BUSM Core

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. Breast pain/discharge
  26. Abdominal/Pelvic Pain
  27. Vomiting
  28. Diarrhea
  29. Constipation
  30. Blood in stool
  31. Hot flashes
  32. Amenorrhea
  33. Abnormal uterine bleeding
  34. Dysuria
  35. Urinary changes
  36. Groin pain/swelling
  37. Sexual dysfunction
  38. Vaginal discharge
  39. Extremity pain/swelling
  40. Gait abnormalities
  41. Numbness/tingling
  42. Back Pain
  43. Jaundice
  44. Skin lesions/Rashes
  45. 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; The patient who is pregnant; The patient who is in labor; The patient who is postpartum
  4. The pre-operative patient; The 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