Threads (Tucson)

Curricular "threads" are woven through multiple blocks throughout the first two years of medical school at the College of Medicine – Tucson. Threads cover interdisciplinary topics such as:

Evidence in Medicine

  • Biostatistics
  • Diagnostic imaging/Radiology
  • Epidemiology
  • Research methods (direct application of scientific methods, accurate observation of biomedical phenomenon, collection, analysis and interpretation of scientific data)
  • Evidence-based medicine
  • Biomedical informatics
  • Health care quality improvement
  • Patient safety
  • Clinical and translational research (how conducted, evaluated, explained to patients and applied to patient care)

Health and Society

  • Health care systems (demographic influences on quality/delivery)
  • Health care financing
  • Medical socioeconomics 
  • Population-based medicine
  • Community health 
  • Prevention/health maintenance 
  • Substance abuse
  • Complementary/alternative health care
  • Chronic care 
  • Continuing care
  • Medical consequences of common societal problems (diagnosis, prevention, appropriate reporting and treatment)
  • Global health issues
  • Occupational health/medicine
  • Health disparities
  • Medical humanities
  • Medical jurisprudence 
  • Cultural competence (diverse cultures and belief systems; perception of health and illness, response to various symptoms, diseases and treatments; cultural and gender bias in healthcare, including self-reflection)

The Individual and Health

  • Acute care
  • Geriatrics
  • Pain management 
  • Rehabilitation/care of the disabled 
  • Nutrition 
  • Human sexuality/Sexual functioning
  • Human sexual/Gender development
  • Human development/lifecycle 
  • End–of-life care
  • Palliative care 
  • Domestic violence/abuse 
  • Medical ethics (honesty, integrity, maintenance of confidentiality, respect for patients, families, other students and other health professionals; self-awareness of own biases and those of colleagues and supervisors)
  • Communication skills (with patients, their families, other physicians and non-physician health care professionals)