Here is a description from the academic catalog. I think the dental students also take a class in dental occlusion as well. I don't think that the credits count for graduation...I hope that this was helpful.
ASMD 230 Mini Academic Program for Success (MAPS) is an intensive six-week academic program,
required for all incoming first year medical students. MAPS is designed to provide freshman medical
students with a head start on first year basic science core courses of the medical school curriculum. The
main goals of the MAPS Program are to: (1) introduce incoming medical students to the rigors of
professional school in a supportive but realistic environment; (2) identify potential academic challenges,
strengths and weaknesses of students prior to the beginning of the Fall semester and (3) design
individualized intervention strategies based on student performance on examinations, with the aim of
maximizing student retention and progression in medical school.
The courses offered during the MAPS Program include:
Biochemistry/Cell Biology (BCB/MCBG): The BCB mini course continues into the Fall semester as
the Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MCBG) course. The main objective of the mini course is to
introduce students to basic concepts in medical biochemistry, human genetics, molecular cell biology
and basic histology, relevant to human life processes. The medical biochemistry and genetics topics
will be presented with clinical correlations, and they will provide students with excellent integrative
tools to comprehend the inheritance patterns, and the molecular and biochemical basis of human
diseases. The basic histology and cell biology component of BCB, will focus not only on microscopic
structure but also on structure-function relationships at the cell and tissue levels, and it will
incorporate many important fundamental concepts in anatomy, embryology, neurobiology, pathology,
Introduction to Clinical Anatomy (ICA/GAE): The ICA mini course is intended to provide students
with a fundamental knowledge and understanding of the basic concepts of human anatomical
sciences and radiology, in preparation for the more advanced Gross Anatomy and Embryology (GAE)
course offered in the Fall semester.
Foundations in Clinical Medicine (FICM/PPM). The FICM mini course, which continues into the
Fall semester as Principles and Practice of Medicine (PPM), is designed to introduce students to the
profession of medicine and it will focus on areas of the profession including (1) the responsibilities
and competencies required of a medical student and a physician, (2) the skills necessary to succeed
in the practice of clinical medicine, and (3) the ethical and legal considerations relating to medical
student/physician interactions with patients.
(4 credit hours)