School of Medicine

Selective Descriptions


* Course credits pertain to 2019-2020 academic year

Ophthalmology: MCOPH-MAIN

This two-week course is designed to provide to students who will practice in the diverse areas of medicine, especially primary care, an expanded clinical experience and core of the clinical information, which will allow them to diagnose and manage common ophthalmic problems, emphasizing appropriate referral and the avoidance of delays or omissions of proper eye care; to teach the essentials of the routine ophthalmic history and physical examination; to expose the student to the spectrum of systemic disease with ocular manifestations and to the scope and breadth of primary ocular disease; to teach to the student the recognition and initial management of ocular injuries and emergencies; to introduce the students to the profession of ophthalmology as a branch of the practice of medicine; and to instill in the student an understanding of the scope of the practice of ophthalmology, both medical and surgical, so that he may discriminate the purpose and skills of medical care from the art of refraction performed by non-professionals.

Credits: 2.0
Course Director: Lauren Blieden, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgery: MCORS-MAIN

This course is a two-week course rotating through the clinical aspect of Orthopedic Surgery. Students engage with faculty, residents, fellows, office staff and patients during this two-week rotation. Professional attire and behavior is expected of all participants. Students are expected to shadow assigned faculty during surgeries. Students are required a mandatory night of call at Ben Taub Hospital during the course. Students are required to submit a completed paperwork-signed memorandum at the end of their course for completion.

Credits: 2.0
Course Director: Christopher Perkins, M.D.

Otolaryngology: MCOTO-MAIN

Students are integrated into the daily workflow of the Otolaryngology team – including outpatient clinics, inpatient and emergency room care, and the operating room experience. Formal lectures are provided in an online pre-recorded format, which supplements the daily didactic teaching by residents and faculty.

Credits: 2.0
Course Director: Kathleen Kelly Gallagher, M.D.


The Urology selective course provides medical students with a broad exposure to general urology, along with opportunities to experience the major urologic subspecialties, including cancer, urolithiasis, trauma and reconstruction, reproductive and sexual dysfunction, and pediatrics (subspecialty exposure varies depending on the clinical assignment site). The selective combines activities in the outpatient clinic setting, and in the inpatient and outpatient operating room settings. Students have an active, hands-on experience in examining urologic patients under supervision, and scrubbing on a wide range of surgical procedures. Students participate in hospital rounds and consultations, and also pursue didactic activities which include a standard lecture series covering common urologic disorders relevant to the primary care physician.

Credits: 2.0
Course Director: Jennifer Taylor, M.D., M.P.H.


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