Medical Student Elective Course Descriptions

Autopsy Pathology - JHH

Course Type:Clinical Clerkship
Department/Division:Pathology
Course Director:Dr. Barbara Crain
Phone:410-502-5167

Faculty: Dr. Crain

Description: Students are trained to function as first year house-officers on the autopsy service. They become responsible for work-up and final sign-out of their cases and in other respects participate fully in the life of the department. There are informal case conferences at the autopsy table and at multiheaded microscopes, and each student presents a case at a department-wide conference. Brief supplementary exposures to surgical pathology and forensic pathology are offered to interested students. Those who take the elective for longer than one quarter can also opt to engage in a research project. The elective can be taken year round by 3rd and 4th year sutdents. Additionally, the course is made available to second year students in the fourth and summer quarters, along with similar electives at Bayview as a special lottery option.

Availability/Duration: all year except July and August. Minimum of 1 quarter; can be taken for longer periods. THIRD AND FOURTH YEAR STUDENTS ARE URGED TO MAKE EARLY INQUIRIES.

Prerequisite(s): Pathology Core Course or equivalent
Drop Period: 2 months

 


Blood Bank / Transfusion Medicine

Course Type:Tutorial or Clerkship
Department/Division:Pathology/Transfusion Medicine
Course Director:Dr. Karen King
Phone:410-955-6583

Faculty: Dr. Karen King and Staff

Description: This course provides an opportunity for medical students to experience the role of transfusion medicine in the care of adult and pediatric patients with a variety of conditions in one of the largest and most active blood banks in the country. Students will learn about different types of blood products and the indications for their use in various clinical settings. Alternatives to blood transfusion will also be discussed. Students will take an active role in consultations from the transfusion medicine and aphaeresis services. Interested students are encouraged to undertake small research projects. Particularly recommended for students interested in pathology, surgery, hematology, oncology, and intensive care medicine.

Availability/Duration: All year. Usually 1 month.

Prerequisite(s): Pathology A1 or equivalent
Drop Period: 1 month

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Clinical Chemistry

Course Type:Tutorial
Department/Division:Pathology/Clinical Chemistry
Course Director:Dr. Daniel Chan
Phone:410-955-2674

Faculty: Dr. Chan and staff

Description: This course will focus primarily on the analytical method, quality assurance and the clinical interpretation of biochemical and immunological tests performed in the Clinical Chemistry division. Laboratories include proteomics, automated chemistry, critical care, immunoassay for hormone and tumor markers, as well as toxicology, and drug monitoring. Students will meet with individual faculties of the division, attend lectures and seminars, rotate through the laboratories and be involved in a research project.

Availability/Duration: all year; to be arranged with instructor

Prerequisite(s): Third or fourth year medical student; Pathology A1 or equivalent
Drop Period: 1 month

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Clinical Cytopathology Seminars

Course Type:Tutorial
Department/Division:Cytopathology
Course Director:Dr. Syed Z. Ali
Phone:410-955-1180

Faculty: Dr. Syed Z. Ali, Dr. Yener S. Erozan, Dr. Dorothy L. Rosenthal, Dr. Peter Illei, Dr. Zahra Maleki, Dr. Matthew Olson, Dr. Christopher VandenBussche

Description: To acquaint the medical student with the value and limitations of the clinical application of cytopathology, to include diagnosis, therapy, follow-up and research.

Availability/Duration: Winter/2 evenings per week/5 weeks; contact director for dates

Prerequisite(s): Pathology A1 or equivalent
Drop Period: 1 month

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Diagnostic Cytopathology I

Course Type:Clinical Clerkship
Department/Division:Cytopathology
Course Director:Dr. Syed Z. Ali
Phone:410-955-1180

Faculty: Dr. Syed Z. Ali, Dr. Yener S. Erozan, Dr. Dorothy L. Rosenthal, Dr. Peter Illei, Dr. Zahra Maleki, Dr. Matthew Olson, Dr. Christopher VandenBussche

Description: An opportunity to become acquainted with the clinical significance in health and in disease of morphologic changes in cells and other elements of the cellular specimen. The materials utilized are specimens from the Johns Hopkins Hospital Diagnositc Service, arranged in effective teaching fashion. There will be an active correlation of the Clinical, Morphologic, and Histologic findings in the ward, Clinic, Surgical Pathology, Autopsy Pathology and Follow-up information.

Availability/Duration: One quarter or shorter; arrange with course director

Prerequisite(s): Pathology A1 or equivalent. Clinical Cytopathology Evening Seminars in July or August are strongly recommended but not required.
Drop Period: 1 month

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Diagnostic Cytopathology II

Course Type:Clinical Clerkship
Department/Division:Cytopathology
Course Director:Dr. Syed Z. Ali
Phone:410-955-1180

Faculty: Dr. Syed Z. Ali, Dr. Yener S. Erozan, Dr. Dorothy L. Rosenthal, Dr. Peter Illei, Dr. Zahra Maleki, Dr. Matthew Olson, Dr. Christopher VandenBussche

Description: An opportunity to take an active role in the diagnostic interpretation of clinical cytopathology specimens. The student works with fellows, interns, residents and faculty in evaluating and diagnosing clinical material from the patients of the Johns Hopkins Hospital and outside consultations. This experience is directly oriented to the patient and the problems of the clinical staff responsible for care.

Availability/Duration: full quarter or shorter duration with prior arrangements.

Prerequisite(s): Diagnostic Cytopathology I or equivalent. Cytopathology Evening Seminars in July and August are strongly recommended.
Drop Period: 1 month

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Fellowship Year in Pathology

Course Type:Other
Department/Division:Pathology
Course Director:Dr. Ralph Hruban
Phone:410-955-9790

Faculty: Dr. Ralph Hruban and staff

Description: A special one-year fellowship for medical students in good standing who have completed their second year in an accredited medical school. This fellowship is highly competitive and it is designed to give the student an in-depth learning experience in pathology. The fellowship is research-based, and the research can be either be anatomic or clinical pathology. The research is performed under the direction of a faculty mentor. In addition, the student is expected to participate in departmental conferences, meetings, and teaching activities. One year of credit toward board certification in pathology may be received for this fellowship.

Availability/Duration: Up to 2 fellowships per year. Contact Dr. Hruban or any faculty member for additional information; one year duration.

Prerequisite(s): Pathology A-1
Drop Period: N/A

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Forensic Pathology - Office of the Chief Medical Examiner

Course Type:Other
Department/Division:Pathology
Course Director:Dr. David Fowler
Phone:410-333-3250

Faculty: Staff

Description: Students will acquire first-hand knowledge of legal medicine and the investigation of sudden, unexpected, and violent deaths by actively participating in all regular functions of the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (near the University of Maryland Medical Center). Emphasis placed on medical-legal autopsy techniques and preparation of a medical-legal protocol. Students can participate in on-the-scene investigations and observe staff members giving testimony in court. Students attend rounds, lectures and seminars, and also have opportunities to participate in research projects conducted by staff members.

Availability/Duration: all year; half or full quarter

Prerequisite(s): Pathology A1
Drop Period: 1 month

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Gynecologic Pathology

Course Type:Tutorial
Department/Division:Gynecologic Pathology
Course Director:Dr. Robert J. Kurman
Phone: 410-955-0471

Faculty: Dr. Russell Vang and Faculty

Description: Students observe and participate in the gross and histological assessment of gynecologic pathology specimens under the supervision of residents, fellows, and attendings.

Availability/Duration: Negotiable - Also offered as a 4 week elective.

Prerequisite(s): Permission of Instructor
Drop Period: 1 month

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Immunology

Course Type:Immunology Clerkship
Department/Division:Pathology/Immunology
Course Director:Dr. Barbara Detrick
Phone:410-614-3286

Faculty: Dr. B. Detrick, Immunology Faculty and Staff

Description: This clerkship is designed to review and teach clinical and technical aspects of medical Laboratory Immunology. Students will rotate through the various Immunology Laboratory areas, including monoclonal protein evaluation, autoimmune testing and infectious disease serology. While on this rotation the student will be exposed to a variety of immunologic tests, instructed in the effective use and interpretation of these tests as well as have an opportunity to participate in evolving informatics for patient reporting. Translational research is an important component of the Immunology Laboratory. The Cytokine Laboratory, a research arm of this Service laboratory, provides the student a chance to learn about new and exciting areas in Cytokine Biology. Here, cytokines, chemokines and adhesion molecules are evaluated at both the protein and gene expression level in a variety of clinical conditions. Finally, students are encouraged to participate and present at monthly Immunology staff meetings. This clerkship is recommended for all students interested in clinical immunology.

Availability/Duration: all year, to be arranged with Course Director.

Prerequisite(s): Third and fourth year medical student; Pathology A1 or equivalent.
Drop Period: 1 month

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Medical Microbiology

Course Type:Clinical Clerkship
Department/Division:Microbiology
Course Director:Dr. Karen Carroll
Phone:410-955-5077

Faculty: Dr. Karen Carroll

Description: Laboratory diagnosis of infectious diseases and therapeutic monitoring of antimicrobial agents. Correlation of laboratory information with disease presentation in patient. The course will emphasize admission diagnosis, review of methods, development, diagnostic technologies, and antibiotic susceptibility testing, including special antibiotic studies. Students will be expected to spend some time participating in consultation rounding program of the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, in order to correlate medical microbiology with infectious disease.

Availability/Duration: all year; one quarter; Limit 2 students per quarter.

Drop Period: 1 month

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Medical Mycology

Course Type:Other
Department/Division:Pathology/Microbiology
Course Director:Dr. Karen Carroll
Phone:410-955-5077

Faculty: Dr. Karen Carroll

Description: This course is available as an elective part of the curriculum of the School of Medicine. It is also open to students of public health and to other graduate students. This course is given to provide an in-depth view of the mycotic infections of man. Each mycoses will be discussed and compared according to its specific microbiology, clinical presentations, immunology, epidemiology, and therapy. The laboratory section of the course will provide the student with samples of each fungus, specimen, and tissue sections to enable them to identify the important fungal pathogens. Newer diagnostic procedures to be demonstrated will include immunologic and biochemical tests.

Availability/Duration: Third quarter/One quarter; limited to 16 students

Prerequisite(s): See above description
Drop Period: 1 month

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Neuropathology

Course Type:Tutorial
Department/Division:Pathology/Neuropathology
Course Director:Dr. Juan Troncoso
Phone:410-955-5165

Faculty: Dr. Juan Troncoso, Dr. Barbara Crain and Dr. Charles Eberhart

Description: An opportunity to learn the fundamentals of diagnostic neuropathology. The student will examine brain and spinal cord specimens obtained at Hopkins and at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner and will also participate in the evaluation of surgical neuropathology specimens from the inpatient and outside consultation services. Self-study materials and individual tutoring sessions on special topics in neuropathology are available. Students are encouraged to identify small research projects in their areas of interest. This experience is recommended for students interested in pathology, neurology, and neurosurgery.

Availability/Duration: 1 month or longer

Prerequisite(s): Pathology A1 or equivalent
Drop Period: 1 month

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Ophthalmic Pathology

Course Type:Tutorial
Department/Division:Pathology (Eye)
Course Director:Dr. Charles Eberhart
Phone:410-502-5185

Faculty: Dr. Charles Eberhart

Description: Clinicopathologic correlation of ocular diseases, degenerative changes of the eye, and ocular manifestations of systemic diseases are stressed.

Availability/Duration: all year; negotiable

Prerequisite(s): none
Drop Period: 1 month

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Pathogenesis of Allergic and Infectious Diseases; The Inflammatory Process

Course Type:Tutorial
Department/Division:Pathology
Course Director: Dr. Arthur Dannenberg, Jr.
Phone:410-955-3062

Faculty: Dr. Dannenberg

Description: Students meet with the course director once a week for an hour to discuss aspects of the subject. Reading assignments are provided.

Availability/Duration: to be arranged with the course director

Prerequisite(s): none
Drop Period: open

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Principles of Bacterial Infections

Course Type:Other
Department/Division:Molecular Microbiology and Immunology
Course Director:Dr. Arthur Dannenberg, Jr.
Phone:410-955-3062

Faculty: Dr. Dannenberg and Staff

Description: Introduces major bacterial and rickettsial infections of man, emphasizing their transmission, pathogenesis, and control. Considers bacterial virulence and host resistance; dysentery, typhoid fever and cholera; syphilis and gonorrhea; Lyme disease; pneumococcal, staphylococcal, and streptococcal infections; typhus; Rocky Mountain spotted fever; plaque, anthrax, brucellosis, and tularemia; tuberculosis; leprosy; infections with anaerobic bacteria; mycoplasma infections; and Legionnaire's disease.

Availability/Duration: Qtr. 4; T-Th, 3:30 - 5:00; offered every third year (next offered in 2006-07) see School of Public Health catalog. Must have 8 students for credit for the course to be given. Jointly offered with the departments of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Environmental Health Sciences and Epidemiology.

Prerequisite(s): none
Drop Period: Date set by School of Hygiene

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Surgical Pathology at Bayview

Course Type:Clinical Clerkship
Department/Division:Pathology
Course Directors:Dr. Frederic Askin
Phone:410-955-8116

Faculty: Dr. Askin and Staff

Description: This course will offer an opportunity to see and experience at first hand the entire spectrum of diagnostic activities in surgical pathology. Students will function at the level of first-year residents in Pathology. They will perform gross dissections, dictate descriptions, review microscopic sections, and sign out surgical pathologic material under senior staff supervision. At the end of the rotation students present a seminar to the AP faculty and staff, based on an interesting case or topic encountered during their Bayview experience.

Availability/Duration: All year. Minimum 1 month.

Prerequisite(s): Pathology A1 or equivalent
Drop Period: 2 months

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Surgical Pathology - JHH

Course Type:Clinical Clerkship
Department/Division:Surgical Pathology
Course Directors:Dr. William Westra
Dr. Jonathan Epstein
Phone:410-955-2163

Faculty: Dr. William Westra, Dr. Jonathan Epstein and Staff

Description: Students will be trained in the techniques of general surgical pathology and will then be responsible for the gross description, gross dissection and microscopic examination of their assigned cases. Students will be supervised by faculty members and senior residents and will participate in all conference activities in the division. The elective exposes the students to a variety of modern techniques employed in the pathology diagnosis of medical and surgical diseases and increases their awareness and understanding of the role played by surgical pathology in patient management. There are opportunities for exposure to other diagnostic pathology services(e.g. cytopathology and neuropathology).

Availability/Duration: One month, or longer by arrangement. Contact Dr. William Westra, ext. 5-2163.

Prerequisite(s): second year pathology course
Drop Period: 2 months

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Tissue Injury, Inflammation and Repair

Course Type:Other
Department/Division:Dept. of Environmental Health Sciences/BSPHCourse Director:Dr. Arthur Dannenberg, Jr.
Phone: 410-955-3062

Faculty: Dr. Dannenberg and Staff

Description: It was next to be offered in 2004-05 in the Fourth Quarter but now is cancelled and replaced with "Special Studies in Research on Tissue Injury, Inflammation and Repair" (PH.188.840), which is a tutorial for 1 to 8 students at a time mutually convenient, preferrably in the fourth quarter. This tutorial covers the biochemical and pathophysiological mechanisms of acute and chronic inflammation, including immediate and delayed hypersensitivity and the response to physical, chemical, and microbial tissue damage, and discusses cell membrane function; capillary permeability; histamine, kinins, plasmin, complement, icosanoids; blood clotting; chemotaxis; and other inflammatory mediators produced by various blood cells.

Availability/Duration: none

Prerequisite(s):
Drop Period: 1 month

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