Syn: basic medical sciences. In medical education, this term is applied to the disciplines that traditionally have been studied before students are introduced to patient care, comprising the natural and biological sciences, gross and microscopic anatomy, biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, physiology, microbiology, and sciences at the interface with clinical studies, pathology, pharmacology, and epidemiology. In medical education by problem-based learning, traditional divisions are blurred. Students learn by coordinated studies of basic and clinical sciences, along with social and behavioral sciences and, in some schools, humanities.
Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.