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Department: MEOSA-Student Affairs
Course: 620-Transition to Medical School

Course Director: Toi Blakley Harris, M.D.
Course Faculty: Toi Blakley Harris, M.D.
Elective Location:
Elective Offered Terms:
Min. Number of Students:Max: 
Elective Type: Non-Clinical - Foundations
Credit: 1
Visiting Student Elective: No
Open to International Students: No
Grading: Pass/Fail Only
Faculty Approval: No

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
Regular Hours (Mon-Fri): Inpatient Ward:
Night Call: Inpatient consultations:
Number on-call nights: Outpatient clinics:
Weekends: Surgery:
Statement of Goals:
Facilitate the transition of first-year medical students into medical school, promote wellness and effective stress management and peer support. 1. KNOWLEDGE: a) Strategies to promote physical and psychological wellness in the face of medical school related stressor(i.e., exercise, diet, moderate alcohol intake, avoidance of substance use, etc), b) Signs and symptoms of psychological distress (mood disorders, substance use disorders, suicidality, etc.), c) Steps beneficial to providing support to peers while facing adversity during medical school, d) methods to avoid catastrophic thoughts and self-fulfilling negative predictors. 2. SKILLS: a) Demonstrate/describe components of relaxation response (i.e. deep breathing, guided imagery, etc.), b) Identify emphatic responses within an interpersonal exchange, c) Recognize potential warning signs indicative of psychological distress; d) Avoid the use of catastrophic thinking and self-fulfilling negative predictors. 3. ATTITUDES: a) Develop realistic self-expectations in a new learning environment; b) Establish realistic expectations of the importance of balance and self-care, c) allocation of effort to improve relationships and activities outside of medicine, d) Identify help-seeking as a virtue in medical professions Learning Activities The peer leaders will utilize written material and alternate modes of technology to teach the elective such as media clips and pre-recorded lectures in between group sessions. This elective will require attendance of 3 sessions and viewing of pre-recorded information and participation in journaling activities.
Learning Activities
Evaluation Methods
This will elective will evaluate students utilizing the Pass/Fail parameters. In order to receive credit for this elective, it is necessary to attend 3 sessions, and to view the pre-recorded lectures and compelte required journal entries. There will also be a pre- and post course assessment.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
Thursdays Noon - 1:30 p.m. (7/28, 8/4 and 8/11)
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Toi Harris, M.D.
Contact Phone: 832-822-3752
Contact Fax: 832-825-3747
Contact Location:
Address: BCM-350

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