Phase I Overview
The Phase I curriculum consists of thirteen modules that comprise year one and year two of the four-year medical school program. These modules integrate core basic science disciplines including anatomy, biochemistry, histology, microbiology, neuroscience, pathology, pharmacology, and physiology as well as basic clinical skills, preventive medicine, ethics, behavioral sciences, and other topics relevant to clinical practice.
As the curriculum is fluid, module directors often revise their schedules. Updated calendars are posted immediately upon revision. Please be sure to check the Academic Calendars page often. The latest revision date is listed under each academic calendar. Updates are also immediately reflected in the JayDocs calendar.
Lecture: Lectures are typically held between 9 am and noon, Monday-Friday. Lecture scheduling varies for each module. Students are reminded to check the latest calendar posting to ensure that they are aware of the lecture schedule.
Small Group: Small group meetings in which students analyze and discuss topics related specifically to the module content.
Histopathology Lab: The University of Kansas, School of Medicine is a leader in virtual microscopy for the study of histopathology in undergraduate medical education. Students view virtual slides via the Aperio Digital Pathology software. Each laboratory integrates histology and pathology with a detailed protocol, including links to digital slides, a narrated overview of each virtual slide, and appropriate clinical cases. The difficulty and amount of pathology content of the cases increases as students advance, from simple tissues in the Foundations module to organs and organ pathology in later modules. The lab experience is focused on self-directed learning, so each student develops her/his own atlas before the live lab. Each room is divided into 3 presenting groups. One group takes the lead during each session and teaches the other two groups of students in the room. An instructor/facilitator is present in each room and grades students on their atlases, development of learning objectives,, and their presentation. Active learning is achieved through peer-to-peer teaching coupled with the students' developing their own specific learning objectives for each laboratory. At the end of each session, students take a randomized on-line formative quiz, based on the content for that lab. Questions are designed to integrate histology and pathology, through the use of clinical vignettes.
Gross Anatomy Lab: Activity in which students dissect human cadavers to learn the size, shape, feel and location of anatomical structures and how these structures can vary from one body to another.
Clinical Skills Lab: Lab activities include Standardized Patient (SP) encounters that are integrated into the modules and will sometimes correlate with PBL sessions. There are also scheduled small group sessions with Physical Exam Teaching Assistants (PETAs) during which students will learn and practice the clinical exam components that correlate with the modules.
Problem-Based-Learning (PBL). Student-centered, small group activity that allows students to examine a hypothetical case relevant to a particular module. The PBL case is a 2-session activity in which students sequentially receive case information and must analyze and diagnosis the patient’s condition. The PBL case sometimes involves interacting with a Standardized Patient in the Neis Clinical Skills Laboratory. This activity helps students develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills as applied in a clinical setting.
Preceptor Visit. Each student is assigned to a preceptor whom they shadow in a clinical setting. Each visit with the preceptor is an opportunity to practice skills learned during lectures and in the clinical skills lab. It is also an opportunity to observe and learn how to be a medical professional. The goal of preceptor visits is to provide general exposure to clinical skills in various settings. Preceptors represent a wide variety of disciplines that may not always directly address the content area specific to any given module. The visits, however, do provide an opportunity for students to better understand clinical skills and professional practices.
Neuro Lab. This activity is unique to the Brain and Behavior module in Year 2. The purpose of these sessions is to teach students about the general organization of the central nervous system, the major pathways that subserve its sensory and motor functions, and its vascular supply. In the lab sessions, instructors will use gross brain specimens, photographs and drawings from the Haines atlas, as well as other diagrams and photographs, to illustrate the laboratory material.
Writing Assignments: Modules may include a brief writing assignment that include such topics as health disparities and health care issues that impact the elderly.
Serving as a Preceptor
The KU School of Medicine uses community physicians to serve as preceptors. Students consistently rate the preceptor experience as one of the “best parts” of their medical school education and state that these experiences are invaluable for learning to apply learned skills in “real Life” settings. Preceptors report that these teaching experiences are meaningful and rewarding opportunities to impart their knowledge, skills and attitudes to students.
Preceptors meet with their assigned student(s) for 3-4 hours per module (seven times in Year 1; six times in Year 2) and receive a copy of the “objectives” for each module visit prior to the student visit.
Volunteer preceptors must have a Volunteer Faculty Appointments at the University of Kansas. As a volunteer faculty member, preceptors have full access to Dykes Library, the Kirmayer Fitness Center and will be assigned a KU e-mail account.
Serving as a PBL Facilitator
Problem-Based-Learning (PBL) is a student-centered, small group activity that allows students to examine a hypothetical case relevant to a particular module. This activity helps students develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills as applied in a clinical setting. The role of the facilitator is to encourage participation, monitor the group's progress and provides guidance when necessary. The facilitator neither lectures nor leads the activity.
Facilitators agree to meet with their assigned group for each PBL session during an entire academic year. Occasionally, two facilitators are assigned to one group. In this case, it is common for facilitators to take turns facilitating sessions. On occasion, both facilitators decide to attend each session.
If you would like to serve as a preceptor or a PBL facilitator, please contact Dorothea Paiva at 913-945-6671 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer preceptors are eligible to claim up to 20 hours of self-reported AAFP Prescribed credit for teaching medical students. This activity is also eligible for AMA PRA Category 2 credit. At the end of the academic year, preceptors receive a frame-able certificate and a letter of appreciation.
Phase I Staff