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Elective Pathways

A variety of certificate programs are offered to medical students during their medical school education in the following areas.

Medical Humanities and Bioethics Pathways

The Medical Humanities and Bioethics Pathways provide medical students with an enriched experience in medical humanities and bioethics throughout their four years of medical school. Students have diversified opportunities in a variety of clinical and research activities, courses and electives, as well as special events and competitive awards. Admission to the Pathways is through a competitive application process and is limited to ten students each year.

Goals

  • To provide creative, research and teaching opportunities for students with interest and skills in medical humanities or bioethics.
  • To develop student' knowledge, skills and attitudes about healthcare, the theories and practices of medicine and the consequences for patients through the study of humanities perspectives and methods.
  • To reinforce the biospychosocial approach to the patient-centered, humanistic medical practices through the integration of the humanities with the sciences in the curriculum.

Pathway Requirements

  • Students are required to take three Medical Humanities seminars by the end of the second year (non-pathway students must complete one seminar in first year and one in second year). Students must also complete four weeks of electives in Medical Humanities and Bioethics (not all four weeks need to be in one elective).
  • Students are required to complete a project of their choosing — it can be a medical humanities or bioethics research project, a creative project (visual arts, narrative, film, photography, theatre), or an educational project to develop and teach a Medical Humanities seminar or elective with a faculty co-teacher during fourth year.
  • Students elect an advisor/mentor for this project from the Medical Humanities and Ethics faculty or other faculty approved by the Pathway Directors.  Students must meet with their advisor to identify areas of interest, learning goals and appropriate activities; identify, research and develop a project in year one and year two; and have the mentor sign-off on requirements and plan.
  • The student’s project must be completed and submitted by February 1 of the fourth year.

Additional information regarding the Medical Humanities & Bioethics Pathways requirements can be found here.

Contacts

Medical Humanities Pathways

Stephanie Brown Clark, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Medical Humanities and Bioethics
Co-Director, Pathway in Medical Humanities and Bioethics
Director, Division of Medical Humanities and Bioethics
stephanie_brownclark@urmc.rochester.edu

Bioethics Pathways

Margie Hodges Shaw, JD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Medical Humanities and Bioethics
Co-Director, Pathway in Medical Humanities and Bioethics
margie_shaw@urmc.rochester.edu
585-275-5800

Latino Health Pathway

The Latino Health Pathway provides an enriched learning experience over the four years of medical school for those students with intermediate and advanced Spanish language proficiency interested in developing language, cultural and clinical skills to work with Spanish speaking patients, families, and communities. Admission to the Pathway is through an application process and language assessment. Enrollment is limited to 10 students each year.

Goals

  1. To develop spoken skills in medical/clinical Spanish, knowledge and sensitivity about Spanish culture, and healthcare issues relevant to the diverse population of Latinos in the Rochester area.
  2. To consolidate and develop clinical skills in taking a history and performing a physical exam in Spanish so that students can work competently and effectively in clinical settings with Spanish speaking patients
  3. To strengthen the relationship between medical students at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and the local Latino community
  4. To provide opportunities for clinical electives locally and internationally in Spanish speaking countries
  5. Intended for those students with intermediate and advanced Spanish language proficiency interested in developing language, cultural and clinical skills to work with Spanish speaking patients, families, and communities
  6. Enrollment is limited to 10 students each year
     

LHP Components

  • LHP medical humanities seminars 
  • LHP Part 1: (January – March of Year 1) 
  • LHP Part 2: (August – October of Year 2) 
  • LHP Part 3: (October – December of Year 2) 
  • Completion of a minimum of 4 community events/year 
  • Latino Health project (TBC by graduation) 
  • Language Assessment (1st and 4th year) 
  • OSCE 
     

LHP Online Application

Students with particular interests in LHP may enroll during their first year of medical school by:

  • attending the information meeting
  • completing the online Pathway Application Form (use link at bottom of the page)
  • Setting up an interview with faculty director
  • Completing the language line assessment

Latino Health Pathway Information

Contacts

Jimena Cubillos, MD
Assistant Professor - Department of Urology
Director, Latino Health Pathway
Jimena_Cubillos@urmc.rochester.edu

Deaf Health Pathway

The Deaf Health Pathway provides additional courses, electives, activities and projects over the four years of medical school for those students with interests in the health, language and culture of the Deaf community.  This Pathway is a student-centered curriculum with faculty support and oversight through the Division of Medical Humanities. Admission to the Pathway is through a competitive application process. Enrollment is limited to 10 students each year.

Goals

  1. Appreciate the health disparities between the Deaf community and the general population
  2. Increase awareness of unique Deaf health needs within a medical system
  3. Introduce successful community engagement strategies
  4. Provide opportunities for linguistic and cultural immersion
  5. Learn about resources available to help meet the healthcare needs of Deaf patients
  6. Prepare students to care for Deaf patients (and other minority groups)

Helpful Documents

Deaf Health Pathway Presentation

Contacts

Robert C. Nutt, M.D.
Fellow, Academic General Pediatrics & Neurodevelopmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
Director, Deaf Health Pathway
Robert_Nutt@urmc.rochester.edu

Medical Education Pathway

The purpose of the medical education pathway (MEP) is to prepare students to become academic medical educators with skills in teaching as well as a knowledge of educational theory.

Skills

Participation in the MEP provides students with the skills:

  1. Prepare and deliver a lecture to a large group
  2. Serve as a PBL tutor
  3. Lead a small group teaching session (laboratory, problem solving and/or clinical skills format)
  4. Write high quality learning objectives
  5. Write high quality exam questions in a number of formats
  6. Perform assessments and apply effective ways of giving feedback
  7. Critically evaluate the medical education literature.

Requirements

Second year medical students or MD/PhD students with at least two years remaining in their program submit proposals and a teaching plan which are approved by their faculty mentor and relevant course directors. Students accepted into the MEP give two large group lectures and feedback is provided by the student audience as well as the course director, a member of the MEP committee, and their mentor(s).  In addition, students conduct small group teaching and serve as PBL Tutors during their third and fourth years.  MEP students also participate in faculty development workshops focusing on lecture skills, small group teaching, PBL tutoring, writing exam questions, assessment, and giving feedback.  Participation in journal clubs and seminars fosters discussion about educational and learning theory and current issues in medical education.

Upon completion of the MEP, students receive a certificate and their participation is noted in their Dean’s Letter and on their transcripts.

Prerequisites

  • Must be in good academic standing with a minimum of two years remaining until your expected date of graduation.
  • Must have consistently demonstrated professional behavior in the learning environment including regular attendance in class and compliance with evaluation requests.

View the informational Medical Education Pathway Presentation

Contacts

Celeste Song, MD, MS
University of Rochester 
Director, Science of Family Medicine
Co-director, Medical Education Pathway
777 S. Clinton Ave
Rochester, NY 14623
Clinical phone: 585-279-4740
Clinical fax: 585-279-4745

Global Health Pathway

The Global Health Pathway (GHP) at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry is an elective program available to selected medical students that have an interest or demonstrated commitment to careers in the future that include global and public health. Medical students will gain additional knowledge and skills in the health problems and solutions of populations that transcend socioeconomic and ethnic status and national borders. Knowledge will be gained through a didactic lecture series, direct experience and independent projects.

The required clinical experiences will build on the clinical skill set present in the Double Helix Curriculum to improve the ability to practice community-based medicine under diverse social, economic and cultural situations. Volunteer work and patient interactions will foster compassion and an appreciation for the plights of underserved populations. They will develop a sense of global health advocacy appreciating the role of the physician as an agent for change in community and global health.

Mission

  • Gain knowledge and skills in health problems and solutions for various people groups
  • Improve the ability to practice community-based medicine under diverse social, economic and cultural situations
  • To develop a sense of global health advocacy appreciating the role of the physician as an agent for change in community and global health

Pathway Requirements

There are 5 categories of requirements for the Global Health Pathway

Lecture Series

Attendance at 75% of Global Health lectures over two years that take place approximately every 6-8 weeks during the academic year.

Summer Experience

  • Between year 1 and year 2
  • International experience or working with underserved population in or away from Rochester
  • Funded by the OME Summer Research Office- 
  • Participate in summer research forum fall Year 2
  • Summit research abstract

Humanities Seminar 

Year 2

Explore Global Health through 8 week humanities seminar looking more in depth at a variety of topics.

Clinical Experience 

  • 4 weeks of consecutive elective providing clinical care either in international site or in  US caring for refugee population or non-native US population
  • Approved by advisory dean- safe to go
  • Approved by GHP committee
  • Year 3 or year 4

Volunteer Work

20 hours of volunteer work during medical school in the Rochester area providing services to a population of immigrants or displaced individuals.

Summation Project

  • Scholarly project during year 4
  • Relate students activities
  • Discuss community/communities student involved in- including barriers, students work and potential solutions
  • Include information re: overseas experience
  • Reflective piece
  • 8-10 pages
  • Previous students have completed projects that were photo diaries

Application Process

  • 1 page letter of intent- indicating why interested in GHP and how it can aid your future work
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Plans for summer project between year 1 and year 2- submit using the OME summer research funding proposal format
  • Applications due March 31st-
  • First year students may apply

Completion

Students who successfully complete each pathway requirements and maintain good academic standing will receive a certificate of completion, Dean’s Letter

Helpful Documents

Global Health Pathway Presentation

Contacts

Elizabeth Brown, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Department of Family Medicine
Director, Global Health Pathway
Elizabeth_brown@urmc.rochester.edu

If applying for the Medical Education Pathway Program, please fill out the
Medical Education Pathway Preliminary Application

For all other Pathways, please fill out the Pathways preliminary application.