Essential Principles of Medicine (EPOM)

In the first course of the curriculum, Essential Principles of Medicine (EPOM) students learn the core concepts in the three fundamental themes of Science, Patient care and Physicianship required for the practice of medicine.

  • Science domains acquaint students with basic science principles.
  • Patient care teaches clinical skills.
  • Physicianship focuses on professionalism, ethics and humanism.

Essential Principles of Medicine fuses scientific and clinical learning, and is organized into several units:

Pharmacology Weeks 1 - 2
Genetics Weeks 2 - 5
Cells, Tissues & Control Systems Weeks 6 - 11
Metabolism & Nutrition Weeks 12 - 14
Injury, Infection, Immunity & Repair Weeks 15 - 21
Neoplasia Weeks 22 - 23
Anatomy Weeks 1-23
Patient Care & Physicianship Weeks 1-23

Each unit is directed by a Unit Leader, and incorporates a variety of educational methods including problem-based learning, "Flipped classrooms", longitudinal patient experiences, clinical skills workshops, office preceptorships, anatomic dissection, interactive sessions, small-group discussions and lectures.


Course Director: Lotfi Chouchane, PhD, DSc

Associate Course Director: Ali Sultan, MD, PhD

Staff Support: bst@qatar-med.cornell.edu