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.
The Immunology 156 course includes the basic aspects of cellular and molecular immunology that allow understanding the normal immune responses and the consequences of alterations in these responses.The normal structure and function of the immune system, the methods used in diagnosis and research related to this system, are significant components of this course.
The course is also devoted to applications of immunology concepts in medicine, it includes the study of the immune system’s intervention in the physiopathology of other organs and systems. All of these elements are of most significance in a diversity of applied biomedical/technological interventions, such as: vaccines, organ transplants, cancer immunotherapy, immunological therapies for various pathologies and immuno-diagnosis.Also, a special attention in the course is given to the Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), because of its significant implications in today’s medical practice and its relevance in our particular community
Modern teaching methodology and learning strategies are used, with active student participation. Teaching strategies include lectures, clinical case presentations and interactive discussion.This course is aligned with the other first year courses