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MED400 Two-Week Medical Elective Course Page

Description: This represents a contract period of registration with variable start and end dates for undergraduate medical students who are undertaking clinical electives. The type of clinical elective is open to any area of specialization. Prerequisite: enrolment in an MD program and approval by the Electives Coordinator of the Faculty of Medicine.

MED401 Four-Week Medical Elective Course Page

Description: This represents a contract period of registration with variable start and end dates for undergraduate medical students who are undertaking clinical electives. The type of clinical elective is open to any area of specialization. Prerequisites: enrolment in an MD program and approval by the Electives Coordinator of the Faculty of Medicine.

MED402 Eight-Week Medical Elective Course Page

Description: This represents a contract period of registration with variable start and end dates for undergraduate medical students who are undertaking clinical electives. The type of clinical elective is open to any area of specialization. Prerequisites: enrolment in an MD program and approval by the Electives Coordinator of the Faculty of Medicine.

MED403 Twelve-Week Medical Elective Course Page

Description: This represents a contract period of registration with variable start and end dates for undergraduate medical students who are undertaking clinical electives. The type of clinical elective is open to any area of specialization. Prerequisites: enrolment in an MD program and approval by the Electives Coordinator of the Faculty of Medicine.

MED501 Clinical Pulmonary Physiology Course Page

Description: Basic and clinical lectures on: Lung Structure; Pulmonary Blood Flow; Airflow; Gaseous Diffusion; Ventilation/Perfusion Matching; Control of Ventilation; Oxygen Transport; Lung Defense; Mucociliary Transport; ARDS; Asthma; Exercise; Lung Growth; Surfactant; Lung Metabolism; Pulmonary Function Testing. Prerequisites: General courses in Physiology, Physics and Biochemistry or consent of Department.

MED516A Physicianship I Course Page

Description: This course will encompass all aspects of the development of a physician including but not limited to professionalism, evidence based medicine, ethics, health equity, patient safety, patient immersion experiences, early clinical experiences, communication skills and physical examination, public health, health systems. Open only to students registered in the MD Program.

MED516B Physicianship I Course Page

Description: This course will encompass all aspects of the development of a physician including but not limited to professionalism, evidence based medicine, ethics, health equity, patient safety, patient immersion experiences, early clinical experiences, communication skills and physical examination, public health, health systems. Open only to students registered in the MD Program.

MED517 First-Year Elective Course Page

Description: Electives time to be developed by the students in consultation with a Faculty supervisor. Open only to students registered in the MD program.

MED518A Optional Summer Elective Course Page

Description: An optional elective of variable length, to be developed by the student in consultation with a Faculty supervisor. Open only to students registered in the MD program.

MED518B Optional Summer Elective Course Page

Description: An optional elective of variable length, to be developed by the student in consultation with a Faculty supervisor. Open only to students registered in the MD program.

MED520 Pre-Clinical Exam Course Page

Description: Final pre-clinical exam for students registered in the MD program.

MED521 Gastroenterology and Nutrition Course Page

Description: An integrated course covering nutrition, gastrointestinal physiology, pathophysiology and anatomy. Related surgical, paediatric and geriatric topics will also be addressed. Open only to students registered in the MD program.

MED522 Reproductive Medicine and Urology Course Page

Description: An overview of reproductive medicine in both genders, including discussion of conception, pregnancy and fetal development, birth, reproductive technology and relevant health-related issues in men and women. Also covered will be the physiology, pathophysiology and anatomy of the urinary tract, and management of problems in the genitourinary system. Open only to students registered in the MD program.

MED523A Musculoskeletal System Course Page

Description: Anatomy, Physiology,Pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the disorders of the skin and the musculoskeletal system. Open only to students registered in the MD Program.

MED523B Musculoskeletal System Course Page

Description: Anatomy, Physiology,Pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the disorders of the skin and the musculoskeletal system. Open only to students registered in the MD Program.

MED524 Neurosciences and Organs of Special Senses Course Page

Description: Fundamental Clinical Neurosciences taught in an integrated fashion. Involves instruction in subject areas related to the head and neck, including Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology, Neuropathology, Neuropharmacology, Neuroradiology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, Rehabilitation Medicine, Otorhinoloaryngology and Ophthalmology. Open only to students registered in the MD program.

MED525 Oncology Course Page

Description: Principles and concepts of clinical oncology. Open only to students registered in the MD program.

MED526A Physicianship II Course Page

Description: This course will build upon the knowledge and skills derived from Physicianship I. This course will encompass all aspects of the development of a physician, including but not limited to professionalism, ethics, health equity, patient safety, patient immersion experiences, early clinical experiences, communication skills and physical examination, public health, health systems, and evidence based medicine. Open only to students registered in the MD Program.

MED526B Physicianship II Course Page

Description: This course will build upon the knowledge and skills derived from Physicianship I. This course will encompass all aspects of the development of a physician, including but not limited to professionalism, ethics, health equity, patient safety, patient immersion experiences, early clinical experiences, communication skills and physical examination, public health, health systems, and evidence based medicine. Open only to students registered in the MD Program.

MED527 Second Year Elective Course Page

Description: Elective time to be developed by the student in consultation with a Faculty supervisor. Open only to students registered in the MD program.

MED528A Optional Summer Elective Course Page

Description: An optional elective of variable length, to be developed by the student in consultation with a Faculty supervisor. Open only to students registered in the MD program.

MED528B Optional Summer Elective Course Page

Description: An optional elective of variable length, to be developed by the student in consultation with a Faculty supervisor. Open only to students registered in the MD program.

MED529 Psychiatry Course Page

Description: Psychiatry is the medical specialty devoted to the study, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders. Each mental health disorder will be explored in terms of definition, epidemiology, etiology, pathophysiology, signs, symptoms, investigations, treatment and prognosis.

MED531 Physicianship III /Transitions Course Page

Description: This course serves as a bridge of learning opportunities of the first two years to the last two years of medical school. It will include: performance of clinical skills within a simulated clinical environment, approach to radiological problems, quality improvement, and social media in medicine, clinical reasoning, and awareness of well-being. This course will build upon the knowledge derived from the Physicianship I and II courses to demonstrate commitment, honesty, integrity, professionalism and compassion in their clinical work. It will be delivered throughout the third year. Open only to students registered in the MD Program.

MED536 Inflammation Course Page

Description: This course will introduce the student to inflammation and its role in a range of diseases. An overview is provided on acute and chronic inflammation, inflammatory cells (neutrophils, eosinophils, macrophages, mast cells, and structural cells), inflammatory mediators, asthma and allergy, and the danger hypothesis in association with the inflammasome. The syllabus includes a mix of lectures and current topic discussions for students to present recent advances in inflammation. Lectures are the same as for MMI 436, but there will be an additional assignment for MED 536. May not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained in MMI 436. Co/Prerequisites: IMIN 371 or Instructor consent.

MED538 Optional Elective Course Course Page

Description: An optional year three elective of variable length, to be developed by the student in consultation with a Faculty supervisor. Open only to students registered in the MD Program.

MED538A Optional Elective Course Course Page

Description: An optional year three elective of variable length, to be developed by the student in consultation with a Faculty supervisor. Open only to students registered in the MD Program.

MED538B Optional Elective Course Course Page

Description: An optional year three elective of variable length, to be developed by the student in consultation with a Faculty supervisor. Open only to students registered in the MD Program.

MED540 Exams Course Page

Description: Final exams for students registered in the MD program.

MED541 Physicianship IV /Transitions Course Page

Description: This course will build upon the knowledge derived from the Physicianship I, II and III courses and will occur throughout the 4th year. Open only to students registered in the MD Program.

MED543A Integrated Community Clerkship Course Page

Description: A patient-centred, community clerkship based in select rural and regional Alberta communities. This course uses Family Medicine as the core of the clerkship experience to provide students with experience in continuity of care, in handling undifferentiated problems, in coordinating care for those with chronic disease, and in other key areas of family medicine and generalist specialties. 32 to 36 weeks will be spent in the rural community. The remainder of the second term will be a mix of electives and selectives.

MED543B Integrated Community Clerkship Course Page

Description: A patient-centred, community clerkship based in select rural and regional Alberta communities. This course uses Family Medicine as the core of the clerkship experience to provide students with experience in continuity of care, in handling undifferentiated problems, in coordinating care for those with chronic disease, and in other key areas of family medicine and generalist specialties. 32 to 36 weeks will be spent in the rural community. The remainder of the second term will be a mix of electives and selectives.

MED546 Medicine Student Internship Course Page

Description: Student internship in Medicine for students registered in the MD Program.

MED547 Clinical Electives Course Page

Description: Student internship in electives for students registered in the MD program.

MED548 Optional Elective Course Course Page

Description: An optional year four elective of variable length, to be developed by the student in consultation with a Faculty supervisor. Open only to students registered in the MD Program.

MED548A Optional Elective Course Course Page

Description: An optional year four elective of variable length, to be developed by the student in consultation with a Faculty supervisor. Open only to students registered in the MD Program.

MED548B Optional Elective Course Course Page

Description: An optional year four elective of variable length, to be developed by the student in consultation with a Faculty supervisor. Open only to students registered in the MD Program.

MED555 Geriatrics Student Internship Course Page

Description: Student internship in Geriatrics for students registered in the MD Program.

MED556 Medicine Student Internship Course Page

Description: Student internship in medicine for students registered in the MD Program.

MED557 Clinical Electives Course Page

Description: Electives for students registered in the MD Program.

MED558 Emergency Medicine Students Internship Course Page

Description: Student internship in emergency medicine for students registered in the MD Program.

MED566 Special Seminars Course Page

Description: Prerequisite: Consent of the course instructor. Content varies from year to year. Topics are announced prior to each registration period. The student's transcript will carry a title descriptive of the content. May be repeated. Students may not take MED 566 for credit if credit has already been received for SPH 566 of the same topic.

MED571 Directed Reading in the Basic Medical Sciences Course Page

Description: Reading and study of basic medical science topics relevant to the student's chosen field of study under the direction of one or more faculty members. Prerequisite: consent of Department.

MED573 Directed Reading in Clinical Medicine Course Page

Description: Reading and study in a field relevant to the student's chosen field of study under the direction of one or more Faculty members. Prerequisite: consent of Department.

MED575A Nutrition and Metabolism Course Page

Description: A seminar and discussion course in advanced nutrition and metabolism that examines current topics in nutrition and features regular seminars on alternate weeks throughout Fall and Winter Terms. A discussion group meets after each seminar. Preference will be given to graduate and postgraduate students in the area of nutrition and metabolism. Maximum enrolment of 15. Prerequisite: consent of Department.

MED575B Nutrition and Metabolism Course Page

Description: A seminar and discussion course in advanced nutrition and metabolism that examines current topics in nutrition and features regular seminars on alternate weeks throughout Fall and Winter Terms. A discussion group meets after each seminar. Preference will be given to graduate and postgraduate students in the area of nutrition and metabolism. Maximum enrolment of 15. Prerequisite: consent of Department.

MED580 Molecular and Physiological Basis of Heart Disease Course Page

Description: The fundamental aim of this course is to take a translational aspect to heart disease by exploring the basis of heart structure and function and to understand the molecular and cellular basis for the pathophysiological perturbations in disease states. Students will be exposed to the quantitative and qualitative changes that occur in human heart disease and current potential therapeutic targets. The use of genetically modified animal models of human heart disease will be highlighted. Prerequisite: consent of Department and Undergraduate Exposure to Cardiovascular Physiology.

MED600 Introduction to Clinical Trials Course Page

Description: This is a "hands on" course designed to provide students with an understanding and appreciation of the theoretical and practical issues in the conduct of randomized clinical trials. During the course, students will develop their own research proposal and at the end, submit a CIHR-style grant for grading. Topics covered include background/rationale, research question, patient selection, recruitment, randomization, outcome measures, confounding and bias, sample size considerations, developing an analytical plan, designing case report forms, data management and quality assurance, budgeting, informed consent and ethical considerations, and grantsmanship. For more information, see www.epicore.ualberta.ca/MED600. Prerequisites: Introductory epidemiology (PHS 596 or equivalent), Biostatistics I (PHS 598 or equivalent) and permission of the instructor. Because of high demand for this course and the necessity of small class sizes, students are required to complete a form for registration in this course.

MED602 Principles of Translational Medicine - Chronic Disease Course Page

Description: The fundamental aim of this course is to explore the translational aspects of important chronic diseases and emerging pharmacological and non-pharmacological approaches for treatment. This course is designed to align graduate students with the current trends in modern medical training and be effective "translators of discovery and knowledge". Prerequisite: consent of Department.

MED604 Principles of Translational Medicine - Vascular Medicine Course Page

Description: The course aim is to explore the translational aspects of vascular medicine. How is new knowledge on the function of the vasculature in health and disease be effectively and efficiently translated to patients, improving their well-being? The vasculature system is implicated in many diseases including cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, cerebrovascular disease including vascular dementia, pulmonary disease or several diseases of the blood. A diverse syllabus will cover many common and deadly diseases. A particular emphasis will cover recent fundamental discoveries on the molecular function of the vasculature, along with modern trends in the diagnosis and treatment of vascular disease. This course will support graduate students to be effective "translators of discovery and knowledge". Prerequisite: Mandatory for graduate students enrolled in MSc in Medicine - Translational Medicine; consent of Department.

MED606 Principles of Translational Medicine - Inflammatory Infectious Disease Course Page

Description: This course will examine the preclinical and clinical aspects of selected chronic inflammatory and acute infectious diseases with respect to defining the clinical problem, research challenges, and future directions. Diseases to be discussed will include allergy/asthma, various infectious diseases, and inflammatory bowel disease. The syllabus includes a mix of lectures and current topic discussions for students to present recent advances in these areas. This course is designed to align graduate students with the current trends in modern medical training and be effective "translators of discovery and knowledge". Prerequisite: consent of Department.

MED608 Principles of Translational Medicine - Metabolism Course Page

Description: The fundamental aim for this course is to explore the role of human nutrition in chronic disease. Common chronic conditions influenced by metabolic pathways such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer and dyslipidemia will be examined. This course is designed to align graduate students with the current trends in modern medical training and be effective "translators of discovery and knowledge". Prerequisite: consent of Department.

MED621 The Art of Grant Writing Course Page

Description: The purpose of this course is to train graduate students in preparing grant applications in order to improve their chances of future success in obtaining research funds from a major Canadian federal funding agency such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The course is targeted primarily towards students who have completed at least one year of graduate work. Preference will be given to those planning to pursue a PhD. Throughout the course, students will be instructed on how to prepare a complete grant application package on a topic that is different from their graduate project. The proposal will be prepared in stages and completed two weeks prior to the end of the semester. Students will then prepare and give presentations for a mock site visit by the funding agency. Students will also participate in a mock peer review committee and make final funding decisions. Enrolment is limited, and registration is by permission of the Department. May not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained in NEURO 621.

MED650A Fundamentals for Clinical Investigators Course Page

Description: A biweekly lecture course covering the important aspects of becoming a clinical investigator. Each session will include a lecture followed by a full class discussion and take home assignments related to the lecture. The topics include: clinical trial design, bioethics, biostatistics, literature appraisal, grant writing, manuscript writing, slide presentation for oral presentations, teaching enhancement, time management, ethics of industry liaisons, linking basic bench research to the bedside, technology transfer, career opportunities. Prerequisite: consent of Department.

MED650B Fundamentals for Clinical Investigators Course Page

Description: A biweekly lecture course covering the important aspects of becoming a clinical investigator. Each session will include a lecture followed by a full class discussion and take home assignments related to the lecture. The topics include: clinical trial design, bioethics, biostatistics, literature appraisal, grant writing, manuscript writing, slide presentation for oral presentations, teaching enhancement, time management, ethics of industry liaisons, linking basic bench research to the bedside, technology transfer, career opportunities. Prerequisite: consent of Department.

MED671A Current Topics in Biomedical Research Course Page

Description: A general seminar course covering recent advances across the field of biomedical research. Research topics will feature the areas of research being investigated by the graduate students and staff of the department. Other topics will provide for the acquisition of basic skills and knowledge in biomedical research and will include experimental design, critical review of the literature, communication skills, ethics of experimentation, and career development. Note: Restricted to graduate students in the Department of Medicine.

MED671B Current Topics in Biomedical Research Course Page

Description: A general seminar course covering recent advances across the field of biomedical research. Research topics will feature the areas of research being investigated by the graduate students and staff of the department. Other topics will provide for the acquisition of basic skills and knowledge in biomedical research and will include experimental design, critical review of the literature, communication skills, ethics of experimentation, and career development. Note: Restricted to graduate students in the Department of Medicine.

MED700A Fundamentals for Translational Cardiovascular Clinical Investigators (#1) Course Page

Description: [Strategic Training Fellow in Cardiovascular Research Tomorrow's Research Cardiovascular Health Professionals (TORCH)]. Is a lecture/seminar course designed to provide a comprehensive "hands on" exposure to a variety of research fields including Bio-medical, Clinical, Health Services, Social, Cultural, environmental and Population Health. This multidisciplinary approach will use seminars, debates, case studies, journal clubs and workshops to develop the skills and knowledge base required to implement collaborative cardiovascular research projects. Seminar topics to include: biostatistics and health economics, congestive heart failure, obesity, new technologies, vascular biology, women's issues in vascular medicine, endothelial dysfunction, and electrophysiology. Prerequisite: Restricted to students who have received consent from TORCH Executive Advisory Committee and the course coordinator.

MED700B Fundamentals for Translational Cardiovascular Clinical Investigators (#1) Course Page

Description: [Strategic Training Fellow in Cardiovascular Research Tomorrow's Research Cardiovascular Health Professionals (TORCH)]. Is a lecture/seminar course designed to provide a comprehensive "hands on" exposure to a variety of research fields including Bio-medical, Clinical, Health Services, Social, Cultural, Environmental and Population Health. This multidisciplinary approach will use seminars, debates, case studies, journal clubs and workshops to develop the skills and knowledge base required to implement collaborative cardiovascular research projects. Seminar topics to include: biostatistics and health economics, congestive heart failure, obesity, new technologies, vascular biology, women's issues in vascular medicine, endothelial dysfunction, and electrophysiology. Prerequisite: Restricted to students who have received consent from TORCH Executive Advisory Committee and the course coordinator.

MED701A Fundamentals for Translational Cardiovascular Clinical Investigations (#2) Course Page

Description: [Strategic Training Fellow in Cardiovascular Research Tomorrow's Research Cardiovascular Health Professionals(TORCH)]. Is a lecture/seminar course designed to provide a comprehensive "hands on" exposure to a variety of research fields including Bio-medical, Clinical, Health Services, Social, Cultural, environmental and Population Health. This multidisciplinary approach will use seminars, debates, case studies, journal clubs and workshops to develop the skills and knowledge base required to implement collaborative cardiovascular research projects. Seminar topics to include: stroke, hypertension, congenital heart disease, atherosclerosis, gene therapy, databases, aging, stents, MRI principles and the metabolic syndrome. Prerequisite: MED 700.

MED701B Fundamentals for Translational Cardiovascular Clinical Investigations (#2) Course Page

Description: [Strategic Training Fellow in Cardiovascular Research Tomorrow's Research Cardiovascular Health Professionals (TORCH)]. Is a lecture/seminar course designed to provide a comprehensive "hands on" exposure to a variety of research fields including Bio-medical, Clinical, Health Services, Social, Cultural, Environmental and Population Health. This multidisciplinary approach will use seminars, debates, case studies, journal clubs and workshops to develop the skills and knowledge base required to implement collaborative cardiovascular research projects. Seminar topics to include: stroke, hypertension, congenital heart disease, atherosclerosis, gene therapy, databases, aging, stents, MRI principles and the metabolic syndrome. Prerequisite: MED 700.