MedPrep III is a workshop for students who have been accepted into the MU School of Medicine and paid the deposit. It helps students review the areas of biochemistry, cell physiology and pharmacology and diversity and inclusion before the school year begins.
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 2018 will be available June 4-July 15, 2018. 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.
Instructor: Mark Martin, PhD
Length: 6 weeks
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
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.
Instructor: Stephen P. Halenda, PhD
Length: 6 weeks
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; Online June 25 – July 29, 2018. Onsite Activity July 29, 2018
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.