Preclinical Electives

This listing is updated as of January 2018, but elective course offerings may vary year to year based on faculty availability, student interests, and other factors. Elective courses earn one unit of credit unless noted otherwise. Grading is on a pass/fail basis unless otherwise noted. 
Please contact the course coordinator(s) for more information and registration procedure. Any questions in regards to the preclinical electives program, please contact Clipper Young, PharmD at clipper.young@tu.edu.
 

Advanced Anatomy 1 (Fall)          BSCC 659

Advanced Anatomy 2 (Spring)     BSCC 660      Available Spring 2018          

Course Co-Coordinators

     Bruce Silverman, BS (bruce.silverman@tu.edu)

     David Eliot, PhD (david.eliot@tu.edu)

Course Description:

The objective of these courses is to formalize student prosection into a directed learning experience that benefits both the enrolled students (in terms of focused study of human anatomy and potential development of research projects) and the students taking Human Anatomy as part of the curriculum of any of our colleges. The elective is open to second-year osteopathic medical students and to students who have taken the anatomy course that is offered as part of the physician assistant program. Participants will perform directed prosections in pursuit of their own learning projects and for extended study by first-year students in these programs. Enrollment in Advanced Anatomy I is not a prerequisite for enrollment in Advanced Anatomy 2 and the topic areas are distinct.

Note: Advanced Anatomy 1 is open to OMS II students only; Advanced Anatomy 2 is open to OMS I and II students only.

 

Anatomical Application in Yoga (Spring)     OMMC 651     Available Spring 2018

 

 

Course Co-Coordinators

   Joel Talsma, MS (joel.talsma@tu.edu)

   Stacey Pierce-Talsma, DO, MS (stacey.piercetalsma@tu.edu)

Course Description

Anatomical application through yoga is a cadaver lab and yoga experiential course aimed to expose students to functional anatomy concepts as they are applied in a yoga practice.  Students will have the opportunity to practice yoga focused on various body regions that are concurrently explored in the cadaver lab.  Students will also learn the research & benefits of a yoga practice- both for their own well being and the well-being of their future patients.

Note: Open to all students

 

Art of Observation (Spring)     BSCC 665     Available Spring 2018

Course Coordinator:

     Tamira Elul, PhD (tamira.elul@tu.edu)

Course Description

This elective involves focused observation of people in fine art paintings and discussions of your observations.  The objectives are to enhance medical students’ visual diagnostic, and critical thinking skills based on observation, as well as their emotional engagement, and interpretive abilities regarding their patients.  The Art of Observation elective comprises seven sessions, each 1-1.5 hours.  Four of the sessions will be held on campus and three off-campus at local museums.

Note: Open to medical students only

 

Children's Oral Health for Primary Care Providers (Fall & Spring) 

OPCC 664     Available Spring 2018

Course Coordinator:

     Gail Feinberg, DO, MEd (gail.feinberg@tu.edu)

Course Description

This interdisciplinary course is intended to prepare primary care providers in medicine, nursing and physician assistants for oral health care in infants in children, and to promote and enhance the collaborative and interprofessional effort by healthcare providers in delivering effective preventive and/or primary oral health care for children.  Clinical experience and case simulation sessions will be conducted in an integrated learning environment.

Note: Open to all students 

 

Diabetes and Translational Science A: From Bench to Bedside (Fall)     OPCC 667A 

Diabetes and Translational Science B: From Bedside to Community (Spring)     OPCC 667B     Available Spring 2018

Diabetes and Translational Science

Course Co-Coordinators

     Joy Dugan, PA-C, MPH (joy.dugan@tu.edu)

     Kim Pfotenhauer, DO (kim.pfotenhauer@tu.edu)

     Jay Shubrook, DO (jay.shubrook@tu.edu)

     Clipper Young, PharmD, MPH (clipper.young@tu.edu)

Course Description

Course A. This hydride -- online and live sessions -- elective course is the first in a two-part series. The course utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to explore the causes of diabetes mellitus to include underlying genetics and pathophysiology and clinically relevant topics. The structure of this course consists of a series of online lectures that highlight faculty members who do extensive work in the field of diabetes across the Touro University California’s academic system. As the first course in this series, students will explore the biological and pharmaceutical sciences pertaining to diabetes. Landmark clinical trials will be discussed to understand guidelines for diabetes diagnosis and management.

Course B. This hydride -- online and live sessions -- elective course is the second in a two-part diabetes didactic course series. This course utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to explore clinical and social sciences pertaining to diabetes, understanding the theme “from bedside to community.” The structure of this course consists of a series of modules created by faculty members who do extensive work in the field of diabetes across Touro University California academic system.

Note: Open to all students

 

Global Health: Fundamentals of Global Health (Fall)     BSCC 668

Global Health Elective

Course Co-Coordinators

     Eiman Mahmoud, MD, MPH (eiman.mahmoud@tu.edu)

     Athena Lin, PhD (athena.lin@tu.edu)

     H. Eduardo Velasco, MD, PhD, MSc (H.Eduardo.Velasco@tu.edu)

Course Description

The primary goal of the course is to transfer information into knowledge that will prepare the student to work with underserved communities locally and globally. The course will present an overview of issues in global health from the viewpoint of many different disciplines. The course will introduce students to the principles and practice of global health. Using six leading global health topics as examples, students will be introduced to basic concepts of global health, with a focus on closing the gap between global health science and practice at home and abroad.
Note: Open to medical students only
 

Global Health: Health and Disease in the Developing World (Spring)     BSCC 669

Global Health Elective

Course Co-Coordinators

     Eiman Mahmoud, MD, MPH (eiman.mahmoud@tu.edu)

     Athena Lin, PhD (athena.lin@tu.edu)

Course Description

Unit 1 provides an opportunity for an examination of basic issues of health in developing countries with country and specific diseases given as examples for each issue. Unit 2 familiarizes students with current strategies for implementation and delivery of intervention programs and provides an opportunity for students to critically analyze the intervention and public health programs in developing countries. Unit 3 introduces the student to the role of social, cultural, environmental and developmental factors in shaping various aspects of health in developing countries. Unit 4 introduces the student to challenges of policies and strategies in public health – a comparative study. This course, offered in the spring semester, is a prerequisite to Global Health: Summer Internship.

 

Global Health: Summer Internship (Summer)     BSCC 670     3.0 units

Course Coordinator

     Eiman Mahmoud, MD, MPH (eiman.mahmoud@tu.edu)

     Site coordinator (varies per site)

Course Description

The mission of the Global Health Summer Internship is to serve, to learn, and to teach. The summer program has been set up to provide the TUCOM students interested in Global Health and Tropical Medicine an opportunity to learn about various endemic diseases around the globe, improve on their clinical skills in the diagnosis and management of these diseases and begin to understand the challenges that confront medical practitioners specifically in developing countries. The internship also offers avenues for research and service learning projects particularly in the area of public health. Available sites currently include Mexico, Bolivia, Tanzania and Ethiopia, for clinical, 20 research and service projects and Taiwan and Israel for clinical training only. The summer internship is not designed to be an elective rotation for credit for TUCOM students, although the sites are available for elective rotations.

 

Healthcare Policy (TBD)     BSCC 664

Healthcare

Course Co-Coordinator:

     Peter Bretan MD

Course Description:

This interprofessional elective includes a series of didactic sessions, debates and speaker presentations focused on the topic of healthcare policy.  Speakers are physicians and politicians involved with healthcare policy from our community, government, and professional organizations including the California Medical Association (CMA), American Medical Association (AMA), Marin and Solano County Medical Societies and the Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons of California (OPSC).

 

Helping Babies BreatheNewborn Stabilization in the Developing World (Spring)    

OPCC 660     Available Spring 2018

Babies 

Course Co-Coordinators

     Eiman Mahmoud, MD, MPH (eiman.mahmoud@tu.edu)

     Alissa Farrell, DO (alissa.farrell@tu.edu)

Course Description

HBB is an evidence-based educational program to teach neonatal resuscitation techniques in resource-limited areas. This course will provide learners with the ability to teach the HBB program during the Global Health summer internship to local individuals who will be providing these services.  This course is available to all students enrolled in Global Health Elective, and mandatory for students participating in the Global Health Summer Internship at the Africa sites.

Note: Open to medical students only

 

Integrative Medicine: Clinical Cases (Fall and Spring) 

OMMC 650A - Fall; OMMC 650B - Spring    Available Spring 2018

Integrative Medicine Elective
 

Course Coordinator

     Victor Nuno D.O. (victor.nuno@tu.edu)

Course Description

This course is designed to provide an introduction to integrative medicine. The course is comprised of eight sessions at which times we will cover various topics.
  • All class meetings are held on the following Thursdays from 3 - 5 pm: 01/18; 01/25; 02/22; 03/08; 03/15; 04/12; 04/26; 05/10. 
  • Topics include:
    • Integrative Management of Anxiety and Depression
    • The Brain and Well Being
    • Nutrition 101
    • Dietary Supplements
    • Sex, Mood, and Microbiome
    • Ecological Medicine
    • The Gut Microbiome in Pain and Depression
    • Integrative Approaches to Common Conditions

 Note: Open to all students

 

Medical Ethics (Summer)     OPCC 610         

Course Coordinator: TBD

Course Description:

This is a course in Jewish Medical Ethics & Israel Experience Program offered by the New England Institute of Jewish Studies. Attended by over 50 medical schools throughout the US over the past 15 years, this program is based in Jerusalem, Israel and offers US medical students the opportunity to learn about Jewish medical ethics, contemporary Jewish thought and tour Israel. The program is sponsored by the New England Institute of Jewish Studies (NEIJS), Boston in coordination with the Schlesinger Institute of Medical Ethics and Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem. The Jewish Medical Ethics & Israel Experience Program does not require a strong Jewish background or Hebrew skills. The medical ethics curriculum incorporates the case-study method and hospital rounds. The program includes tours and hikes throughout Israel. For further information: http://neijs.org/.

 

Medical Nutrition: Foundations (Fall)     OPCC 651A         

Course Coordinator:

     Grace Jones, PhD (grace.jones@tu.edu) 

Course Description:

A deep understanding of nutrition is critical to the holistic healthcare professional. This course is a 25-hour, 1 unit elective that focuses on advanced nutrition education, specifically addressing the role of nutrition in maintaining health and ameliorating disease. The bulk of the curriculum consists of online modules designed for medical students. The curriculum is called “Nutrition In Medicine” and was developed at the University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill. It offers an evidence-based foundation in nutrition and is currently utilized at 129 medical schools around the world. This academic content is complemented by an experiential component of the student’s choosing.  This course will ideally be the first of a 2 part series of Nutrition electives: Foundations in the Fall; Clinical Nutrition in the Spring.

Note: This course is open to students of osteopathic medicine, pharmacy, public health, and physician assistant in the colleges of COM, COP, and CE&HS.

 

Medical Nutrition: Student Led Seminars (TBD)     OPCC 651B         

Course Coordinator: TBD

Course Description:

This seminar-style course is designed to provide interested students an opportunity for in-depth exploration of the role of nutrition and in health and disease. The course will take place during the Spring semester, and application is open to students from COM, COP, and CE&HS. The course content will be delivered by participating students, peer teaching on Nutrition-related topics of their own choosing, based on research projects that they develop individually or in teams, in conjunction with a course advisor, addressing aspects of nutrition that are significant determinants of public health, often encountered in clinical practice and the popular media discourse on nutrition, as well as issues that are personally relevant for participating students. A profound understanding of nutrition is critical to the holistic healthcare professional. This course will emphasize the role of nutrition in maintaining health and ameliorating disease.

 

Medical Spanish (Fall & Spring)     OPCC 650     Available Spring 2018

Course Coordinator

     Teresita Menini MD, MS (teresita.menini@tu.edu)

Course Description

This beginner's course is offered in the Fall semester with the objective of developing a foundational level of medical Spanish adequate for the student to determine the chief complaint of the Spanish-speaking patient, provide basic medical instructions, obtain information about the patient, and answer the patient's most common questions. These objectives will be achieved through the teaching of Spanish medical terminology, colloquial words and phrases, and some basic grammar, as well as through practice sessions in conducting histories and physicals in Spanish.

Note: Open to OMS II students only

 

Narrative Medicine (Spring)    OPCC 663      Available Spring 2018