Foundation Concepts in Medical Sciences

This course covers a range of essential that are crucial to understanding the structural and functional organization of the normal human body. These concepts have wide application across all body systems, and through the major disciplines of Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology, Immunology, Hematology, Pathology and Pharmacology. A firm understanding of these concepts at this foundational stage will allow students to appreciate how disturbances to normal structures and functions result from or lead to disease processes, as will be explored throughout the rest of the medical program. This course institutes the scientific basis to medicine, encouraging students to develop their analytical and metacognitive skills, their capacity for critical appraisal of scientific information and an appreciation of the importance of life-long and self- learning, as well as in developing management skills and an ability to work as part of a team.