Biomedical Sciences

Dr. David Riddle
David R. Riddle, PhD
Department Chair

Welcome from the Department Chair

The faculty in the Department of Biomedical Sciences are committed to successful mastery and integration of the foundational basic sciences that are vital for the success of our medical students. A foundation is formed by the traditional biomedical science disciplines, including anatomy, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, immunology, microbiology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and physiology. Our faculty oversee the incorporation of these basic sciences within the context of relevant clinical applications throughout the four-year undergraduate medical education program in the medical school.

For each course in the Foundations of Medicine curriculum (Years 1 and 2), a faculty member from the department serves as the basic science course director and shares responsibility with a corresponding clinical course director. With their clinical counterparts, departmental faculty design, develop, and implement an integrated basic and clinical science curriculum for each undergraduate course.

We strive to help our medical students understand the foundational science in a meaningful manner that supports both life-long learning in the biomedical sciences and effective clinical practice. We aim to help students at WMed apply their foundational science knowledge to the appropriate clinical problems they will encounter as students and physicians. This goal is achieved using diverse pedagogical approaches that are grounded in adult learning theory, with a curriculum that:

  • guides students in acquiring important information and reasoning skills.
  • helps students make the curriculum content relevant and meaningful.
  • assists students in transferring classroom learning into real-life applications.

The Department of Biomedical Sciences also provides a departmental home and support to foster faculty research programs at the medical school. Together, our work in medical education, educational scholarship, laboratory discovery, and translational and applied research seeks to address important problems and issues in human health and in the educational and health care systems.