Considering a career in medicine or a related field? This spring semester, Saint Louis University's Center for Outcomes Research (SLUCOR) will offer two courses for undergraduate and graduate students to study clinical medicine.
|Eric Armbrecht, Ph.D.|
"In the real world, the practice of medicine is nothing like what you see on television. Yet that's about as close as most people get to the behind the scenes action until they're already enrolled in medical school," said Eric Armbrecht, Ph.D., SLUCOR assistant professor and co-director of the mini-medical school courses.
"One of the benefits of SLUCOR's mini-medical school courses is that they give students a taste of what medical school would be like and the opportunity to decide early on if this is a career they want to pursue."
The 3-credit-hour graduate and undergraduate courses are not just for pre-med students, though. According to Armbrecht, most students who take these courses are planning careers in related fields such as public health, research, business and law. For these students, the course helps them better understand how the practice of medicine works and relates to their chosen profession.
The mini-medical school courses are designed to give students an inside look at practicing medicine, from diagnosing illnesses to considering various treatment options for the patient. While the undergraduate and graduate courses vary in content and teaching methods, both focus on these critical thinking skills, as well as basic science concepts.
|Krista Lentine, M.D.|
In addition to class lectures, students will get hands-on experience in a simulated medical environment. During one unit, they will use the lessons they learn in class to treat computerized patient mannequins. By the end of the semester, students also will earn life support certification.
"We have assembled clinical experts from more than 10 medical specialties to educate SLU students on the tools physicians use to make diagnostic and treatment decisions," says course co-director Krista Lentine, M.D., SLUCOR associate professor and SLUCare physician.
The guest teachers represent a variety of subspecialties, including emergency medicine, cardiology, pediatrics, geriatrics, endocrinology, gastroenterology, dermatology and sleep medicine.
Caroline Geremakis, MPH, a doctoral student and graduate research assistant with SLUCOR took the course last spring.
"The course was hands on and interactive and I think the applied aspect of the course made it interesting, conceptual and informative," Geremakis said.
For more information about the undergraduate (HSR 231 or CRN 27678, Introduction to Clinical Medicine) or graduate (HSR 521 or CRN 26483, Foundations of Medical Diagnosis and Treatment) mini-medical school course, contact: Eric Armbrecht, firstname.lastname@example.org, 314-977-9300.