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T1 Electives

 

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T1 MEDICINE ELECTIVES

AFFORDABLE CARE ACT


Description

This elective provides students opportunities to learn about nuances of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Emphasis will be on the three pillars of ACA, including individual mandate, employer mandate and insurance companies.


Goals and Objectives

  1. Identify and analyze major legal issues in the Affordable Care Act
  2. Understand the relationship between Individual Mandate and Insurance Companies
  3. Understand the difference between Physicians' and Health Care Institutions' responsibilities

Offering Information

Sessions: 3&4
Wednesdays 12:00 pm to 1:00pm
January 6 – March 23, 2016 (Excluding Jan. 20, Feb. 3, 10, March 16)
Location: Medical School room 5001
Number of Students: minimum: 1 maximum: 45


See full description here (with full schedule)


Contact Information:

Course Director: James T. Tran, MD, JD
Office Phone: (985) 893-6080
Email: jtran11@tulane.edu


BIOETHICS SEMINAR


Description

This elective provides students opportunities to explore issues of organ donation, genetic screening and controversial medical procedures. Research ethics, and reproductive autonomy will be part of discussion.


Goals and Objectives

  1. Identify and analyze major legal issues in reproduction and birth
  2. Understand the relationship between distribution and organ transplantation
  3. Understand the difference between research and clinical innovations.

Offering Information:

Sessions 3&4 Wednesdays 1:00 pm to 2:00pm
Dates: January 6 – March 23, 2016 (Excluding Jan. 20, Feb. 3, 10, March 16)
Location: Medical School room 5001
See full description here (with full schedule)
Number of Students: minimum: 1 maximum: 45


Contact Information:

Course Director: James T. Tran, MD, JD
Office Phone: (985) 893-6080
Email: jtran11@tulane.edu 


INTEGRATIVE MEDICINE ELECTIVE


Description

This elective will consist of lunch-time presentations and discussions on various aspects of Integrative 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 topic 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, and how to integrate with Western medicine. 

 

Contact Information:

Course Director:  Dr. Domnica Fotino (dfotino@tulane.edu)
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.


Course Offerings

Enrollment:  8 to 50 students: T-1 and T-2s
Session Offerings: 3 & 4
Time of course: Wednesdays and Fridays at noon


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.


Contact Information

Course Directors:  Leah Sarris (lsarris@tulane.edu) and Kerri Dotson, RD (kdotson@tulane.edu)
Phone:  (504) 988-9108
Registration: Please email Leah Sarris (lsarris@tulane.edu) to register for this elective


Grading Policy: 

Students will receive either pass or fail.

 

Offering(s)

Enrollment:  minimum 8 students, maximum 20 students per group.
Time of course:Spring 2016 Schedule

  • Group A (Wednesdays 1-4:00pm)
    • 6-Jan
    • 13-Jan
    • 27-Jan
    • 17-Feb
    • 24-Feb
    • 2-Mar
    • 9-Mar
  • Group B (Fridays, 1-4:00)
    • 8-Jan
    • 15-Jan
    • 29-Jan
    • 19-Feb
    • 26-Feb
    • 4-Mar
    • 11-Mar

*Class days/times are subject to change dependent on medical student schedules.
**More classes will be added as necessary to accommodate students who want to enroll in the elective.

Prerequisite:  None


EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES


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.


Contact Information

Course Director: Dr. Margaret Moore
Contact:  Caroll Evans
Email:  cevans8@tulane.edu
Office:
Phone:  985-291-4911
Fax:  (504) 988-2860


Offering Information:

Enrollment: Elective is open to T1s and T2s. 15-30 students.
Time of course: Monday and Wednesday from 5:00pm to 9:00pm
Sessions: 1 and 2; 3 and 4
Prerequisite:  Healthcare provider CPR


EMERGENCY MEDICINE VOLUNTEERING


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.


Grading Policy:

Pass or Fail


Contact Information

Course Director: Jennifer Avegno, MD
Alternate Email: javegn@lsuhsc.edu


Offerings

Enrollment: 2 students per session; T-1, T-2
Time of course: 3 5-hour blocks
Sessions: 3 and 4


ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN ENGINEERING AND BIOSCIENCE: 
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

Grading Policy: Pass/Fail only


Contact Information

Course Director: Edward W. Karp (ekarp@tulane.edu)
Office Phone:504-309-4950
Department website


Offering Information:

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 2016
Location:  Lindy Boggs building Rm. 104 (Uptown Campus)
Prerequisites: None, except an open mind. Class load is geared to a graduate
level.
Sessions: 3 and 4 (Continuation of course material)


HEALTHCARE FOR THE URBAN UNDERSERVED


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.

Grading Policy: Pass or Fail


Contact Information

Faculty Sponsor:  MarkAlain Dery, DO (madery@tulane.edu
Contact Number: 504-821-9444
Course Coordinator: Claire McKinley (cmckinle@tulane.edu)

Offering Information

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


HEALTH CARE LAW & REGULATION


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%.


Contact Information

Faculty Sponsor:  James Tran, MD, JD(jtran11@tulane.edu)
Contact Number: 985-893-6080


Offering Information

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


HISTORY OF MEDICINE SEMINARS


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 (eledoux@tulane.edu)
Office Phone:  (504) 988-3710
Fax:  (504) 988-1600


Offerings Information

Enrollment: Elective is open to T1s and T2s. 10-60 students.
Time of course: Wednesday from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Sessions: 3


MEDICAL HUMANITIES


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.

Syllabus

2014/2015 

January

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)

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

March

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
Location/Time:  Murphy Building, Room 202, twice per month, 12:00-1:00 PM
Enrollment:  1st and 2nd year medical students, limit 20


LITERATURE IN MEDICINE


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.


Contact Information

Faculty Sponsor:  Cathy J. Lazarus, MD (clazaru@tulane.edu)
Contact Number: 504-702-3661 (office) or 504-702-4409 (direct)


Offering Information

Elective is open to: T1s and T2s
Number of Students: minimum: 4 maximum: 20
Time of Course:
Session 3 Meeting Dates: 01/08/2016, 01/29/2016, 02/26/2016
Session 4 Meeting Dates: 03/04/2016, 04/01/2016, 04/15/2016
1:00-3:00 PM
Session(s) Offered: 3, 4
Location: TBD


MEDICINE IN  MARTIAL ARTS


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. 


Contact Information

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


Offering Information

Elective is open to: T1s and T2s
Number of Students: No maximum
Time of Course: TBA
Session(s) Offered: 3


MIND-BODY MEDICINE: AN EXPERIENTIAL ELECTIVE


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 (www.cmbm.org). 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.


Contact Information

Course Director:  Nereida A. Parada, M.D.
Office:
Office Phone:  Voice 988-1148, Main 988-2250
Email:
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.     


Offering Information

Number of Students:  6 Minimum, 10 Maximum
Course Time:  Session 3 Fridays 3:00-5:00 p.m. T1's & T2's
Location:  Pulmonary Section Conference Room in JBJ


OUT IN THE FIELD WITH GERIATRICS


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


Offering Information

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.
Sessions 3 and 4 (individual sessions or combination of sessions)
Prerequisite: Permissions of the Instructor


SEXUAL HEALTH FOR THE HEALTH CARE PROVIDER


Description

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.


Syllabus

  • 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.


Contact Information

Department: Medicine
Faculty/Staff Sponsors: MarkAlain Dery, DO, MPH
Phone: 504-988-7138
Email: madery@tulane.edu


Offering Information

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: http://tulane.edu/som/StudentAffairs/about-us.cfm

1430 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112 504-988-8070 medsch@tulane.edu