T1 Electives


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Complementary Therapies Course


This elective will consist of lunch-time presentations and discussions on various aspects of Alternative and Complementary Therapies.

Each topic will be allotted one hour, and will be presented by community practitioners and moderated by Tulane faculty.  Presentations will be offered at noon beginning in early January and ending mid spring.

Any student is welcome to attend the talks, but must attend 8 out of 10 sessions to receive credit for the elective.  A sign-in sheet will be available at each presentation.

The presentations will be open to all students, whether they wish to receive elective credit or not, and will be advertised in advance.

Relevant articles and power-point presentations will be posted on MyTulane.


Goals and Objectives:

For each therapy presented, students should be familiar with the techniques utilized, theoretical orientation or belief system, the history and cultural context of the therapy, diseases and/or problems for which it is used, potential areas for conflict or collaboration with Western medicine.

Course Director:  Dr. Domnica Fotino (
Office: 504-988-7518
Fax: 504-988-8252

Grading Policy:  Must attend 8 out of 10 sessions to receive credit for the elective.  A sign-in sheet will be available at each presentation.

Enrollment:  10 to 50 students: T-1 and T-2s
Session Offerings: 3 & 4
Time of course: Mondays at noon, unless otherwise specified (there may be a few lectures not on Monday)
beginning  in early January and ending March 26, 2015.


Culinary Medicine in Practice

Course Overview

The T1/T2 course will teach basic culinary skills including fundamental dietary and nutrition knowledge.  There is a total of eight (8) 3-hour cooking classes.  Lessons will be keyed to both the basic science curriculum (biochemistry, physiology, etc.) while linking concepts learned to the practical clinical skills needed for the patient physician discussion about the importance of dietary and lifestyle change.

Students will be expected to watch a 10 minute PowerPoint presentation and take a short quiz prior to coming to class. Class time is spent doing 2 hours of hands on cooking, tasting, and dialogue tied with case studies and questions relevant to the lessons. Students are expected to take 4 lessons during the spring of the first year, and 4 classes during the fall of the second year to receive elective credit. T-2 fall classes are only open to students who have previously completed the first four lessons.

Course Goals and Objectives

Contact Information

Course Directors:  Timothy Harlan ( and Leah Sarris (
Phone:  (504) 988-9108

Registration: Please email Leah Sarris ( to register for this elective

Grading Policy: 

Students will receive either pass or fail.

Enrollment:  minimum 4 students, maximum 8 students per group.

Time of course:

Fall 2015 Schedule:

Group A (Wednesdays 1-4:00pm)
Lesson 1- September 30
Lesson 2- October 7
Lesson 3- October 14
Lesson 4- October 21
Lesson 5- October 28
Lesson 6- November 4
Lesson 7- November 11
Lesson 8- November 18

Dates may change after schedule changes

Prerequisite:  None


Course Overview

Intro to pre-hospital emergency medicine, pt. assessment, and pre-hospital treatment of various trauma & medical related problems are taught. Upon completion, medical students are prepared to sit for national registry testing.

Goals and Objectives


Contact Information

Course Director: Dr. Norman McSwain, Jr., MD, FACS
Contact:  Randy Williams
Office Phone:  (504) 988-2212
Fax:  (504) 988-2860

Department website

Enrollment: Elective is open to T1s and T2s. 15-30 students.

Time of course: Monday and Wednesday from 6:00pm to 10:00pm

Sessions: 1 and 2; 3 and 4

Prerequisite:  Healthcare provider CPR


Course Overview

Students will become familiar with the specialty of Emergency Medicine through observation and limited hands-on Emergency Department experience. Students are encouraged to participate in patient care in three ways: learning the basic approach to the emergency patient, contributing to resident and staff discussions of basic anatomy and physiology with knowledge obtained from studies of the first or second year level of medical school, and assisting in such procedures as starting IVs, drawing blood, etc. when appropriate. They will interact with emergency medicine faculty and residents in the ED and discuss patient management and emergency medicine principles.

Goals and Objectives


Contact Information

Course Director: Jennifer Avegno, MD
Alternate Email:
Office Phone:

Enrollment: 2 students per session; T-1, T-2

Time of course: 3 5-hour blocks

  • Sessions 3 and 4

Grading policy: Pass or Fail

A New Way of Inventing

Course Overview

This course focuses on taking graduate and senior capstone engineering and bioscience research projects to a commercial stage.  Not only does one need to take the research projects to an advanced engineering/bioscience stage in order to be commercialized, one needs to develop a competitive business plan, an intellectual property position, and a sustainable competitive advantage.

Additionally, this course explores the major economic and technological developments that are shaping the world, how to develop and sustain a competitive bioengineering or biotech start up firm, how to write a competitive business plan and the proper interaction with venture capitalists, lawyers and investment bankers through the entire business cycle.  All through this process, the importance of ethics is continually studied, stressed and examined.  Guest speakers are incorporated throughout the semester including a venture capitalist, a business ethicist, startup attorney, investment banker and several bioscience and biomedical engineering entrepreneurs

Contact Information

Course Director: Edward W. Karp (
Office Phone:309-4950
Department website

Grading Policy: Pass/Fail only

Enrollment: All bioscience, engineering, tropical health, medical students and any faculty member.  Elective is open to T1's & T2's. Maximum 24 students

Course Time: Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m.  Spring Semester 2014

Location:  Lindy Boggs building Rm. 239 (Uptown Campus)

Prerequisites: None, except an open mind. Class load is geared to a graduate

Sessions: 3 and 4 (Continuation of course material)



Course Overview

This elective intends to provide Tulane health professional students with an introduction to issues surrounding healthcare for urban underserved populations. This course is designed to complement the Tulane student-run clinics (i.e. Bridge House clinic, Fleur de Vie -- Covenant House, Fleur de Vie -- New Orleans East, and Ozanam Inn Weekend Clinic). The course will involve independent readings, in-class discussions, presentations from community leaders, a community project, and reflection.

Course Goals and Objectives

Grading Policy: Pass or Fail

Elective is open to: T1s and T2s

Number of Students: minimum: 5, maximum: 25

Time of Course: Tuesday 12-1 PM

Sessions Offered: 1 and 3

Sessions: 1 and 3 (Duplication of course material)

Contact Information

     Faculty Sponsor:  MarkAlain Dery, DO (
     Contact Number: 504-821-9444
     Course Coordinator: Claire McKinley (


Course Overview

This elective provides an overview of major issues in health law. No prior knowledge of health law is required. By the end of this elective students should be able to explain both the current state of American health law and the social forces that have shaped its historical development. Major topics include state and federal regulation of health care providers and institutions; tort liability in the context of medical care; patient and provider rights and obligations; public and private insurance systems; and basic issues in bioethics and public health.

Grading Policy: 

Passing = 70%.  Class participation/professionalism will account for 60% and written assignments will account for 40%.

Elective is open to: T1s and T2s

Number of Students: minimum: 3 maximum: 30

Time of Course: Wednesdays at 12:00

Location: SOM Rm. 5001

Session(s) Offered: 1 and 2, 3 and 4

Faculty Sponsor:  James Tran, MD, JD(
Contact Number: 985-893-6080


Course Overview

Weekly speakers will discuss various topics of interest to medical historians. Discussion of the medical aspects and their impact on current medical thought and practice will be emphasized.

Contact Information

Course Director: Elma I. LeDoux, MD (
Office Phone:  (504) 988-3710
Fax:  (504) 988-1600

Department website

Enrollment: Elective is open to T1s and T2s. 10-60 students.

Time of course: Monday from 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Sessions: 3



Course Overview

A discussion group focusing on the application of literature and film to medical education and practice

Course Goals and Objectives

  • Encourage students to understand the humanities as an integral part of comprehensive medical education.
  • Provide a platform for students and faculty to discuss illness, healing, and dying from ethical, humanistic, and culturally sensitive perspectives.
  • Integrate the insights of literature and literary analysis and into our practice and teaching of medicine.




INTERN, By Doctor X (1965)
"shattering revelations from a young doctor's tape-recorded diary of his life an intern... 'immediate, authentic, fascinating'"
Beasts of the Southern Wild (film)

Selected shorts of Gabriel Garcia-Marquez:
"Death Constant Beyond Love"
"Man With Wings"


Selected shorts of Jorge Luis Borges:
"The Immoral"

Previous Readings

  • The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows
  • God's Hotel by Victoria Sweet
  • Philadelphia (movie)
  • Lost Memory of Skin by Russell Banks
  • A Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  • Dead in Attic: After Katrina by Chris Rose
  • The Marriage Plot by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • 12 Angry Men (film)
  • Tweak: Growing Up On Amphetamines by Nic Sheff andBeautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction by David Sheff
  • If On A Winter's Night A Traveler by Italo Calvino
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne short story selections
  • Blindness by Jose Saramago
  • Nine Lives: Mystery, Magic, Death, and Life in New Orleans by Dan Baum
  • Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
  • Selections from A Good Scent From A Strange Mountain by Robert Olen Butler
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (film version of the play by Edward Albee)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Marc Haddon
  • The Emigrants by W.G. Sebald


Previous Screenings:

  • Harold and Maude
  • The Death of Mr. Lazarescu

Contact Information

     Faculty Sponsor:  Dr. Marc Kahn
     Course Coordinator: Lauren Boehm, Adharsh Ponnapakkam
     Session:  1, 2, 3
  Murphy Building, Room 202, twice per month, 12:00-1:00 PM
     Enrollment:  1st and 2nd year medical students, limit 20


Course Overview

Medicine at the core is a human profession. While science underpins it, the relationships with human beings define it. To be successful, physicians must be empathetic, compassionate, and open to others whose perspectives and experiences are different than their own. Humanities, including art, music, drama, and literature have much to teach us about difference and about ourselves. Through reading, discussion and reflective writing, the student will enhance his/her ability to understand, value, and relate to others, and gain an appreciation of their own personal journeys towards physicianhood.

Students from years 1 and 2 are eligible for this elective, up to 20 students per session. Students will work in groups of 5 to 8, mixed across years of medical school. Each group will select two books from the attached «Suggested Readings» list, one from Group 1 and one from Group 2. Each group is expected to complete both books, with a 2 hour student- lead and instructor-facilitated discussion one time for each book (for a total of 3 class sessions: one introductory, one to discuss Book 1, and one to discuss Book 2). Each student will be expected to complete a reflective paper discussing what he/she learned through reading, and submit it to the instructor within 48 hours of the final discussion group.

Course learning objectives:

1. Through reading and reflection, examine/recognize the role of literature in developing the capacity to demonstrate broad perspective and empathy in medicine.
2. Through discussion, enhance individual reactions by sharing the reactions of others.
3. Through written reflections, relate the readings to one's own journey towards physicianhood.

Suggested Readings

View Selected Readings Here

Grading Policy: 

Students will be assessed on attendance and participation (must attend all three sessions) and on completion of a satisfactory reflective paper.  

Elective is open to: T1s and T2s

Number of Students: minimum: 4 maximum: 20

Time of Course:

Session 3 Meeting Dates: 1/16/15, 1/30/15, 2/10/15
Session 4 Meeting Dates: 3/13/15, 4/3/15, 4/17/15

1:00-3:00 PM

Session(s) Offered: 3, 4

Location: 1555 Poydras Room 2214

Contact Information

Faculty Sponsor:  Cathy J. Lazarus, MD (
Contact Number: 504-903-4922



Course Overview

This course will provide students a brief overview of some of the anatomical, physiological, and pathological concepts encountered in the first 2 years of medical school and Step 1 through the context of martial arts. Lecture topics will include such things as arm bar, the mystical "touch of death," and rear-naked choke. There will be both a lecture component and optional practical component where students will learn select techniques and be able to practice them in a controlled and supervised environment.

Grading Policy: 

Pass or Fail Student must attend at least 8 out of 10 sessions to pass. Make up projects can be assigned in extenuating circumstances. 

Elective is open to: T1s and T2s

Number of Students: minimum: 10

Time of Course: Friday 12-1 PM

Session(s) Offered: 3

Contact Information

Faculty Sponsor:  Dr. Marc Kahn (
Contact Number: 504-988-5331
Course Coordinator: Dennis Ren (
Registration: Please email Dennis Ren to register for this elective.


Not Offered Spring 2015

Course Overview

This elective will teach the biological underpinnings of Mind-Body Medicine while you experience the mind-body skills in a small group setting. This course has been taught in over 13 medical schools, including Georgetown and University of Minnesota. The eight sessions are based on the Center for Mind Body Medicine in Washington DC model ( This experiential elective will help medical students understand the concept of Self-Care and how to incorporate relaxation, mindful nutrition and exercise into their lives. It will teach many skills (meditation, autogenic training and biofeedback, movement, nutrition, and virtual imagery) that will help develop the resiliency needed for a demanding and fulfilling career in medicine. Most importantly, the skills are simple and help with many stress-induced and preventable chronic conditions that will be encountered in patient care.

Course Goals and Objectives


Contact Information

Course Director:  Nereida A. Parada, M.D.
Office Phone:  Voice 988-1148, Main 988-2250
Fax:  988-2144
Department website:

Grading Policy:  Active participation and a 1-2 page write-up on how the elective has affected them over the eight week period.     

Number of Students:  6 Minimum, 10 Maximum

Course Time:  Session 3 Fridays 1:00-3:00 p.m. T1's & T2's

Location:  1525A



Course Information

Students will visit in the home setting as well as see patients in the nursing home setting.  Preceptors for the course will include the faculty physicians of Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) and the geriatrics program. Students will be encouraged to follow patients as they transition from the inpatient to the home setting and/or nursing home setting as they recover from an acute illness. Student performance will be evaluated by rating of preceptors.

Course Goals and Objectives

The purpose of this elective is to introduce students to the special needs of the frail older patient. The objectives are:

  • to enable the student to see patients in the home and  nursing home setting, recognizing the unique strengths of care offered within  different models of care for the older adult. 
  • to enable the student to appreciate how other health  professionals (nurses, therapists, dietitians, and social workers) can  contribute to the care of the frail older patient in an interdisciplinary  setting;
  • to help the student appreciate how best to enable an older  patient to recover from an acute illness and to manage multiple chronic  illnesses within the psychosocial demands and individual expectations of the  frail patient;
  • to enable the student to appreciate the importance of  optimizing function in older patients, rather than just focusing on diseases and  their treatment;
  • to introduce the student to some of the physiologic changes  associated with aging, including the concepts of heterogeneity and loss of  homeostatic reserve;
  • to introduce the student to some of the geriatric syndromes  and conditions, such as dementia, polypharmacy, incontinence, delirium, fall,  and altered disease presentation.


Contact Information

Course Director: Dr. Lumie Kawasaki, MD
Office Phone: (504) 988-7518
Fax: (504) 988-8252
Mailing Address: 1430 Tulane Avenue, SL 12, New Orleans, LA 70112
Department website

Enrollment: Elective is open to T1s and T2s. 1 student.

Course Time:

Schedule will vary to accommodate the schedules of students as well as preceptors in the different settings.

Prerequisite: Permissions of the Instructor

Sessions 3 and 4 (individual sessions or combination of sessions)


Sexual Health for the Health Care Provider

Department: Medicine

Faculty/Staff Sponsors: MarkAlain Dery, DO, MPH

Phone: 504-988-7138


Brief Description of Course Content: This elective is designed to develop medical students' knowledge and skills toward encouraging healthy sexualities and managing sexual concerns among their patients. Sessions vary in topics and teaching methods and are purposefully designed to provide cross-disciplinary perspectives.

  • Week 1: Common Sexual Concerns - Intro with Pub-style Quizzing
  • Week 2: Sex & Terminology
  • Week 3: LGBT Health
  • Week 4: Safe Sex, STIs, HIV/AIDS
  • Week 5: Sex Across the Lifespan, Part 1: Aging Population
  • Week 6: Sex Across the Lifespan, Part 2: Pediatric Population 
  • Week 7: Intersex
  • Week 8: Sex & Disability
  • Week 9: Sexual Violence in New Orleans
  • Week 10: Kink

Grading Policy: Students will be graded based on attendance and class participation.  In order to pass the class, students will be expected to fill out a short reflection surveys after each class session.

Elective is open to: T1s & T2s

Number of Students: 5 minimum, 50 maximum

Time of Course: Wednesdays 12–1pm

Location: TBA

Session: 2 (late October through mid December)

Additional Contact Information for T1 Electives

Course Electives Coordinator: Kim Melerine
Office: 131 S. Robertson St. Suite 1550
Office Phone: (504) 988-2222
Fax: (504) 988-6462
Mailing Address: Office of Admissions and Student Affairs
1430 Tulane Ave., SL-67, New Orleans, LA 70112

Department website:

1430 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-988-5331