These courses provide students with the foundation, knowledge and skills in health care, ethics and professional behavior. These courses are the first part of a four–year axis in Professionalism, includes medical ethics, effective communication skills, public health and cultural diversity. The course begins with the “White Coat Ceremony” in which students for the first time wear the white coat. This ceremony makes students aware of what the white coat represents, reminding them as future physicians of their professional obligation as clinician and representatives of a trusted profession.

This course provides medical students with the basic information regarding methods and principles of conducting research.Students will be introduced to the scientific method, gain practical skills in information literacy, learn to critically analyze scientific literature, become familiarized with the ethical principles of research, access resources available for funding scientific research, analyze and interpret data and initiate the development of a research proposal.

The Biochemistry and Genetics in Medicine course has been designed to integrate the development of a broad and thorough understanding at the cellular and molecular level of the metabolic and regulatory events that control the functioning of normal cells, tissues and organs and how these processes are altered by disease as well as the fundamental concepts and technological advances in the study of human genetics as they pertain to the medical practice.The course covers carbohydrates and energy metabolism, metabolic pathways of small molecules, molecular biology, molecular endocrinology, cytogenetic, molecular genetics, biochemical genetics, clinical genetics, and genetic counseling among other topics and is integrated with the courses of Histology and Cell Biology, Immunology and introduction to Research. The teaching methodologies incorporate new methodologies combining lectures, interactive lectures, case discussion and Academic Competence Enhancement Activities with other evaluative activities.

The Biochemistry and Genetics in Medicine course has been designed to integrate the development of a broad and thorough understanding at the cellular and molecular level of the metabolic and regulatory events that control the functioning of normal cells, tissues and organs and how these processes are altered by disease as well as the fundamental concepts and technological advances in the study of human genetics as they pertain to the medical practice.The course covers carbohydrates and energy metabolism, metabolic pathways of small molecules, molecular biology, molecular endocrinology, cytogenetic, molecular genetics, biochemical genetics, clinical genetics, and genetic counseling among other topics and is integrated with the courses of Histology and Cell Biology, Immunology and introduction to Research. The teaching methodologies incorporate new methodologies combining lectures, interactive lectures, case discussion and Academic Competence Enhancement Activities with other evaluative activities.