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Department: MEGNT-Molecular and Human Genetics
Course: 520-Genetics Track Curriculum (GTC) Journal Club

Course Director: Sandesh C. S. Nagamani, M.D.
Course Faculty: Seema Lalani, M.D.,Shweta U. Dhar, M.D.,Lindsay Burrage, M.D.
Elective Location:
Elective Offered Terms: 1
Min. Number of Students:Max: 20
Elective Type: Non-Clinical - Foundations
Credit: 0.50
Visiting Student Elective: No
Open to International Students: No
Grading: Pass/Fail Only
Faculty Approval: Yes

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): Wednesday 12-1 p.m. Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
The Genetics Journal Club course is a pre-clinical elective course for medical students. The Genetics Journal Club course is a required element of the Genetics Track Curriculum (GTC) specialty track. The Genetics Journal Club course is intended to help students develop the skills required to critically assess articles in the scientific literature including evaluation of the design of experiments, the capabilities and limitations of methods utilized, the reliability/validity of results, the reasonableness of conclusions, the relevance of the article to what was previously known, and the future directions the findings support. Students will also develop communication skills through in-class discussions. To achieve these goals, one clinically relevant research article will be selected each month for in-class review and discussion. The skills developed through this course will help students assess scientific publications throughout their careers, prepare to serve as reviewers and editors for journals, and develop, conduct and present future research of their own.
Learning Activities
Through this course, students will: 1) Gain skills in using bioinformatics resources such as PubMed to search the scientific literature; 2) Learn how scientific investigations are developed, conducted, and presented for publication; 3) Develop critical thinking skills through the assessment of published scientific investigations; and 4) Practice communication skills through in-class presentations and discussions.
Evaluation Methods
This will be a pass/fail grade elective. Students must give a presentation at one of the 8 classes they must attend to get a grade of Pass.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
First Class Day - Wednesday, August, 10th, 12p to 1p; Location: ABBR 812; Additional Meeting Dates: Wednesdays 12p to 1p, August 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st; September 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th; October 5th (Course begins in Term I & ends the 1st Week of Term II)
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Sandesh C. S. Nagamani, M.D.
Contact Phone: 713-798-8335
Contact Fax: 713-798-5168
Contact Location:
Address: BCM 227

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