El Frontiers in Medicine: Immunology/Inflammation & Circulation/Vascular Biology

Frontiers in Medicine is designed to revisit the foundation of disease pathogenesis to show how discoveries in basic science are informing contemporary clinical medicine and how the synergy between the bench and the bedside are guiding the research that will yield improved diagnostics and therapeutics in the future. The elective will include lecture-seminar format with case-based discussions and direct patient contact in order to review current understanding of diseases with fundamental disturbances in cardio-circulatory and/or immunologic function. Students will interview patients with disease processes representative of the field, and guided by faculty preceptors will read state-of-the-art background materials, present to the seminar group the important findings of the patients they see, and propose research strategies to study unresolved issues in disease pathogenesis and management. This format is intended to stimulate curiosity, inquiry, and discussion by exposing the features of disease and treatment where there are major gaps that could drive research and offer opportunity for advancing the field.

Length of Rotation: 2 weeks (maximum-15 students/per rotation)
Scheduling Restriction(s): Immunology/Inflammation TBD; Circulation/Vascular Biology TBD
Student’s Class Level: 4th, 5th year*
*MD/PhD students must complete the research period prior to enrolling in Frontiers in Medicine Electives.
Prerequisite(s): N/A

Accept Visiting Students: No

Learning Objectives:

  1. History skills: By the end of the rotation, students will be expected to interview patients with disease processes representative of the field and gather the important information that is needed for the history.
  2. Knowledge/diagnostic and treatment skills (guided by faculty preceptors)- By the end of the rotation, students will be expected to: a. Read state-of-the-art background materials; b. Present to the seminar group the important findings of the patients they see; and c. Propose research strategies to study unresolved issues in disease pathogenesis and management.
  3. Attitude: By the end of the rotation, students will be expected to demonstrate professional responsibility in working as a team member with other members of the Immunology/Inflammation care team, patients and families:  a. The student should exhibit sensitivity to the particular psychosocial issues faced by patients and their families, and b. The student should exhibit honesty, accuracy and integrity in all interactions with patients, families, colleagues and others.
  4. Career/context: By the end of the rotation, students will be expected to know the training/career pathway for Circulation/Vascular Biology: a. Know key roles that this specialty plays in the health care system.