UWSOM Foundations Curriculum

Seattle Non-Clinical Elective Courses

Below are the Non-Clinical Electives offered by quarter. Please note that, while students can see the current quarter’s Non-Clinical Electives, there may be updates up until the start of the quarter.

Students must not sign up for Non-Clinical Electives, preceptorships, or shadowing experiences which routinely conflict with classes or required activities (e.g., PCP, hospital tutorials and FCM workshops, required Foundations coursework). Please contact the appropriate Non-Clinical Elective course administrator or faculty for permission to accommodate absence from the elective; students should only reach out if their schedule allows them to attend most of the class times.

As a reminder, these courses are not available for first and second year regional students. Please refer to the WWAMI Non-Clinical Electives Courses page for site-specific courses. For questions, please email the SOM Non-Clinical Electives team.

Academic Year 2019 - 2020

Winter 2020

Students can find the specific meeting days, times, and room location here. (last updated 3/10/2020)

WINTER 2020 Non-Clinical Elective Course Descriptions – Seattle Students

 

CONJ 515 A Introduction to Team Based Care (1) Keys, Toby, MPH

Provides opportunities for students in health professional programs to learn about inter-professional education, practice transformation, behavioral health integration, social determinants of health, cultural humility, and current emerging healthcare topics that concern rural and urban underserved communities. Addresses demographics, economics, community structure, culture, and professional/personal issues. Add code required. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: W.

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CONJ 550 A Clinical Infectious Disease (3) Pottinger, Paul, MD; Cohen, Seth, MD
Lecture series by faculty members from various departments, authorities in the field of clinically important infectious diseases. Lectures, reading assignments, and handouts emphasize epidemiology, clinical manifestations, laboratory findings, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention. Oriented for second-year medical students. Credit/no-credit only.

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CONJ 570 A Clinical Management of the Transgender Patient (1) Dalley, Bobbi, MD

Covers the steps and protocols providers need to know to provide culturally proficient care for trans-identified patients. Prior completion of FAMED 561 highly recommended. Prerequisite: current graduate health science student and permission of course coordinator. Credit/no-credit only.

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FAMED 526 A Determinants, Disparities, and Equity (1) Shimkin, Genya, MPH
Determinants, disparities, and approaches to health equity for medically underserved urban communities. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: W.

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MED 503 A Cardiac Ultrasound (1) Sheehan, Florence, MD

Instructions will be given in how to 1) acquire cardiac ultrasound images at three acoustic windows, 2) identify cardiac anatomy in standard views, and 3) recognize key pathologies: left and right ventricular dysfunction and dilatation and pericardial effusion. Following a course introduction, students will work self-paced, alone or in pairs, on a mannequin-based simulator. Prerequisite: MED C standing or Undergraduate pre-medicine students with senior standing. Credit/no-credit only. Offered: AWSpS.

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MED 549 A Clinical Medical Genetics (1) Valdmanis, Paul, PhD

Review of current clinical advances in medical genetics. Includes lectures and discussion of cases from medical genetics clinic. Prerequisite: genetics or human genetics and permission of instructor.

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MED 555 A Mind, Body, and Pen: Writing and the Art of Becoming a Physician (1) Transue, Emily, MD

Provides forum for medical students to write about issues in medicine and medical education. Focuses on writing as a process for giving voice to the conflicting demands and dilemmas of becoming a physician. Explores personal narratives, dreams and disappointments, chronic illness and death, empathy and revulsion, authenticity and power. Offered: W.

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UCONJ 530 A Issues in Indian Health, Past and Present (1) Deen, Jason, MD

Surveys historical and contemporary issues in Indian health. Covers Indian contributions to health, traditional Indian medicine, current disease epidemiology, development of federal Indian health policy, the Indian Health Service, tribal health programs, and consequences of major legislation on Indian health. Prerequisite: current health science student or permission of instructor.

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UCONJ 531 A Mind Body Medicine Interprofessional Experiential Elective (2) Erlanger, Lisa, MD; Dawson, Karan, PhD; Adams, Chris, MD; DeBell, Megan, MD; Hamrick, Marcie, MD; Bruener, Cora, MD

Sessions contain a didactic component followed by an experiential component and cover a variety of self-care techniques including meditation, exercise, and nutrition. Goals are to promote personal well being, a healthy lifestyle, reduce burnout, and reduce academic difficulties. Credit/no-credit only.

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UCONJ 550 A Health Care in Underserved Communities (1) James, Jocelyn, MD

Gives graduate/professional students in health sciences an introduction to health related issues faced by underserved populations. Credit/no-credit only.

Spring 2020

Students can find the specific meeting days, times, and room location here. (last updated 3/10/2020)

FAMED 534 A | Primary Care Clinical Skills and Procedures Workshop (1) | TBA

Explore and hone common diagnostic and therapeutic clinical skills/procedures. Workshops delivered by a local Family Medicine residency program. Hands-on learning in small groups. Examples: EKG, suturing, casting/splinting, OB ultrasound, osteopathic manipulation, musculoskeletal, IUD and miscarriage management.

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FAMED 550 A | Critical Race Theory and Medicine (1) | Edwin G Lindo
Understanding race and racism, their applicability to medicine, and their effects on marginalized communities. Explores the necessities of critiquing and bettering medicine through a Critical Race Theory lens in order to eliminate bias and decrease health disparities within marginalized communities.

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FAMED 556 A | Spanish for Health Professionals (1) | White, Lorena; Jimenez, Nathalia

Instruction in interviewing/history taking Spanish-speaking patient. Prerequisite: Spanish fluency at intermediate level; current graduate health science student; permission of course coordinator. Credit/no-credit only.

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G H 514 B | Global Societal Determinants of Health (2) | Bezruchka, Stephen

Examines societal determinants of heath of nations around the globe. We look at the Americas, Africa, countries of the former Soviet Union, India/China and Western Europe. Asks why there is an increasing inequity in health outcomes today? Topics include early life, population health biology, medical care, mental health, and the environment.

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G H 517 A | International Bioethics, Social Justice and Health Seminar (1) | Rivin, Beth

Explores case studies of ethical dilemmas in research and medical practice and violations of international human rights norms in the design, implementation, and evaluation of health programs and policies. Bioethics and human rights law are the foundational tools for critically evaluating global health impact. Credit/no-credit only.

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G H 561 C | Tropical Medicine (1) | Buckner, Cohen

Intended for professional health science students interested in learning the pathophysiology, epidemiology, and clinical presentation of disease conditions that are more commonly seen in less-developed countries, resource-limited settings, or tropical climates, and how to diagnose, treat, and follow the resolution of these diseases with commonly limited resources. Credit/no-credit only.

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G H 573 C | Clinical Management of HIV (2) | Kim, H.

Provides in-depth case-based training on the diagnosis and clinical management of HIV and associated conditions. Includes interactive format with speakers who have experience in both resource-rich and resource-limited settings.

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G H 590 B | Special Topics: Understanding the COVID-19 Pandemic (1) | Beste, Jason
This 1-credit course will provide a general overview to the COVID-19 pandemic. The lectures series will consist of 6 sessions with each session comprised of a 30-minute lecture followed by a 20-minute Q&A session. The 6 lecture sessions will encompass the following topics: 1) Coronavirus emergence and trajectory; 2) Pandemic Preparedness and Response measures; 3) Diagnostics and Testing; 4) Treatment and Vaccine Development; 5) Personal and Institutional Prevention; and 6) Social and Economic impacts. These sessions will be facilitated by faculty members at the University of Washington who are coronavirus and pandemic preparedness experts.

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MED 549 A | Clinical Medical Genetics (1) | Blue, Elizabeth; Valdmanis, Paul

Review of current clinical advances in medical genetics. Includes lectures and discussion of cases from medical genetics clinic. Prerequisite: genetics or human genetics and permission of instructor.

 

Academic Year 2020 - 2021

Autumn 2020

FAMED 516 A Team-Based Care in Rural/Underserved Settings (1) Toby Keys and Stacey Morrison

An interdisciplinary, non-clinical elective for all health profession students. Fulfills part of the didactic requirements for the AHEC Scholars Program.

FAMED 561 A LGBTQ Health and Health Disparities (1) Kevin Wang

Covers the history and health status of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQ) community in the United States; effective strategies and skills for working with the LGBTQ community; designed to help the learner understand and respond better to healthcare needs of the LGBTQ community. Prerequisite: permission of course coordinator.

G H 501 A Global Health Core Topics (1) Patricia Pavlinac and Christine McGrath

Examines a variety of foundational global health topics including maternal, adolescent, and child health; nutrition; infectious diseases; environmental health; non-communicable diseases; and mental health. Within each topic area, we will define the problems, complexities, and context, and establish the need for multidisciplinary approaches.

G H 554 A Bioengineering Solutions to Improve the Health of Women, Adolescents and Children (1-2) Alexis Kaushansky and Natasha Burgeois

Seminar series that engages students in interdisciplinary discussions about current challenges to the health of women, children and adolescents, and how novel bioengineering approaches may be developed to address these challenges. Students are encouraged to actively participate in discussions to foster creative problem solving and collaboration between students and researchers from clinical, epidemiology, and bioengineering departments.

G H 562 A AIDS: A Multidisciplinary Approach (2) Carey Farquhar and David Katz

Comprehensive overview of the public health, clinical, and laboratory aspects of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and disease. Topics include the pathogenesis, natural history, and management of HIV infections; the impact of HIV/AIDS on community and global healthcare; and prospects for prevention and control.

MED 503 A Cardiac Ultrasound (1) Florence Sheehan

Instruction will be given in how to 1) acquire cardiac ultrasound images at three acoustic windows, 2) identify cardiac anatomy in standard views, and 3) recognize key pathologies: left and right ventricular dysfunction and dilatation and pericardial effusion. Following a course introduction, students will work self-paced, alone or in pairs, on a mannequin-based simulator.

MED 530 A AIDS: A Multidisciplinary Approach (2) Carey Farquhar

Comprehensive overview of the public health, clinical, and laboratory aspects of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and disease. Topics include the pathogenesis, natural history, and management of HIV infections; the impact of HIV/AIDS on community and global healthcare; and prospects for prevention and control.

MED 549 A Clinical Medical Genetics (1) Paul Valdmanis

Review of current clinical advances in medical genetics. Includes lectures and discussion of cases from medical genetics clinic.

MED 556 A Visual Thinking and Medical Diagnosis (1) Andrea Kalus

Uses visual thinking strategies to look at art and enhance diagnostic acumen. Expands observational and critical thinking skills and encourages open-ended discussion. Skills applied in assessing patients.

MED 557 A Hispanic Health and Healthcare Disparities (1) Rudolph Rodriguez

Covers Hispanic culture and language, history of Hispanics in the United States, Hispanic health status issues, and effective strategies for working across cultures and linguistic barriers. Designed to help the learner understand and respond better to the healthcare needs of the Hispanic community.

MED 569 A Addiction Medicine (1) Jared Klein

Themes relevant to treatment of substance-using patients. Designed to build curiosity and increase familiarity with individual and societal factors that impact such patients, including various forms of bias and discrimination. Students develop and practice skills in order to become competent future providers for drug-using patients.

OB GYN 551 A Perinatal Care Elective (1) Deborah Blue

Provide an introduction and overview of perinatal care for first- or second-year medical students with emphasis on late third trimester, labor and delivery, and postpartum. Opportunity to observe the patient-provider relationship. Optional labor and delivery observation.

UCONJ 531 A-D Intro to Mind Body Medicine: Experiential Interprofessional Elective (2) Lisa Erlanger

Sessions contain a didactic component followed by an experiential component and cover a variety of self-care techniques including meditation, exercise, and nutrition. Goals are to promote personal wellbeing, a healthy lifestyle, reduce burnout, and reduce academic difficulties.

UCONJ 565 A The Healer’s Art: Awakening the Heart of Medicine (1) Dana Dieringer

Encourages cultivation of humanism in medicine while strengthening a personal commitment to service as our life’s work. Facilitates student recognition of common issues related to resiliency, self-care, working with clinical teams, and supporting peers; also, caring for patients in a healing community of discovery with recognition and appreciation of uncertainty, awe, grief, and loss in the practice of medicine.

UCONJ 646 A Introduction to Advocacy for the Health Professions (1) Genevieve Pagalilauan

Learn from advocacy and topic specific experts about fundamental elements of health advocacy. Develop hands-on skills for moving beyond witnessing health disparities to upstream action rooted in community-centered advocacy.