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Areas of Concentration Program

The Areas of Concentration Program is available for students who wish to pursue an area of personal interest in depth during medical school in addition to their formal curriculum. The areas of concentration include opportunities in the areas of biomedical research, biomedical ethics, medical education and global and population health.  Students enrolled in this program will be required to complete additional coursework in the area of focused study as well as a senior capstone project.  Because of the intensity of study, the School of Medicine recognizes successful completion of the program by granting a certificate.

Program Overview

Concentration Program Foci:

Medical Education
Medical Research
Global and Population Health
Medical Ethics

Concentration Program Requirements:

  1. Foundational Course (typically summer between M1 and M2)
  2. Regular Meetings (M1-2)
    • e.g., clubs, seminars, AMSA
  3. Fourth year elective
  4. Scholarly capstone project in fourth year
    • Medical Education – a minimum of 60 hours (TBD) of hands-on clinical teaching or curriculum development.

Summer Course Dates & Delivery:

Medical Education – June 13- July 25; on campus course
Medical Research – June 13- July 25; asynchronous, online course through Canvas
Global and Population Health – June 13- July 25; asynchronous, online course through Canvas
Medical Ethics – N/A (course ran in the spring)

Course Director:

Medical Education - TBA
Medical Research – Mary Petzke, Ph.D.
Global and Population Health – Anitha Srinivasan, M.D. (Lila Kagedan, M.Ed. – Lecturer)
Medical Ethics – Ira Bedzow, Ph.D. (Lila Kagedan, M.Ed. – Lecturer)

Foundation Course Brief Description:

Medical Education – The goal of this course is to provide basic skills in order for students to become effective teachers when they begin their internship programs. By developing effective teaching skills and by becoming aware of the learning process, students will appreciate the importance of being self-directed life-long learners.

Medical Research – This course introduces medical students to the essential elements of translating a basic or clinical observation into meaningful scientific results that may have a direct and positive impact on current clinical practice. The course begins with defining a research question and ends with strategies for successfully publishing the resulting manuscript and obtaining research grant support.

Global and Population Health – This course will study a variety of approaches to the study of population health and will introduce students to key concepts and methodologies as well as the possibility of integrating these concepts and methodologies into clinical practice.

Medical Ethics – This course will provide in-depth examination of various aspects of clinical ethics.  It will give students theoretical and practical illustrations of ethical concepts in order to prepare them to engage in self-motivated research in clinical ethics.