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CURRICULUM

The DMS curriculum is a two-year (6 semesters), didactic and experential program resulting in a Doctor of Medical Science (DMS) degree. The curriculum will stress the interdependence of the biological, clinical, behavioral and social sciences. The emphasis will be on educating clinicians for primary care medicine, employing the distinctive medical model for the maintenance of health and treatment of disease. The second year educational track will emphasize adult-learning principles, curriculum design, and other faculty development topics.

A primary care clinician must be skilled in problem-solving and demonstrate expertise in diagnosis. The DMS curriculum will advance students medical knowledge, provide an opportunity for students to collaborate with medical experts for the advancement problem-solving skills and diagnosis. The curriculum emphasizes the integration of the basic and clinical sciences in medical practice. The curriculum divided into a pre-clinical phase and a clinical or educational phase. 

PRE-CLINICAL CURRICULUM

The pre-clinical curriculum will address both fundamental scientific concepts and advanced clinical medicine. The core curriculum will advance the student’s knowledge of the anatomical, biochemical, and immunologic sciences, provide advanced clinical competence in 9 medical specialties and prepare the student to navigate and produce medical literature.

PRE-CLINICAL COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

DMS-800 Research Design & Writing for the Health Professional (1 credit hours)

This course concentrates on the goals, design, and implementation of research projects and develops the skills needed to write about health and medicine topics. The research component will focus on research techniques such as survey, experimental, quantitative, qualitative, & mixed methods approach. Topics covered include research ethics, basic descriptive and inferential statistics, and data interpretation. The writing component will outline the skills needed to write about health and medicine related topics for diverse audiences. Research articles will be analyzed to assess possible methodologic issues, and their implications for evidence-based professional practice and the student will construct a professional medical research article.

DMS 811: Advanced Point of Care Ultrasonography (2 credits hours)

This course which includes didactic & skills sessions provides a foundation of knowledge and skills in point of care ultrasound. Pertinent anatomy and physiology, sonographic physics, and safety & instrumentation form the basis for the student learning equipment features and use, image acquisition, and diagnostic correlation, using a regional approach. (2 credits hours)

DMS 812: Medical Conference I (1 credits hours)

The student will attend on-campus training in the use of ultrasound and its application to common ultrasound guided diagnostics and procedures, such as a FAST exam, vascular access, and identification of DVT, pneumothorax, fractures, foreign bodies, retinal detachment, abscess I&D and more.

DMS 829: Advanced Clinical Immunology (2 credits hours)

This course covers clinical immunology, focusing on the physiology/pathophysiology of the immune system and its implications for disease state as related to allergy and rheumatology medicine.

DMS 900: Scholarship in the Practice of Medicine (1 credits hours)

Scholarship in the practice of medicine is a longitudinal course designed to integrate knowledge and skills acquired in previous course work, particularly the Research Methods and Writing course, with the student’s ongoing professional work activities. This is a summative project addressing either a clinically applicable or educationally relevant subject. The project format will be patterned after the action research style in which practical problems are engaged by practitioners resulting in implementable change. Students will present their project results to DMS peers and faculty, and be suitable for presentation or publication to a broader audience.

DMS 905: Medical Conference II (1 credits hours)

Each graduating student will attend this on-site conference to present their Scholarly project to peers and DMS faculty. The conference will culminate with the DMS graduation ceremony and related activities.

DMS I-IX: Medical Science (18 credit hours)

(Nephrology; Neurology; Pulmonology; Psychiatry; Cardiology; Endocrinology; Hematology; Gastroenterology; Infectious Disease; Rheumatology)

The medical science modules focus on:

  • Epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis and management of system disease states as they relate to primary care
  • Physiology/pathophysiology of the immune system and its implication for disease state as related to allergy and rheumatology medicine
  • Advanced considerations of metabolic processes that are integral to normal body function; such as operation and control of pathways, oxidative and lipid metabolism, and nutritional biochemistry. Includes pharmacokinetics, drug action mechanisms, therapeutic application of drugs, considering indications, risk benefits, cost, side effects, and other issues
  • Where appropriate, system base anatomy will be applied to human function disease and radiographic imaging

CLINICAL MEDICINE CURRICULUM

At the beginning of the program, students apply to participate in either the clinical medicine track or the educational track.  The clinical track is comprised of a didactic component and a residency component. Students in the clinical track must be able to fulfill the clinical experiences as outlined in the residency syllabus. This includes ongoing practice in a clinical setting with a certified physician and the opportunity to document a minimum of 15 primary care encounters weekly. 

Clinical Application in Primary Care 930, 931, 932 (12 credit hours)

The clinical medicine track curriculum seeks to build on the clinical knowledge achieved in the first year and to develop clinical reasoning skills for professional practice. A variety of clinical case scenarios of undifferentiated patient complaints will develop and enhance each practitioner’s ability to: 

  • Gather and synthesize information (history, physical, laboratory and imaging studies) to define a patient’s clinical problems.
  • Develop and implement an appropriate management plan for a wide variety of clinical conditions.
  • Request and maximize the value of consultations and provide accurate consultative care when needed.
  • Practice guideline based and cost-effective care.
  • Communicate with families, patients, and colleagues.
  • Transition patients across a variety of settings to obtain needed care.
  • Develop skills to foster inter-professional collaboration, improve patient satisfaction, and address risk management issues.
  • Identify and cope with frustrations threatening career satisfaction.
  • Be an effective and efficient self-directed learner with enhanced awareness of the medical information tools available.

 Students will be challenged to work through cases and provide their clinical reasoning to peers and faculty through discussion boards and video conferencing.  These cases will often require an integration of care from the office setting to the emergency department and hospital.  The student will develop knowledge and skills for practice in the emergency room and hospital setting in addition to the outpatient ambulatory primary care clinic. 

Clinical Residency 940, 941, 942 (12 credit hours)

The residency experience is designed to enhance the student’s clinical knowledge and skills while employed and practicing in the outpatient clinical setting such as family practice, outpatient internal medicine, urgent care or emergency department. The student will demonstrate competency development in the six core competency arenas of: patient care; medical knowledge; practice-based learning and improvement; interpersonal and communication skills; professionalism; and systems-based practice.  

MEDICAL EDUCATION CURRICULUM

Students selecting the educational track will complete the same pre-clinical courses as those students in the clinical track. During the second year, educational track students will participate in five higher education courses focused on Physician Assistant education and document educational residency activities.

DMS 910 Adult Learning Principles (3 credit hours)

Learning is in every component of the human experience. Understanding how adults learn and apply expertise to practical everyday situations provides the student opportunities to broaden understandings regarding the capacity of the human mind, what motivates learning and empowers others. This course introduces students to the theory and practice of adult education emphasizing those theories, models, and principles applied to the workplace and other adult learning venues. Students will explore adult learning in different contexts and become acquainted with relevant issues as well as the philosophies and methodologies utilized within adult education.

DMS 911 Perspective and Strategies in Teaching and Learning (3 credit hours)

The focus of this course is on examining the symbiotic relationship between teaching and learning (instructor-student) in the framework of higher education programs. The instructor and students will introduce and model various research-based strategies and learning and instruction theories regarding their nature and use. Students will also explore issues surrounding the effective use of different instructional strategies in teacher-student interactions.

DMS 912 Group Methods and Processes (3 credit hours)

This course focuses on communication skills for upper-level education leaders. Students will explore group dynamics, communication within groups, controversy and creativity, managing conflict, and team development. Students will apply course concepts through self-analysis, teamwork, case studies, action research projects, and simulations. Other course concepts will include group goals, social interdependence and trust, power, decision-making, and diversity.

DMS 913 Trends and Issues in Educational Technology (3 credit hours)

In this course, students will explore the evolution of educational technology and conduct a researched exploration into the related needs of today’s educators. This will result in a repository of resources for educating and assisting teachers in the instructional and administrative uses of technology.  Course activities will enable students to design and develop learning activities and assessments, engage in professional growth (including leadership skills), and develop an understanding how using these tools can help them improve the management and understanding of instructional systems and processes.

DMS 914 Organizational Assessment and Evaluation (3 credit hours)

The content of this course focuses on the processes associated with different models and approaches to program evaluation, problem identification and formulation, and the factors that impact assessment and evaluation in organizations. Considerations will include analytical procedures associated with developing and maintaining learning organizations with the goal of establishing sustained quality improvement based on data acquisition, analysis, and distribution among stakeholders. Students will research, discuss, and describe how to implement standards and methods associated with managing quality within social organizations and will compare and contrast those with equivalent approaches in manufacturing systems.

Educational Residency 925, 926, 927 (9 credit hours)

The residency experience is designed to advance the student’s knowledge in implementing a rigorous and relevant curriculum. The student will demonstrate competency development in medical knowledge; teaching skills; curriculum planning and improvement; interpersonal and communication skills; professionalism; and academic administration.

 

 CREDIT HOURS                                                            

            15 Lecture hours = 1.0 Credit hour

            24 Lab Hours = 1.0 Credit hour

            Clinical residency each semester = 4 Credit hours 

  

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