The BUSM Core consists of 43 core presentations and 15 patient types that the Medical Education Committee has determined are key in teaching future doctors in identifying and addressing for preventative health and diagnosis of disease in patients. Every BUSM Core item is integrated throughout the preclerkship and clerkship curriculum in a manner that provides students with the fundamental knowledge of and the hands on exposure to each.

BUSM Core Info Sheet

Core Presentations

  1. Fever
  2. Fatigue
  3. Weakness (focal or global)
  4. Weight changes
  5. High blood pressure
  6. Low blood pressure
  7. Headache
  8. Dizziness/lightheadedness
  9. Depressed/Sad
  10. Anxious
  11. Altered Mental Status
  12. Loss of consciousness
  13. Memory difficulties
  14. Seizure
  15. Eye pain, redness
  16. Vision changes
  17. Hearing changes
  18. Upper respiratory symptoms  (ENT)
  19. Difficulty swallowing
  20. Cough
  21. Chest Pain
  22. Shortness of Breath
  23. Palpitations
  24. Breast lump
  25. Abdominal/Pelvic Pain
  26. Vomiting
  27. Diarrhea
  28. Constipation
  29. Blood in stool
  30. Amenorrhea
  31. Abnormal uterine bleeding
  32. Dysuria
  33. Urinary changes
  34. Groin pain/swelling
  35. Sexual dysfunction
  36. Vaginal discharge
  37. Extremity pain/swelling
  38. Gait abnormalities
  39. Numbness/tingling
  40. Back Pain
  41. Jaundice
  42. Skin lesions/Rashes
  43. Lab abnormalities (glucose, acid-base, creatinine, sodium, potassium, calcium, hemoglobin)

Health prevention/Chronic disease/Other

  1. The well adult
  2. The well child
  3. The patient who is trying to get pregnant/is pregnant/in labor/postpartum
  4. The pre/peri/post-operative patient
  5. The patient with a substance use disorder
  6. The patient with obesity
  7. The patient with chronic kidney disease
  8. The patient with congestive heart failure
  9. The patient with COPD/emphysema
  10. The patient with diabetes
  11. The patient with chronic pain
  12. The patient with chronic mental health issues
  13. The patient with developmental delay or disability
  14. The patient with a history of trauma or violence
  15. The dying patient