Med 2

Year 2 - Med 2

The second year of your undergraduate medical education at Dalhousie will be somewhat similar to the first, in terms of what typical weekly activities will be:

  • tutorial groups – 2 to 3 hours, three times a week
  • lectures – 3 to 5 hours
  • patient contact experience – 3 to 4 hours, emphasizing patient-doctor relationships
  • elective – one half-day
  • special focus – 2 hours concentrating on critical appraisal or population health
  • lab – 3 hours, relating to the cases under study

As with Med 1, the unit objectives in Med 2 emphasize uncovering the issues in a particular case and understanding “why” and “how” they occur. You will further refine your ability to apply the steps of the clinical reasoning process to your activities and deciding on a management plan. In addition to Foundations of Medicine II, the units examine these topics and systems:

  • Neurosciences
  • Metabolism II
  • Musculoskeletal and Dermatology
  • Integration
  • Clinical Skills II
  • Professional Competencies II
  • Electives – Med 2

Foundations of Medicine II

Jumping off from Foundations of Medicine, this unit explores the anatomy of the head and neck through labs and lectures to prepare students for further study in Neurosciences. Foundations of Medicine II also teaches students arterial diseases like atherosclerosis and emotional dysregulation, while exploring the causes, effects, and approaches to biases in physicians.

Neurosciences (Central Nervous System and Special Senses)

An interdisciplinary science, Neurosciences explores nervous systems and special senses that transmit and communicate cellular (neuron-based) information in the body, and how these systems relate to neurological and psychiatric disorders and conditions. Focusing on the central nervous system (spine/brain) and peripheral nervous system (limb/organ movement), vision and hearing, and mental/physical disorders, Neurosciences is a framework for understanding health.

Metabolism II

After learning the basics of chemical processes in the body, Metabolism II provides the anatomical and physiological evidences for those processes in three interconnected systems. Diseases of the cardiovascular (heart/blood), respiratory (lungs/breathing), and renal nephrology (kidneys) systems are explored through case-based learning and anatomical dissection, as are the social, cultural, and lifestyle causes of such diseases and the physician’s role in treatment.

Musculoskeletal and Dermatology

This two-part unit focuses on the skeleton and organs (musculoskeletal) and the skin within which this apparatus is held (dermatology), and the diseases and conditions that affect both. Students work through approaches to investigate, effectively diagnose, and properly manage MSK-Derm by studying the development of diseases (pathogenesis) in the body and socially.


Accounting for the culture, context, experience, feelings, and expectations of the whole person under the patient-centered care model, with a focus on geriatric medicine (care of the elderly) and oncology (cancers), Integration explores the relationship of the physician to the patient and patient-family through ethical, social, and political lenses. Areas like health support professionals, health-care policy, end-of-life care, and professional collaboration are explored.

Professional Competencies II

Students are empowered to consider the interrelationships of culture and society on the health-care system in particular regions and demographics with professional aplomb and strong strategies for long-term care. Highlights of this unit include community-based projects and short-term residencies that expose students to the various reaches of the health-care system.