Friends and Colleagues,

Undergraduate medical education strives to integrate basic science education with its clinical application. Such integration from the initial stage of learning in medical school improves retention of information and facilitates the transfer of knowledge to the clinical setting. Studies argue this point compellingly. Basic sciences, also called “foundational sciences” -- including anatomy, biochemistry, microbiology, pathology and pharmacology -- are a core component of medical curricula, addressing the biological infrastructure of the human body, illness and related treatments. To appropriately integrate basic science content with clinical application is always a challenge, a reason why accomplished faculty in the basic sciences is so important. In today’s newsletter, we briefly introduce you to two new members of our basic science faculty.