"How is this relevant to anything?" you ask. Well, it's not really. But I'm pretty sure NJMS is trying to trick us again in the same way they tried to with Mind, Brain, and Behavior (get it, get it? we won't get fooled again?).
Remember how our schedule is supposed to be a block schedule? One science-y class plus one how-to-be-a-good-doctor-and-learn-social-skills class at a time? They're doing a bad job that. The science class we're in right now is DPPT - Disease Process, Prevention, and Treatment. This class goes from last week until mid-March. March! That is like a 5-month course which is very un-block schedule-like. Plus it incorporates both pathology and pharmacology, basically the two biggest subjects ever in med school. So uh, no big deal putting them together, because neither is really that intense right?
All my complaining aside, it does soooorta make sense to lump the two together because the course is organized in a systems-based way.
What does that mean? Well, we have a cardiology unit where we learn about all the things that can go wrong with the heart and then we learn about all the ways we can fix those things. Then we have a pulmonary unit where we learn about all the things that can go wrong with the lungs and how to fix them, and etc. for the other organ systems in our body.
But don't pretend this is a block schedule. Come on now.