School of Medicine (MEDS)

Courses

MEDS 5003. Fundamentals of Biochem. 4 Credit Hours.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS 5004. Fundamentals of Physiology. 4 Credit Hours.

Fundamentals of Physiology addresses important topics including membranes and membrane transport, excitation and contraction of skeletal, smooth and cardiac muscle, the heart and blood flow, renal physiology and lung physiology. Important medically related examples will be discussed. Course syllabus will be provided by the course director.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS 5006. Microbio and Immunology. 4 Credit Hours.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS 5007. Human Anatomy. 4 Credit Hours.

Human Anatomy provides instruction in gross anatomy for postbac students. Important medically related examples will be discussed. Course syllabus will be provided by the course director.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS 5008. Medical Pharmacology. 4 Credit Hours.

Medical Pharmacology provides instruction in pharmacology for postbac students. Important medically related examples will be discussed. Course syllabus will be provided by the course director.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS 5009. Biochemistry of Life Systems. 2 Credit Hours.

This course provides students with an understanding of the basic principles of biochemistry related to pre-health competencies tested by the MCAT. Topics related to these competencies include: protein structure and function; enzyme function and regulation; transmission of genetic information, membrane structure and composition, bioenergetics, fuel metabolism and cell signaling. NOTE: This course fulfills a requirement for students enrolled in the Basic Core in Medical Sciences (BCMS) Post Baccalaureate Program.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS 5010. Special Topics in Medicine. 3 Credit Hours.

Special Topics in Medicine discusses important topics in medicine including translational research and evidence based medicine for postbac students. Course syllabus will be provided by the course director.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MEDS 5011. The Application of Physical Principles to the Understanding and Practice of Medicine. 4 Credit Hours.

The principles of the physical world are the foundation of many diagnostic and therapeutic modalities used in the practice of medicine as well as essential physiological processes. This course is offered every fall to provide students with an understanding of the principles and applications of physical science to biological systems and medicine. The application of physical science to medicine will be subdivided into three sections: relationship to human organ function, imaging and diagnosis, and therapies. Topics in the first section include heat, electricity, sound and light waves, and fluids. The second section will describe their application to microscopy, MRI, CT, X-ray, PET and ultrasound imaging. The final section includes therapies for treating disease. The course is lecture based and includes problem solving and presentations by practicing physicians. This course fulfills a requirement for students enrolled in the Basic Core in Medical Sciences post-baccalaureate program.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS 8004. Macromolecules. 4 Credit Hours.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS 8010. Seminar Clinical Res. 1 Credit Hour.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MEDS 8020. Crit Lit Clin Transl Res. 2 Credit Hours.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MEDS 8030. Grant Writing: Clin Res. 2 Credit Hours.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MEDS 8051. Intro to Biostatistics. 3 Credit Hours.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS 9995. Res Prjct Clin/Trnsl Med. 1 to 6 Credit Hour.

Level Registration Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels: Graduate.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MEDS M001. 1st Yr Med School Prog. 12 Credit Hours.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M002. 2nd Yr Med School Prog. 12 Credit Hours.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M003. 3rd Yr Med School Prog. 12 Credit Hours.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M004. 4th Yr Med School Prog. 12 Credit Hours.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M100. Nutrition and Health. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M5

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M101. Fundamentals of Anatomy. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M1

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M102. Fundamentals of Medicine 1. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M1

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M103. Biological Systems I: Cardiovascular, Blood, Respiratory and Renal Systems. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M1

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M104. Biological Systems II: Gastrointestinal, Endocrine, Bone and Reproductive Systems. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M1

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M105. Biological Systems III: Nervous and Musculoskeletal Systems. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M1

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M106. Biological Systems IV: Inflammation, Immune System and Skin. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M1

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M107. Doctoring 1. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M1

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M110. Clinical Immun Topics. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M5

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M120. Sexual Health. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M5

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M130. Reflections on Gross Anatomy. 0 Credit Hours.

This elective will address issues raised by the first and one of the most powerful rites of initiation into the medical profession – gross anatomy. Topics will include death, dissection, graveyard humor, and (postmortem) physician-patient relations. Reading will include both fiction (Shakespeare, Tillie Olson, Hemingway, William Carlos Williams) and medical essays (Richard Selzer, Lewis Thomas, Robert Coles, Perri Klass). Students will write then read in class three brief pieces in either fictional or essay form.

MEDS M139. Medical Sign Language. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M5

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M141. Intro to Medical Ethics. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M5

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M143. Medical Humanities. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M5

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M146. Intro Global Health. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M5

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M149. Basic Medicial Spanish. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M5

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M150. Introductory Elective. 0 Credit Hours.

This generic first and second year School of Medicine elective serves as an introduction to a special topic, often with an interdisciplinary focus. Topics vary from semester to semester and may include an extension of a content area already covered in the required curriculum, an introduction to a new topic or research issue, or exposure to a clinical discipline. First and second year electives are optional and do not impact graduation requirements. Electives are schedule for seven two-hour sessions each, for a total of fourteen contact hours. Student interest and faculty availability determine topics offered each semester.

MEDS M170. Advanced Medical Spanish. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M5

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M189. Intro Disaster Response. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M5

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M191. Intro Disaster Response II. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M5

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M193. Introduction to Bioethics. 0 Credit Hours.

In this lecture/discussion-based course, students will be exposed to a range of key themes, concepts and current controversies in medical ethics. Topics to be addressed may include: Social Determinants of health and urban bioethics, Mediation as a clinical dispute resolution mechanism, Cultural humility and community competency, Disability ethics, Ethics at the end-of-life, Three-parent babies and reproductive ethics, Bioethics, policy, and the values of health care reform.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MEDS M200. Community Hosp Svc. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M5

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M210. Diseases of Renal/Endo/Repro. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M1

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M212. Microbiology/Inf. Dis.. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M1

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M214. Diseases of Cardio/Resp. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M1

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M217. Doctoring 2. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M1

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M220. Epidemiology Journal Club. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M5

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M222. Diseases IV: GI/Hem-Onc/MS. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M1

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M224. Diseases III: CNS. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M1

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M225. Disability Through the Lens of Self-Reflection. 0 Credit Hours.

This elective brings voices from the disability community to the world of medicine. A primary goal is to challenge medicine's imperative to 'fix' disability. A medical diagnosis of a disability often becomes a singular observational lens that isolates and limits people with disabilities. However, by listening to stories directly from members of the disability community, we see instead a perspective that views disability as something that is natural, fluid, and dignified. Learning to embrace diversity and disability through the self-representations, this elective helps prepare future doctors to better contribute to individuals' health, well-being, and flourishing. Students will explore several key theoretical, policy, and medical debates in the field of disability. Specific topics include, for example: stigma and stereotypes; pre-natal genetic testing, neuro-diversity, and disability activism; health policy; medical interventionism; non-traditional communication and informed consent; and self-representation in the arts.

Field of Study Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors: Medicine.
Degree Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Degrees: Doctor of Medicine.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M226. Arts Workshop. 0 Credit Hours.

Arts Workshop will be a hands-on workshop style class in which students will draw with pencil and ink, paint with watercolor and acrylic, and create an art book over the course of the elective. The goal is to provide a hands-on creative outlet, a fresh perspective on perspective, and improve observational skills and nourish creativity. Classes will build each week on previously explored art concepts and will focus in part on translating observational skills into visual representation using plants, birds, landscapes, and the human body.

Field of Study Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors: Medicine.
Degree Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Degrees: Doctor of Medicine.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M227. Fundamentals of Improv Theater. 0 Credit Hours.

In this elective, students can expect to learn the fundamental skills of improvisation and how it applies to caring for patients. Improvisation is a collaborative art form built on listening, supporting, creativity, intuition, quick response and, well, fun. Students will sharpen their listening skills, their ability to use intuition at the bedside talking with patients, and developing empathy.

Field of Study Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors: Medicine.
Degree Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Degrees: Doctor of Medicine.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M233. Bridging Gap Clerkship. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M5

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M235. History of Medicine. 0 Credit Hours.

Certain events in the history of medicine have had a major impact on the practice of medicine today. We propose to teach a course that in no way attempts to be a survey of medical history but one in which selected vignettes that have had a major impact will be featured. The course will be taught in an interactive format based on readings selected by the course instructors. Biographies of seminal individuals in the history of medicine in addition to major discoveries and events will be the focus. Ideally participants will select an event or individual and prepare either a talk or paper to conclude the course. Examples of potential topics include: The discovery of the structure of DNA, the Cocoanut Grove Fire of 1942, Pasteur's discoveries, individuals who contributed to advances in transplantation (specifically Thomas Starzl), self-experimentation, and the discovery of ABO blood groups.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M240. An Exploration of Narrative Medicine. 0 Credit Hours.

Storytelling is an indispensable part of medicine, too often overlooked. But the pendulum is swinging back! In this class, we will celebrate the joy of telling stories, and the good that can come of it. We will talk about ways to make sure the human experience stays front and center as students move forward in their path to becoming doctors. We will talk about how to listen, how to earn trust, how to use stories as an effective way to communicate with patients. We will read and discuss examples of great medical storytelling by physician writers and journalists, and look at how this has enriched the lives of patient, physician, and the public. Students will also visit patients in the hospital, and write two short pieces of their own in any style they please. Reflection in any form is a great way to process the intensity of experiences in medical school and as a physician. By the end of the seven weeks, students will have improved their storytelling skills and gained appreciation for the importance of stories in medicine. They will have gained experience interviewing and eliciting patient stories, and they will have muted or at least diminished any fear of writing.

MEDS M241. An Exploration of Meaning through Stories, Poems, and Plays. 0 Credit Hours.

Medical school is sometimes a rollercoaster through thickets of facts, emotion, and doubt. As in other parts of life, meaning and purpose can get lost. In a spirit of playful inquiry, the class will read, discuss, and write about various approaches to create meaning, including work by Italo Calvino, Mary Oliver, J.K. Rowling, Billy Collins, Martin Buber, and Maurice Sendak. With apologies to Monty Python, the class will address fundamental questions. How do we preserve meaning in the face of sorrow or tragedy, and in the daily grind? How might religion, humor, and art nurture a sense of self and meaning? What is the role of intimacy and compassion? And when might ambiguity support meaning? Students will meet as a group for seven, two-hour Friday afternoon sessions, spread over three months in the fall. Reading assignments will be very short. Every other session, students will bring a brief written response in any genre they choose to share as a prompt for class discussion.

MEDS M243. Humans of North Philly: Portraits from the Streets. 0 Credit Hours.

In this class, working with photojournalist Michael Perez, students will descend into the streets around the medical school, seeking out residents to interview and photograph. Students will follow their hearts and instincts, looking for people who they believe will make a great portrait and have an interesting story to tell. The students will approach their subjects with sensitivity and respect, ask for permission to take photographs, and then interview the subject of the photo. As part of the class, students will write a little story to accompany their photos, the best of which will hang in a gallery show in the MERB. By the end of the elective, students will have learned how to approach strangers and initiate conversations, to appreciate the stories of the residents of this community who so often are the patients at Temple Hospital, and to see the world literally and figuratively through a new lens. Students will develop a sensitivity and communication skills that will help them as clinicians. They will also learn technical skills on how to use a camera.

MEDS M245. HIV Prevention Corps. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M5

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M248. Business of Medicine. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M2

MEDS M260. My Daughter's Kitchen comes to Medical School. 0 Credit Hours.

Once a week, for seven weeks, Philadelphia Inquirer Food Editor Maureen Fitzgerald, as part of her My Daughter’s Kitchen healthy cooking initiative, www.philly.com/mydaughter, will prepare healthy meals with students in the College of Public Health's kitchen down the street from the MERB. Students will learn how to slice, saute, simmer, roast, bake and in every way prepare a meal for six. And then they will all sit down to a hot meal. Students, with counsel from the instructor, will each come up with one recipe that meets nutritional and affordability requirements. Discussions at mealtime will focus on techniques and strategies to deliver this information – the value, ease and pleasure of cooking your own healthy meals – to patients. For the last class, students will invite a group of patients in need of healthier eating habits and cook a meal for them, sharing what they have learned. These future physicians will literally be able to hand their patients a recipe and say, "This vegetable soup or this turkey sloppy joe is healthy and easy and good for you because I made it myself!" They can even give cooking or preparation tips! Or suggest where in the neighborhood to buy the ingredients! At the end of the class, students will have an option to write a reflection of 250 to 500 words. Ms. Fitzgerald will periodically write and publish reports describing the class for a general audience.

MEDS M270. Artful Thinking. 0 Credit Hours.

Students will attend small-group sessions held in the galleries of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Using the Artful Thinking approach, developed by Project Zero at Harvard University, students will utilize 5 particular forms of thinking in order to explore 2-3 works of art per session: (1) observation; (2) investigation; (3) reasoning; (4) comparison, and; (5) perception. These forms of thinking will be facilitated by 2 museum educators, who will prompt students to observe, discuss, and interpret the paintings based on the visual evidence present within the pieces. Practicing these 5 cognitive skills in the museum context, rather than a familiar medical environment, will challenge students and prepare them for their clinical rotations and careers as physicians. Each week, after the gallery session, students will be invited to further hone these skills by engaging in an optional reflective writing activity.

MEDS M275. Cannabinoids (Medicinal Marijuana). 0 Credit Hours.

The recent approval of medicinal cannabinoids and the frequency of patient self-medication make it imperative that physicians are familiar with the scientific background related to cannabinoids and their effect on physiologic and pathophysiologic function. The course will cover the endogenous cannabinoid system and how modifications of this system can influence both therapy and pathology for a number of diseases. It will also examine legal issues related to the use of medicinal and recreational marijuana.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MEDS M276. Case Based Topics. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M1

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M295. Cmplmntry/Altern Med III. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M5

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M296. Cmplmntry/Altern Med I. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M5

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M297. Cmplmntry/Altern Med II. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M5

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M298. Independent Study/Research. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M5

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MEDS M338. Doctoring 3/OSCE. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M1

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M411. Community Health. 0 Credit Hours.

This elective will provide an overview to the medical students of important Community Health and preventive Medicine topics including Access to Care, Healthy Living, Maternal and Child Health Services, HIV Care, Elder Health and Mental Health topics. The student will be able to select a specific community health topic to explore in more depth and complete a project, i.e. nutrition, diabetes prevention, etc. The course will provide additional education about Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), Health Equity and Lifestyle Medicine topics, which are not generally covered in other clerkships/electives.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MEDS M444. Community Health. 0 Credit Hours.

This elective will provide an overview to the medical students of important Community Health and preventive medicine topics including Access to Care, Healthy Living Maternal and Child Health Services, HIV Care, Elder Health and Mental Health topics. The student will be able to select a specific community health topic to explore in more depth and complete a project, i.e. nutrition, diabetes prevention, etc. The course will provide additional education about Social Determinants of Health (SDOH), Health Equity and Lifestyle Medicine topics, which are not generally covered in other clerkships/electives.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MEDS M494. Doctoring Teaching Elective. 0 Credit Hours.

This elective will provide an opportunity for 4th year students interested in Academic Medicine to develop and/or revise Doctoring Curriculum, provide peer to peer instruction through teaching of clinical skills, and facilitate small group discussions.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MEDS M905. International Med Elective. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M2

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M906. Research Elective. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M2

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MEDS M908. Scholarly Project. 0 Credit Hours.

Scholarly projects are year-long research projects under the direction of a mentor. The project may include lab or clinical research, a community engagement project, or an educational or curricular project. In order to get credit for a scholarly project, the student must have a mentor who reviews and advises on the project. The plans for the project must be submitted by October 1 of the 4th year. The project must be completed by the last day of block 12, with an evaluation form submitted by the advisor. You must create a poster representing your project, to be presented during the Capstone course. The scholarly project will be graded Pass/Fail.

Field of Study Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors: Medicine.
Class Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Classes: Fourth Year Medical.
Degree Restrictions: Must be enrolled in one of the following Degrees: Doctor of Medicine.

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M909. Interprofessional Healthcare Quality Improvement. 0 Credit Hours.

This interprofessional course will combine medical students with students from nursing and other professions in a healthcare quality experience. The didactic curriculum, based upon the Institute of Healthcare Improvement materials, is presented in longitudinal workshop sessions over a semester. During the following semester, interprofessional student teams identify a clinical quality gap and use the PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Act) model to assess the gap, design an intervention, and assess the impact of their intervention. Project outcomes will be presented at a scholarly venue(s).

MEDS M913. Patient Safety/Quality. 0 Credit Hours.

Patient safety and quality improvement is now, more than ever, becoming recognized as a cornerstone of the practice of medicine. These concepts are fundamental, not only to one's personal development and growth as a physician, but to the future of healthcare. This course is designed for those students who have an interest in patient safety and quality improvement and wish to expand upon their knowledge outside of the standard curriculum. This course will integrate several core competencies that are central to the mission of LKSOM, especially those related to Systems Based Practice and Practice Based Learning and Improvement that focus on quality, improvement of care, and utilization. Furthermore, students in the course will attend several hospital committee meetings and, by doing so, will learn more about both inter-professional collaboration and professionalism.

Repeatability: This course may be repeated for additional credit.

MEDS M990. Health System Administration. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M2

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M992. Doctoring 4/Capstone. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M2

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M995. Medical Advocacy. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M2

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M996. Academic Medicine. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M5

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.

MEDS M997. Independent Study. 0 Credit Hours.

Course Attributes: M5

Repeatability: This course may not be repeated for additional credits.