Elective Courses

MED EM 550: Jamie Shandro, MD - Introduction to Emergency Medicine

Presentation of common medical and surgical emergencies and their urgent management, especially within the framework of rapid patient assessment and stabilization. Lecture topics include chest pain and myocardial infarction, basic arrhythmia management, and burn and wound care. Open to second-year medical students only. One credit course.


Intersession Courses

Intersessions will provide options for our students to engage and enrich their education outside of existing blocks and Foundations of Clinical Medicine activities. These courses are offered as part of the undergraduate pre-clinical medical education at the University of Washington. Students will have time to explore areas of interest, participate with peers in unique offerings, practice procedures and clinical skills, and learn about scholarship. Intersessions have a variety of structures - didactic, small group, seminar, lab.

MEDSCI 606: Michael Vrablik, DO - Emergency Medicine Point-of-Care Ultrasound

Introduction to point-of-care ultrasound. This elective will help students become comfortable with using bedside ultrasound by teaching ultrasound machine operation, image acquisition, and providing hands-on training in both simulated and patient care settings. The elective is designed to be interactive and will incorporate classroom didactics, procedure simulation and clinical application.

MEDSCI 605: Matthew Valento, MD - From Electrons to the Emergency Department: The Cellular Biology of Poisons

This course will describe how various poisons (naturally occurring or following overdose) interrupt molecular pathways to produce toxicity, Concepts will be introduced in a case-based manner before describing in depth the metabolic pathway affected. Examples include electron transport chain poisons, sodium channel poisons, and free radical poisons (iron).

MEDSCI 609: Jared Strote MD, and Bjorn Watsjold, MD - Ethics in Emergency Medicine Workshop

Learn how to consider and evaluate the ethical issues surrounding various real-life, frequently encountered medical situations. Discuss various approaches to ethical reasoning and decision-making, then implement in case evaluation. Students will be encouraged to both participate in and lead discussions of each case.

MEDSCI 612: David Townes, MD, Herbie Duber, MD, Stephen Morris, MD, Jeremy Hess, MD, and Sachita Shah, MD - Introduction to Humanitarian Emergencies

The course provides an introduction and overview of the health related issues faced by acutely displaced populations, including refugees and internally displaced persons, in developing countries, in the setting of humanitarian emergencies. Common challenges in planning, implementing, and evaluating health programs for these populations will be discussed through case studies based on recent actual humanitarian emergencies.

MEDSCI 616: Jeff Riddell, MD, Alisha Brown, MD, Annie Chipman, MD, and Joshua Jauregui, MD - The Physician Online: Mindful Use of Digital Media

This course explores the use of social media in medicine by exploring online identity, interactions, consumption and creation of content, and reflection. The goal is to equip students to use digital media mindfully while leveraging it to collaborate intelligently, teach more efficiently, and learn for a lifetime.

MEDSCI 621: Joshua Jauregui, MD, and Jamie Shandro, MD - Basic Skills in Emergency Resuscitation

Impart the critical skills needed to evaluate and manage common emergencies that medical students will encounter during their clinical clerkships and internship.