MedPrep 3 is a workshop for students who have been accepted into the MU School of Medicine and paid the deposit. There are two types of primers: academic and professional development. The academic primers help students review the areas of anatomy, biochemistry, cell physiology, and pharmacology before the school years begins. The professional development primer addresses topics in the area of diversity and inclusion that helps students increase cultural awareness and build community.

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The reviews, called primers, are available for six weeks through Canvas, and students can access the materials anywhere they have an Internet connection. The primers for 2021 will be available June 7 – July 18, 2021. Experienced medical school faculty who are subject matter experts in each particular discipline developed the primers. Current medical students who have been carefully selected for their competence and subject matter expertise will facilitate the subject reviews.

Session Overview

Anatomy Primer

Instructors: Laura Johnson, PhD and Allison Nesbitt, PhD
Length: 6 weeks
Cost: $50
Topic: The anatomy primer provides students with an overview of regional gross anatomy that parallels the MU 1st year anatomy curriculum. Each lecture includes an introduction to the anatomy of a given region, relevant systemic principles, a component of the challenging autonomic nervous system, and examples of radiology.

Biochemistry Primer

Instructor: Peter A. Wilden, PhD
Length: 6 weeks
Cost: $50
Topic: The biochemistry primer provides incoming students with material related to biological chemistry and biochemistry. The level of exposure will be similar to an advanced undergraduate course. The topics will cover basic organic and biological chemistry concepts essential in understanding the biochemistry of basic cellular building blocks (carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, etc.) and metabolic processes related to these compounds. Other topics covered include the basics of genetics, molecular biology, enzyme function and regulation.

Cell Physiology Primer

Instructor: Peter A. Wilden, PhD
Length: 6 weeks
Cost: $50
Topic: The cell physiology primer provides incoming students with material related to cellular structure and function. The level of exposure will be similar to an advanced undergraduate course. The topics will cover membrane structure and function, including lipids, proteins and transport. Additionally, cellular organelle structure and function will be covered. Other topics covered include vesicle trafficking, cell communication, intracellular signaling, cytoskeleton, molecular motors, cell-cycle, cell growth, cell differentiation and apoptosis.

Pharmacology Primer

Instructor: Stephen P. Halenda, PhD
Length: 6 weeks
Cost: $50
Topic: The pharmacology primer provides incoming students with material related to pharmacological principles. The level of exposure will be similar to an advanced undergraduate course. Basic terminology and concepts in pharmacology, including processes of drug absorption, distribution, metabolism, elimination, mechanism of action and rational choice of drugs. We will emphasize the integrative nature of pharmacology, which brings together principles of physiology, biochemistry and pathophysiology.

Diversity and Inclusion Primer

Facilitators: Dr. Young-Walker and Andrea Simmons
Length: 4 weeks online and 1 day onsite or live virtual; Online June 28 – July 23, 2021. Onsite or Live Virtual Activity July 23, 2021
Topic: The Diversity and Inclusion primer is an activity designed to promote an inclusive academic health care community and foster relationships between the entering class, faculty, staff and medical student organizations. The online component will open four weeks prior to the one-day session and will help prepare you for the one-day interactive session with students, faculty, and staff.

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