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Department: MEOSA-Student Affairs
Course: 700-Biomedical Sciences Research Seminar - MSTP

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Min. Number of Students:Max: 18
Elective Type: Non-Clinical - Foundations
Credit: 4
Visiting Student Elective: No
Open to International Students: No
Faculty Approval: Yes

Time Commitment Percentage of time expected
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Statement of Goals:
This is a year-long weekly seminar which focuses on ongoing laboratory research that underlies the physiological systems being presented in the medical curriculum. Students committed to a combined MD-PhD program are eligible. The overall goals of the course are to provide medical students with insights into ongoing laboratory research that underlies the topics being presented in the medical curriculum. This course is for students who have committed to a dual-degree Md-PhD program in order to better integrate a physician-scientist focus throughout their curriculum: a) Be able to describe current laboratory research projects that are designed to better define the human physiology being covered in the medical school curriculum, e.g., neuroscience research underlying neuroanatomy course content; b) To be able to more thoroughly read and critically review current primary literature that focuses on the molecular and mechanistic basis of medical research; c) To develop skills in oral presentaion or current medical research to their perrs.
Learning Activities
a) Students will attend a weekly seminar for this course. A list speakers for the first black is attached (as well as last year's speakers for the whole year). Each faculty member will be asked to provide to the course administrator a recent article from the primary literature from the primary literature (not a review article) two weeks in advance of their sessions. This article will be distributed one week in advance for the students to read prior to the lecture; b) The faculty member will lead a 50 minute session devided into three parts: I) 10 minute description of their own training and research program; II) 15 minute description of the general area of research (electrophysiology) III) 25 minute -- review of the assigned paper with a student-focused discussion of their interpretation of the paper, data analysis, and proposal of future experiments that would result from this work; c) Beginning in January -- every other week two students will each give a 25-minute presentaion. I) Students will choose the medical curriculum topic based on the faculty presentations throughout the year; II) Students will contact that faculty member to discuss the student giving a more detailed presentation on current research in that area. The faculty member iwill meet with them and facilitate identifying pertinent articles; III) It is expected that students will read 5-7 primary and review articles on their chosen field and prepare an oral presentation accompanied by a slide presentation; IV) The course director or one of the MTSP co-director will attend the oral presentations.
Evaluation Methods
a) We have developed an evaluation form that the students will fill our at the end of each session to rate the faculty presenters. The completed forms will be collected by the MSTP administrator and used in selecting faculty for future years; b) Students will be formally evaluated when they give their oral presentation. An evaluation form (attached) will be used by the course director (or co-director); c) The focuse of the evaluation is on the student's understanding of the scientific literature, their ability to present the data, and their effectiveness at tying the laboratory research to current medical problems; d) Students will meet with the director to review their evaluation either immediately after the presentation or if not possible then within the next week; e) Attendance is considered "mandatory", there is a weekly sign-in sheet, and absences based on academic conflicts are conveyed to the MSTP office in advance. We expect students to not miss more than 2 sessions over the course of the year; f) Overall grading is Pass/Fail based on giving an oral presentation and attendance.
When and Where to report on first day of service:
Alkek Building, Room N202 at Noon
For additional information regarding this elective contact:
Contact Name: Vanessa Hatfield
Contact Phone: 713-798-5264
Contact Fax: 713-798-6184
Contact Location:
Address: BCM-215

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