Curriculum for the 21st Century

The Department of Cell Biology has also taken a leadership role in the implementation of the NYU School of Medicine’s Curriculum for the 21st Century (C21). This innovative new curriculum provides students with an integrated, disease-focused medical education while providing them with flexibility in their educational experience. Students work autonomously and as part of a team as they develop the communication and cultural competency skills they will need to practice medicine in the 21st century. The first eighteen months of C21 lays the groundwork for an in-depth understanding of human biology and the medical sciences. Educational experiences are arranged to demonstrate the relevance of disease mechanisms to clinical concepts, while at the same time, setting the stage for an understanding of the behavioral and sociological aspects of medicine.

In the Core Foundation for Medicine module our faculty teach the basic aspects of the structure and function of eukaryotic cells, including the biosynthesis of secretory, membrane, and organellar proteins; the function of the endosomal/lysosomal apparatus; the role of the cytoskeleton and cell adhesion proteins in the behavior of cells with their integration into tissues and organs; and signal transduction mechanisms that mediate the response of cells to various stimuli and/or control growth and differentiation and whose derangement is the basis for developmental abnormalities, carcinogenesis, tumor growth, and metastasis.

In the Morphological and Developmental Basis of Medicine module our faculty teaches an introduction to the structural organization and development of the human body at the macroscopic level. The module uses a variety of approaches to stimulate student-to-student interactive learning as well as faculty-guided instruction. These include small-group conferences, radiology conferences, clinical case presentations and discussions, lectures and computer-assisted instruction employing the BioDigital Human.  All these teaching modalities are designed to augment and increase the efficacy of learning through laboratory dissection. The Anatomy laboratory sessions include demonstrations by students and discussions of their findings. The embryology content includes the study of both normal human development and developmental abnormalities of medical importance.

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