Have you ever wondered what it is like to be a medical student? In this in-person course, you will learn about the fundamentals of medicine through an exciting week of hands-on experiences.
Together with current medical students at Brown’s Warren Alpert Medical School, standardized patients (actors trained to portray patients in various medical situations), and your fellow classmates, you’ll jump from the classroom, where you’ll explore the physiology of the human body, to the anatomy lab, where you’ll see those organs themselves in person, to the exam room, where you’ll learn how to perform a physical exam just like a doctor. For example, you may learn about the physiology of the human heart in the classroom, then identify its component structures in the anatomy lab, then interview a patient with chest pain, therefore putting together everything you learn in a practical setting.
You’ll also learn how doctors integrate all aspects of medicine to help treat real-live patients while considering the ethical implications of their plans and choices, such as the ramifications a doctor must consider in giving one patient an organ transplant over another. Through this interwoven approach to medical education, you will surely leave the course with a sharply heightened sense of both the art and science of healing.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
• List and describe the 4 principles of medical ethics
• Summarize the anatomy and physiology of the digestive, nervous, cardiovascular, and pulmonary systems
• For each system (digestive, nervous, cardiovascular, and pulmonary), describe examples of diseases that affect that system
• Explain each component of the medical interview. Explain how to correctly take vital signs, perform an abbreviated cardiopulmonary physical exam, and perform an abdominal physical exam
• Identify specific actions that you can take to pursue a career in medicine and the allied health professions.
• Be able to characterize the practice and patient population of at least one medical specialty
This course will be taught by current medical students. As a part of this course, you will have the opportunity to work in the anatomy lab and clinical skills suites at the Warren Alpert Medical School.
On-Campus Supplemental Fee: $100
Students who take this course are expected to have a strong foundation in biology and an eagerness to experience medicine in an interactive setting, both inside and outside the classroom.
Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.