Electives

Electives taught within the Department of Family Medicine and Biobehavioral Health:

Healer's Art

Instructor: Jennifer Pearson, MD

  • Large group exercises and small group discussions about the balance between life and death and what roles medical professionals play.
  • Meets off-campus, most likely at a manor in East Duluth.
  • No quizzes and no presentations.

Medical Education Through Diversity and Service (MEDS)

Instructors: Mustafa al'Absi, PhD, Paula Termuhlen, MD, and Laura Palombi, PharmD, MPH

  • Lectures and small group activities where students explore key topics in global and population health.
  • Opportunity to identify and participate in international health experiences in the summer following participation in the course.

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Obstetrical Longitudinal Course

Instructor: Jennifer Pearson, MD

  • Follow a pregnant woman through prenatal visits, labor and delivery, postpartum and newborn care with her family physician or OB specialist.
  • Learn about prenatal care, labor and delivery, postpartum care, and newborn care.
  • Experience the rewards of having continuous contact with a patient.

Rural Academy of Leadership (RAL)

Instructor: Ray Christensen, MD

  • Two-year elective course
  • Volunteer in the community and complete a service project at an organization of your choice.
  • Elective is paired with the Health of People Everywhere (HOPE) Clinic, a free student-run clinic in downtown Duluth.
  • Attend lectures and discussions related to community service and being a community leader.

Seminars in American Indian Health

Instructor: Mary Owen, MD

  • Two-year elective course, one credit per year.
  • Learn the differences and similarities of medicine in diverse communities, cultures, and the general population.
  • Recognize the importance of and encourage cultural awareness in health care.

Summer Internship in Medicine Program

Course Director: Ray Christensen, MD

  • Offered to first-year medical students (held in the summer between the first and second year.
  • Work directly with hospital/clinic personnel in rural communities.
  • Gain exposure to rural medicine and experience life as a rural health professional.
  • Limited research projects provide another summer experience through this program under the direction of James Boulger, PhD.

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