Second year Idaho medical students continue the foundation phase of their medical education at the University of Idaho.
Throughout this second year foundation phase, the students learn clinical skills including interviewing skills, history taking and recording techniques, and the art of the physical examination.
The University of Washington was one of the first schools to pioneer the small group format that utilizes videotapes of students doing patient interviews and learning from standardized patients. Standardized patients are persons who portray a patient with a particular illness and are trained to give feedback to the students on their interviewing skills. The second-year Introduction to Clinical Medicine course is taught by the College faculty, and includes pertinent lectures, clinical tutorials, and the teaching of clinical skills at the bedside.
The Basic Science Curriculum
During the spring of second year, the students must take and pass Step 1 of the United States Medical Licensure Examination (USMLE), an assessment of students' understanding and application of important concepts and the basic sciences.