Academic Programs 6-Year MD

6-Year MD Program

 


St. Christopher Iba Mar Diop College of Medicine offers a premedical curriculum for students who are graduates of U.S. and Canadian high schools, or graduates from equivalent secondary educational systems in Senegal, the European Union and other nations. Students who successfully complete this phase of training will advance into the Basic Medical Sciences Program.


6-year MD program


 

First two years of 6-year MD program comprise of Pre-medical studies. This includes 90 undergraduate level credits inclusive of courses in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths, English as well as subjects in humanities. Two years of Pre-medical studies are followed by the standard 4-year MD program (please refer to the details).


PREMEDICAL CURRICULUM

 

First Semester Second Semester Third Semester
General Chemistry I Biology I Physics I
General Chemistry Lab I Biology Lab I Physics Lab I
English I English II General Chemistry II
Math I Math II General Chemistry
Lab II
History of Medicine & Medical Terminology

US History &
Constitution

Introduction to Microbiology



Fourth Semester Fifth Semester Sixth Semester
Biology II Organic Chemistry I Organic Chemistry II
Biology Lab II Organic Chemistry Lab I Organic Chemistry
Lab II
Physics II Introduction to Neuroscience English Literature
Physics Lab II Medical Sociology Psychology
Human Anatomy & Physiology I Human Anatomy & Physiology II Statistics




COURSE DESCRIPTIONS



General Chemistry I

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This course introduces students to fundamental concepts of chemical structure and reactions including atoms and molecules, types of bonds, and energetics.

Prerequisite for General Chemistry II.




General Chemistry Laboratory

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This course accompanies General Chemistry I. It provides an introduction to laboratory safety and to techniques basic to all chemistry laboratory work such as weighing, titration, filtration, and spectroscopy. The course also teaches students how to record scientific data accurately and to derive results from them.

Prerequisite for General Chemistry Laboratory II.



English I

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English I concentrates on the mechanics of clear, concise and grammatically correct written English, taking into account the context and intended purpose of the document being written.

Prerequisite for English II.




Mathematics I

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Topics covered in this course include functions limits, mathematical models, differentiation and integration, together with applications of medical relevance.

Prerequisite for Mathematics II.




History of Medicine & Medical Terminology

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The aim of this course is to prepare students for their medical education by providing an historical context and a systematic overview of medical terminology.

Prerequisite for Human Anatomy & Physiology I.



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Biology I

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This course introduces students to fundamental concepts of molecular and cellular biology, including the structure and function of cells, cellular metabolism, organismal and molecular genetics, genetic variation, adaptation, and phylogenetic analysis.

Prerequisite for Biology II.




Biology Laboratory I

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This course accompanies Biology I. It addresses biological aspects of laboratory safety, provides a thorough basic training in light microscopy, and includes investigations of the cell cycle, movement of materials through membranes, and cell chemistry including enzymes and genetics.

Prerequisite for Biology Laboratory II.


English II

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English II builds on the mechanical aspects of the use of English established in English I. It focuses on report writing and on the acquisition and appropriation of information from primary and secondary sources. The course also addresses house styles with reference to specific, medically relevant examples.

Prerequisite for English Literature.




Mathematics II

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Topics covered in this course include techniques of integration, ordinary, non-linear and 2nd-order differential equations; parametric equations, polar co-ordinates and vectors; and infinite sequences and series.

Prerequisite for Physics I and Statistics.




US History & Constitution

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This course reviews the history of the US and the development and global impact of its Constitution.

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Physics I

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This course addresses the concepts of Newton's laws, linear and planar motion, work, energy, momentum, gravitation, periodic motion and waves, fluid mechanics, and sound.

Prerequisite for Physics II.




Physics Laboratory I

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This course accompanies Physics I and reinforces concepts of motion, force, work, energy, elasticity, and sound. Exercises are chosen from both physical and biological sciences and are intended to be applicable to aspects of all sciences.

Prerequisite for Physics Laboratory II.




General Chemistry II

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This course builds on General Chemistry I and addresses the properties of gases, solids and liquids; thermodynamics; acid-base chemistry; the chemistry of non-metals and the transition elements; and nuclear chemistry.

Prerequisite for Organic Chemistry I.


General Chemistry Laboratory II

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This course accompanies General Chemistry II and investigates the properties of gases, solids and liquids; thermodynamics; acid-base chemistry; and the chemistry of the transition elements.

Prerequisite for Organic Chemistry Laboratory I.




Introduction to Microbiology & Immunology

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This course presupposes a basic knowledge of eukaryotic cell structure and function. It introduces prokaryotic cells and viruses and their characteristics, the theory of light and electron microscopy, the control of microbial populations, and innate and acquired immunity. It provides an overview of the main groups of medically important micro-organisms through discussion of a limited number of medically important examples.

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Biology II

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This course builds on Biology I, beginning with a discussion of biological diversity then looking in more depth at the biology of flowering plants, the anatomy and physiology of animals other than humans, and ecology and biogeography.

Prerequisite for Human Anatomy & Physiology II and Introduction to Neuroscience.




Biology Laboratory II

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This course is complementary to and taken in conjunction with Biology II and Human Anatomy and Physiology I. Exercises undertaken will elucidate the structure and function of the musculoskeletal, integumentary, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, urinary and reproductive systems.

Prerequisite for Human Anatomy & Physiology II and Introduction to Neuroscience.



Physics II

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This course is intended to provide students with a basic understanding of heat and thermodynamics from a physical viewpoint, electricity, light, quantum theory, and nuclear physics.



Physics Laboratory II

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This course accompanies Physics II and reinforces concepts relating to heat, electrical circuits and fields, magnetism, and the properties of light.



Human Anatomy & Physiology I

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This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the human integumentary, respiratory, cardiovascular, and musculoskeletal systems.

Prerequisite for Human Anatomy & Physiology II and Introduction to Neuroscience.

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Organic Chemistry I

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This course introduces the principles and theories of organic chemistry, including structural changes as studied by infrared, NMR and mass spectroscopies. Properties and reactions of alkanes, alkenes, alkyl halides, alcohols, ethers, aldehydes, ketones, and organometallic compounds are studied in detail.

Prerequisite for Organic Chemistry II.



Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

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This course accompanies Organic Chemistry I and develops students’ skills in chromatography, the determination of melting and boiling points, and the resolution of enantiomers. It also provides examples of acid-base extraction, halogenation, catalytic hydrogenation, chlorination, nucleophilic substitution, and dehydration of alcohols to support the theory delivered in Organic Chemistry I.

Prerequisite for Organic Chemistry Laboratory II.


Introduction to Neuroscience

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This course provides students with an introduction to the structure, development, functioning, and roles of the nervous system, including signaling, sensory processing, control of movement, development of neural circuits, and complex brain functions.

Prerequisite for Psychology.




Medical Sociology

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This course introduces students to Medical Sociology and places particular emphasis on current issues and how they should be dealt with. It covers epidemiology and the social demography of health; contrasts well and sick behavior; examines the roles of physicians, other health care workers and hospitals; and investigates health care delivery and social policy.

Prerequisite for Psychology.




Human Anatomy & Physiology II

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This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the anatomy and physiology of the human lymphatic, digestive, urinary, endocrine, and reproductive systems.

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Organic Chemistry II

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In this course, students will study the properties and reactions of compounds including aromatic compounds, ketones and aldehydes, amines, and carboxylic acids, and the biologically important carbohydrates, nucleic acids, amino acids, peptides, and lipids.



Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

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This course accompanies Organic Chemistry II. In addition to examples illustrating fundamental techniques of organic synthesis including separation, purification, and characterization of organic compounds, emphasis is given to laboratory exercises involving nucleic acids, proteins and lipids, which are relevant to medical biochemistry.



English Literature

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This course introduces students to the canon of English Literature through the study of selected works by major authors. Close textual reading is intended both to deepen and broaden the students’ understanding of the historical, sociological, political and cultural implications of human behavior.



Psychology

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This introductory course surveys the field and acquaints students with findings in the major areas of psychology including growth and development, perceptual processes, learning and thinking, motivation and emotion, personality, psychological disorders and therapy, and social behavior.



Statistics

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This course encompasses data and distributions, experimental design and sampling, tests for relationships within data, probability, inference, regression, 1- and 2-way analysis of variance, and non-parametric tests.