The syllabus for the first three years of the academic training, is intended, on the one hand, to give the student the fundamental tools required to continue his clinical studies, to practice medicine and the health professions in the 21st century, and, on the other hand, to expose the student to a range of topics which will enable him, if he so desires, to continue his studies to a second and third degree in medical research, and/or the development of medical and health technology.
These foundation studies grant the student, in the future, after he will have concluded his studies, the fundamental tools required to take in expected innovations, including those in the field of genetic medicine, and in the field of technological, medical equipment, which will be at the disposal of doctors, in the future. Therefore, the syllabus includes the following, principal elements:
- In-depth, wide knowledge of the basic sciences, such as: biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, bioinformatics, and physics.
- Theoretical study, and practical use of the tools required for research in the life sciences, and in particular, medical research; biostatistics and research methods, IT and its implementation in bioinformatics, epidemiologist approaches to medical research, including, by means of planning research, and analyzing the results of research, where one of the results is encouraging critical thinking on the part of the student.
- Good control of the fundamental subjects, such as: physiology, anatomy, pathology, histology, pharmacology, imaging, etc.
- Exposure to advanced courses in neurobiology, developmental biology, stem cells, virology, cytogenetics, and more.
- Nurturing awareness of social and psychological aspects of the doctor’s work. To this end, the student can choose from a wide range of courses in the school of medical sciences, such as: ethical aspects of medicine, medicine and the community, health economy, medical sociology, psychological and rehabilitation aspects of patient care, risk management and quality assurance.
- Elective studies – in his third year, the student will choose, in addition to the compulsory subjects, three optional courses in the social and institutional aspects of the medical and health system in Israel, and in advanced topics in the field of biology.
- A directed, year-long, research project. In this course the students will be exposed to work with scientific data bases, they will gain experience in searching for information, and sifting it, in critical reading of papers, and analyzing scientific results. During the course, the student will gain experience in undertaking research, starting with writing a research proposal, through planning, and carrying out, the experiment, including imparting the knowledge by writing a paper and presenting it (professional poster, etc.). Final projects will be undertaken, at the student’s choice, some in the research laboratories in Ariel, and some at other universities, in research institutes and hospitals.
- The syllabus also includes ten core subjects, at a level and a scope required for the continuation of medical studies. (Introduction to cell biology, biochemistry 1, biochemistry 2 metabolism tracks, molecular biology, introduction to microbiology, virology, anatomy and physiology A, anatomy and physiology B, genetics, biostatistics).