concepts, Peripheral and autonomic nervous system, Cardiovascular system, Musculoskeletal system, Respiratory system, Hematopoietic system, Gastrointestinal system, Renal system, Central nervous system and the Endocrine and Reproductive system. There will be an integrated exam at the end of each organ system and a final comprehensive exam toward the end of the semester. Small group and practical exams will also be conducted.
Dr Bala, Dr James and Dr Ravi are among the faculty members involved in this initiative which has been approved by the Curriculum Committee. Students will obtain a more integrated picture of abnormal pathophysiology, how these correlate with symptoms and signs on history taking and physical examination and the pharmacological treatment of different conditions.