Courses by Campus

Indiana University School of Medicine—Fort Wayne

Courses by Department | Courses by Campus

Assistant Dean and Director: Fen-Lei Chang, MD, PhD

First-Year Courses
  • ANAT–D 506 Gross Anatomy (7 cr.) The study of anatomy of the adult human body by dissection, demonstrations through instructor prosections and teaching models and skeletons. Topics of radiographic anatomy will also be presented. Clinical applications will be emphasized through films, clinical correlation conferences, and case studies. Vilensky
  • ANAT–D 507 Histology and Embryology (5 cr.) Examination of structures of normal human cells, tissues, and organs at the light and electron microscopic level. Relationships of structures to function are emphasized. Topics of embryology will also be covered. Clinical correlation conferences are presented. Hoversland
  • ANAT–D 508 Neurosciences (5 cr.) Interdisciplinary investigation of the physiology and the gross and microscopic structure of the brain, spinal cord, and nervous system of humans. Aspects of brain energy metabolism, neurotransmitter synthesis and degradation, and psychopharmacology are presented. Laboratory activities include dissection of brain and spinal cord, examination of histologic sections, and clinical correlation conferences. Sweazey
  • BIOC–B 509 Medical Biochemistry (6 cr.) Introduction to biochemical terminology, methods, and concepts in a framework relevant to the practice of medicine. Principal topics include structures and reactions of the major classes of biological molecules, protein structure and function, enzymology, metabolism of biological molecules, biosynthesis of macromolecules, regulation of cellular activities, and introductory hematology. Demonstrations, case studies, and clinical correlation conferences are presented during laboratory sessions. Redman
  • MICR–J 525 Medical Microbiology and Immunology (6 cr.) Study of biological properties of bacteria, viruses, rickettsiae, fungi, and human parasites. Microbial physiology, genetics, and the action of antimicrobial agents are covered. Dynamics of host-parasite relationship relative to immunologic phenomena are presented. Diagnostic microbiology and immunology, research methodology, and clinical correlation conferences are presented in the laboratory. Merkel
  • PHSL–F 515 Human Physiology (7 cr.) Physiological function and regulation of the respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and excretory systems. Muscle structure and function; general properties of nerves, acid/base, electrolyte, and fluid homeostasis are also presented. Pathophysiologic function is introduced in clinical correlation conferences. Laboratory exercises serve to amplify concepts from lectures. Bell
  • X 600 Introduction to Clinical Medicine I: The Patient-Doctor Relationship (3 cr.) A multidepartmental, interdisciplinary course designed to introduce students to the patient-doctor relationship through interactions in a variety of settings. In small groups facilitated by primary care and behavioral science faculty, students direct their learning toward the complexity of the context from which a patient seeks medical care. To achieve this, students examine normal human behavior and development throughout the life cycle. Issues addressed include preventive health care, sexuality, cultural diversity, minority health issues, religion and spirituality, family dynamics, the economics of health care, and death and dying. Blusys and Staff
Second-Year Courses
  • MGEN–Q 682 Medical Genetics (2 cr.) This lecture course covers probability, population genetics, inheritance, metabolic diseases, hemoglobinopathies, genetic diagnosis, and counseling. Redman and Staff
  • MSCI–X 683 Biostatistics (1 cr.) This brief online course will introduce evidence based medicine, descriptive statistics, common distributions, comparison of two parameters, regression analysis, analysis of variance, experimental design, and epidemiologic statistics. Sweazey
  • MSCI–X 681 Introduction to Clinical Medicine II (20 cr.) This multidisciplinary course is designed to introduce clinical medicine to sophomore medical students, using a lecture format and problem solving through taking patient medical histories, physical diagnosis and specialty physical diagnosis, and radiology conferences. These skills will be learned via direct patient contact. An organ systems approach will be used. Weber and Vilensky
  • PHAR–F 684 Pharmacology (6 cr.) This lecture/lab conference course covers pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, biotransformation, drug interactions, and mechanism of action of major drug classes. Sweazey and Bell
  • PATH–C 683 General Pathology (6 cr.) Students will be introduced to pathologic terminology and disease processes by lectures, laboratory exercises, case studies, autopsies, and medicine/pathology conferences. Merkel and Staff
  • PATH–C 684 Systemic Pathology (6 cr.) Pathology of the organ systems will be presented by lectures, laboratory exercises, case studies, and pathology/medicine conferences. Etiologies, morphologic, physiologic changes will be noted; course coverage will be correlated with the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course as much as possible. Hoversland and Staff
Third-Year Courses
  • 02AN 690 Anesthesia Clerkship (2 cr.) Students will participate in the peri-operative management of a variety of patients, perform some basic procedures with preceptor guidance, observe basic procedures performed by anesthesiologists during patient management, describe preoperative evaluation of various types of patients, ascertain technical skills, especially the delivery of effective bag-mask ventilation and learn crisis management in anesthesiology. Dr. John Emhardt
  • 02YF f690 Family Medicine Clerkship (4 cr.) This clerkship allows for students to develop a primary care evidenced approach to the diagnosis and management of problems commonly seen in Family Medicine.  Students will develop and refine clinical skills which are essential to the practice of Family Medicine, understand the specialty of Family Medicine and its role within the healthcare system, develop knowledge and skills regarding the principals and clinical application of health promotion, disease prevention and patient education, and understand the relevance of bio-psychological, familial, socioeconomic and community factors to providing patient-centered, whole person/family care and gain an understanding of medical practice as both a profession and a business. Dr. Scott Renshaw
  • 02MI m690 Title (8 cr.) During the Internal Medicine clerkship students will achieve competence in history taking skills and notes, physical exam, inpatient progress notes and ambulatory clinic notes, display effective communication skills, ability to reliably collect clinical data and is able to organize and clearly present the data in written form as well as orally. Students will demonstrate sufficient knowledge base, generate accurate patient problem lists, and participate in procedures such as venipuncture, NG placement, LP, urethral catheterization, arterial puncture and isolation techniques. Dr. Robert Vu
  • 02NR n690 Core Clerkship–Neurology (4 cr.) The Neurology clerkship will teach students how to perform, interpret and record a neurological examination. The students will be able to formulate a diagnosis and devise a plan for further investigation and treatment, learn about common neurological afflictions, and know the clinical presentation/history, abnormal neurologic signs on physical exam, appropriate lab and radiologic evaluations, and treatments of the following afflictions: head trauma, neuromuscular disorders in clinical practice, dizziness and vertigo, seizures and epilepsy, station and gait, movement, and involuntary movement disorders, ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke. Dr. Joanne Wojcieszek
  • 02GO 701 OB/GYN Clerkship (5 cr.) Students will learn normal and abnormal obstetrics and gynecology, preventative women’s health including contraceptive care, care of the post-menopausal woman, and care of the woman patient at an annual health maintenance examination. Students will acquire the skills of history taking of both the obstetrical and gynecologic patient in the inpatient and outpatient settings. Students will acquire skills of the female patient including breast and pelvis exams, and acquire and demonstrate the attitudes and approach to the female patient necessary to establish rapport with and trust of the patient. Dr. Lyree Mikhail
  • 02KI k690 Pediatrics Clerkship (8 cr.) Students will work to adapt their clinical approach as appropriate to the developmental stage of the child or adolescent and family. The student must learn how to communicate clearly and sensitively and work within a health care team, treating each member of the team with courtesy and respect and recognizing the contributions of each to the clinical interaction. Students must have a firm foundation in basic ethical principles and must develop an appreciation of the ethical challenges specific to clinical interactions with children, adolescents and their families. Five general skill areas, with aspects specific to pediatrics, are introduced and reinforced: conducting an interview, performing a physical exam, communicating information, identifying and solving clinical problems, and developing an initial diagnosis and therapeutic plan. Students develop basic knowledge in pediatrics necessary for any physician regardless of the field of medicine that they choose to enter. Dr. Mitch Harris
  • 02PS p701 Psychiatry Clerkship (4 cr.) The students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the presentations of patients from major diagnostic categories or symptom groups and use problem-solving techniques to develop differential diagnoses for the common disorders. Students will develop basic treatment strategies including somatic and behavioral interventions. Students will examine attitudes towards patients and reflect on this as well as work on their skills to obtain a complete medical history, complete physical and neurological examinations, complete psychiatric history from the patient (and from several collateral sources), perform and document a complete mental status examination and demonstrate appropriate interview techniques utilizing the interpersonal and verbal skills which underscore the physician’s role in the patient-doctor relationship. Dr. Nancy Butler
  • 02SG s690 Surgery Clerkship (9 cr.) Third year medical students participating in the surgical clerkship will be given a broad view of the principles and practices of surgery as they relate to the whole of medicine. Students will be introduced to problem-solving as well as decision-making and through practical hands on experience, will become comfortable with caring for the common surgical problems that arise in a primary care practice. Finally, the clerkship experience hopes to stimulate student interest in the pathophysiology of surgical disease processes and the treatment modalities that accompany them. Dr. Alan Ladd
Fourth-Year Courses
  • 02ZE e701 Emergency Medicine Clerkship (4 cr.) Students will learn the fundamental approach to caring for the undifferentiated patient with emergent or urgent conditions. Each student will be the primary care giver for his/her assigned patients and will identify the patient’s problem with a focused H&P, taking into account both the medical condition and the psychosocial aspects of the problem, implement solutions to the problem under the direct supervision of EM faculty and learn to consider unexpected circumstances that can arise in emergency departments. Dr. Butch Humbert
  • 02MI 691 Medicine Sub-I Clerkship (4 cr.) The Medicine Sub-I clerkship prepares students for internship by providing a rigorous clinical experience that closely resembles the internship year on inpatient Medicine teams. Students are given primary patient care responsibility, are provided with a closely guided experience in clinical decision-making of diagnostic and therapeutic management of typical medical conditions under close supervision of a preceptor. Students will use the RIME system (Reporter -accurately collect clinical data using effective communication and organize and present data in written and oral formats, Interpreter -analyze and integrate data to develop and defend DDx , Manager- develop diagnostic and therapeutic management plan and coordinate patient care, Educator -expand own knowledge and share new-found knowledge with colleagues and patients). Dr. John Buckley
  • 02RA r690 Core Clerkship-Radiology (4 cr.) The Radiology clerkship provides an opportunity to review and integrate key lessons from the early years of medical school, in such subjects as anatomy, physiology, and pathology. Radiology is the context in which most students will most often visualize the inner structure and function of their patients. Students will gain an opportunity to form indelible images of disease processes and their treatment, from fractures to infections, vascular occlusions and neoplasms. Students will learn how to make most effective use of radiology in the care of patients. This includes knowing what imaging studies to order, how to integrate imaging results effectively into patient care, and what basic pathologies in key organ systems look like from the vantage points of different imaging modalities. Dr. Richard Gunderman
  • MED 999 Electives (4 cr.) Fourth-year students are able to choose from several catalog electives or special electives in Fort Wayne. Electives are available in many specialties in medicine, and primary care. Students are required to complete seven one-month long elective rotations.

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