Academic Programs 4-Year MD

4-Year Program

 

4-year MD Program

 

This consists of two years of Basic Medical Sciences and two years of Clinical Sciences.

First year- This Comprises of three semesters conducted at the main campus in Dakar, Senegal. Each semester is of 15 weeks duration.

Second year- This comprises of fourth and fifth semesters, each of fifteen weeks duration which are conducted at the main campus in Dakar, Senegal.

Third year- This comprises of Clinical Science rotations which includes 6-core rotations conducted in affiliated hospitals in USA or Senegal.

Fourth year- This is the final year of the 4-year MD program which includes 24 weeks of Electives in the affiliated hospitals.

The students will have the choice of attending clinicals in USA, or Senegal. The clinical programs offered by the affiliated hospitals in the USA are all ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) accredited.

BASIC SCIENCE DIVISION OF THE M.D. PROGRAM

In the first two years of medical school, students focus on basic knowledge of health and disease and are introduced to the care of individuals and populations.

MINIMUM COURSE REQUIREMENTS

To see if you qualify for the 4 Year M.D. Program, please check the admissions page to see if you meet the minimum course requirements.


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BASIC SCIENCE CURRICULUM

The basic science curriculum has been designed to prepare students for Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). The basic science curriculum is comparable both in breadth and depth to those of most medical schools in the United States and the United Kingdom. The basic science program consists of five semesters of coursework, each semester of fifteen weeks duration, over a period of twenty months.

First Semester

Gross Human Anatomy and
Medical Imaging

Histology and Cell Biology
Medical Embryology
Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

Second Semester

Biochemistry
Medical Physiology
Neurosciences





Third Semester

Pathology I
Microbiology

Immunology
Medical Genetics


 

Fourth Semester

Pathology II
Pharmacology
Behavioral Sciences

Medical Ethics

PBL (Optional)


Fifth Semester

Physical Diagnosis
Introduction to Clinical Medicine
USMLE Review




COURSE DESCRIPTIONS



Gross Human Anatomy and Medical Imaging

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10 Semester Hours

 

This course provides students with a basic knowledge of the normal gross structure of organs and systems of the human body. At King's College London, dissection of cadavers is looked upon as an integral part of this course. An emphasis will be placed on the imaging techniques of conventional X-rays, ultrasound, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging. The course looks first at the normal and investigates the signs and differential diagnoses of disease, then studies the findings in specific disorders.


 

Histology and Cell Biology

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10 Semester Hours

 

Through lecture and laboratory courses, the microanatomy of cells, tissues, and organs is studied. The microstructure of tissues and organs are examined in relation to their function.

 

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Medical Embryology

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4 Semester Hours

 

In this course, the principles of human embryological development from gametogenesis to birth are studied. Common congenital malformations illustrate mechanisms of teratogenesis.


 

Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

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4 Semester Hours

 

This course investigates the principles of the causes and distribution of diseases in human populations. The fundamentals of this course provide the tools for the collection, analysis, and interpretation of information from groups of patients, which give a basis to the clinical application of epidemiology.

 

Problem Based Learning

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4 Semester hours

 

This includes problem based learning in different medical subjects, where the main aim is to connect basic information to clinical scenarios. It includes important cases which require knowledge of important medical subjects in order to correlate the clinical information. PBL offers a unique opportunity to summarize most of the subjects of basic sciences together. It also includes verbal and poster presentations by the students and group discussions.


 

Biochemistry

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10 Semester Hours

 

This course maps the key biochemical reactions in the body. Included is a study of the body’s chemistry, which includes reactions of constituents of living matter, including such metabolic fuels such as carbohydrates, coenzymes, lipids, minerals, nitrogen, nucleic acids, proteins, and vitamins. Students will also focus on specific clinical scenarios and discuss how defects in these biochemical pathways lead to disease.


 

Medical Physiology

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10 Semester Hours

 

This course aims to explain the physical and chemical factors that are responsible for the origin, development and progression of life. Physiology integrates into a functional whole, the individual functions of all the different cells and organs of the human or animal body. The successful interaction involves, among other things, cardiovascular, endocrine, gastrointestinal, muscular, neural and respiratory processes.


 

Neurosciences

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8 Semester Hours

 

This course investigates the physiology as well as the gross and microscopic structure of the brain, spinal cord and nervous systems of the human body. Brain energy metabolism, neurotransmitter synthesis and degradations as well as psychopharmacology are investigated. The use of slides alongside laboratory dissection of the brain, spinal cord and allied structures aids the student to integrate each aspect of the study.


 

 

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Histology & Cell Biology

Pathology I

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10 Semester Hours

 

This course provides an introduction to the reactions, at all stages of human life, of cells, tissues, and organs to disease processes. The emphasis is upon basic concepts and principles of disease processes. Our aim is the integration of recent discoveries relating to the molecular basis of common diseases such as arteriosclerosis, cancer, diabetes, and obesity. Once again, the importance of laboratory medicine in the practice of medicine is studied. Discussion of laboratory diagnosis helps students achieve better integration of clinical and anatomic pathology.



 

Microbiology

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10 Semester Hours

 

This course investigates the properties and characteristics of microorganisms and their role in disease processes that are essential to the diagnosis of clinical infections and chemotherapy. Included is the study of microbes and molecular mechanisms of microbial disease pathogenesis. The place of modern laboratory and diagnostic technologies is also studied.


Immunology

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10 Semester Hours


This course also covers all aspects of the immune response. Students will gain an understanding of how it relates to health maintenance and disease. Major topics covered include general properties of the immune response, antigen antibody interactions, transplantation, immunodeficiency, autoimmune diseases, and the effects of immunologic reactions.


 

Medical Genetics

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4 Semester Hours

 

Building upon a foundation of information from cell biology and human molecular genetics, this course explains the fundamentals in heredity and variation in humans as well as human genetic features and constitution. The course builds on these basics with current applications of how mutations cause disease and provides principles underlying the diagnosis and treatment of genetic disorders.

 

 

Pathology

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Pathology II

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10 Semester Hours


This course incorporates all previous knowledge obtained throughout the basic sciences to gain an understanding of pathology on a system by system basis. Each organ system is studied in turn, and all known pathologies are discussed on the basis of microscopic histology, macroscopic histology, etiology, clinical presentation, complications, associated syndromes, and prognosis.


 

Pharmacology

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10 Semester Hours

 

In this course the aim is to present the fundamentals of the delivery and maintenance of therapeutic levels of drugs at the target tissues. Intensity of drug affect and duration of drug action is seen to be controlled by the pathways of drug movement and metabolism in the body. The course includes study of all major classes of therapeutic medications used in clinical practice in the treatment of disease processes.


 

Behavioral Sciences

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6 Semester Hours

 

In this course the application of scientific methods are used to study the behavior of organisms with particular emphasis on human behavior. The whole array of consultation problems presented for clinical help including anxiety, chronic pain, delirium, dementia, depression, disruptive behavior, panic states, and self-destructive behaviors, to name a few, are all studied.


 

Medical Ethics

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4 Semester Hours

 

This course provides the principles underlying the ethical and legal issues involved in the practice of medicine. Lectures and seminars promote discussion of topics such as confidentiality, disclosure, death and dying, and informed consent. Study of the abstract, conceptual substrate, underlying ethical decision- making, helps inform any ethical analysis. Dilemmas arising from actual cases form the basis of discussion of medical ethical issues.


 

Physical Diagnosis

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10 Semester Hours

 

This course will assist students in acquiring the skills necessary for patient interviewing, obtaining a medical history and performing a routine physical examination. Students will visit local clinics in the surrounding area and will be expected to apply their classroom knowledge to real patients for the first time. Students will practice their examination skills under close supervision by experienced General Practitioners.


 

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Introduction to Clinical Medicine

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10 Semester Hours


Students will work in small groups at clinics under the supervision of trained physicians to further prepare them for the clerkship phase of training. When students are not visiting clinics, lectures and demonstrations of physicals and neurological exams will be presented. Students will be expected to discuss differential diagnoses, investigational techniques, and treatments pertaining to the clinical scenarios they encounter.



 

USMLE Step 1 Review

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This course offers a high-yield, structured content review presented by our expert medical faculty at St. Christopher Iba Mar Diop College of Medicine in Dakar, Senegal.

This option is best for you if:

You want scheduled live class review.
You thrive in an interactive learning environment.



You'll also benefit from:

Targeted Preparation

Kaplan's USMLE preparation courses are based on a core curriculum focused on high-yield, exam-relevant topics, and exam-style questions. Our assessment exams test your knowledge about each subject and provide tools to help monitor your progress. Our faculty is comprised of U.S. Medical School faculty and practitioners who are acclaimed lecturers in their respective fields. They have unique insights into the high-yield content and how it is tested on the USMLE. All members of the Kaplan faculty have taught at the medical school level and are trained in USMLE preparation.

Relentless Practice

The Kaplan curriculum focuses on topics and concepts that are most important for exam success. Our exam-style multiple-choice questions are in the USMLE's vignette format and reflect the most recent exam trends. With more than 1,200 exam-like practice questions, all of our questions include a detailed explanation of the correct answer and provide rationales for why the other answer choices are incorrect. Includes an online full-length simulated exam with comprehensive explanations and feedback.

Score-Raising Strategies


We provide diagnostic testing with computer-generated feedback that illustrates your strengths and weaknesses, as well as full-length simulations that mimic the actual exam and help build confidence. You will receive an individualized study plan based on your diagnostic test and the allotted amount of time you have to review.

Convenience and Flexibility

You will have approximately five weeks of high-yield lectures with our all-star faculty. Included in your live lecture courses are a complete set of lecture notes, a Qbook with 850 practice questions with explanations and a test-taking strategy guide, and initial diagnostic testing to help determine your strengths and weaknesses.