Curriculum

Principles of Disease (SMD 530)

Total Contact Hours: 133 hours

Co-Course Directors: Paul G. Koles, M.D., Associate Professor, Pathology and Surgery, and Smita Krishnamurthy, M.D., Assistant Professor, Pathology & Dermatology

Course Description: This is an introductory course on the principles of immunology, bacteriology, virology, and parasitology as they apply to human disease. Through a series of presentations, case discussions, Team-Based Learning™ sessions, and laboratory experiences, students acquire the vocabulary of infectious diseases and explore how diagnoses are made based on history, physical, and laboratory findings.

Course Learning Goals, Assessment, Practice, Teaching and Learning Activities, and their Integration with the Institutional Educational Objectives:

Institutional  Objectives

Learning Goals

Assessment Activities (graded)

Practice/Feedback Activities  (non-graded)

Teaching and Learning  Activities

K1, K2

C2, C3

P1, P2, P3

 

Foundational Knowledge

Given a clinical vignette, identify and/or interpret the microbiology, pathogenic mechanisms, epidemiology, clinical manifestations, diagnostic approaches, forms of treatment and methods of prevention for important human bacterial, viral, parasitic and fungal pathogens.

TBL IRAT/GRAT

Exams

ARS questions

Study Questions

TBL GAPP

Small group problem solving

Interactive Review cases

Lecture

Readings (textbooks, notepack)

 

K1, K2

C2, C3

P1, P2, P3

Foundational Knowledge

Identify the component and functions of the innate and adaptive immune systems in health and disease, as well as the deleterious effects of hypersensitivity, autoimmunity and immunosuppression.

Quizzes

TBL IRAT/GRAT

Exams

ARS

Study Questions

TBL GAPP

In-class active learning activities

 

Lecture

Readings (textbooks, notepack

K1, K2

C2, C3

P1, P2, P3

Foundational Knowledge

Calculate and use measures of disease frequency and quantify infectious disease outbreaks.  Calculate and use measures related to disease screening and prevention.

TBL IRAT/GRAT

Exams

ARS

Study Questions

TBL GAPP

In-class active learning activities

Lecture

Readings (textbooks, notepack)

K1

C2, C3

P1, P2, P3

Application

Identify organisms by performing basic microbiology techniques that might be used in a physician office setting.

TBL IRAT/GRAT

Laboratory Practical

Laboratory Exercises Laboratory Study Questions

TBL GAPP

 

Laboratory videos

Readings (laboratory manual)

K1

C2, C3

P1, P2, P3

Application

Diagnose or assess immune function or the immune response to microorganisms by performing common immunologic tests.

TBL IRAT/GRAT

Laboratory Practical

Laboratory Exercises

TBL GAPP

Lecture

Readings (laboratory manual)

K1, K2

C2, C3

P1, P2, P3

Application

Interpret preliminary and final microbiology and immunology laboratory test results, correlating the sensitivity, specificity and clinical relevance of the results with the patient’s disease state.

TBL IRAT/GRAT

Exams

Laboratory Practical

ARS

Laboratory Exercises

Study Questions

Interactive review cases

TBL GAPP

Lecture

Clinical correlation sessions

 

K1

C1, C2, C3

P1, P2, P3

Application

Identify the microbiologic and/or immunologic components of a clinical case that are contributing to a patient’s health status

TBL IRAT/GRAT

Exams

ARS

Study Questions

Laboratory Exercises

TBL GAPP

Lecture

Clinical correlation sessions

 

K1, K2

C2, C3

P1, P2, P3

Application

Identify or explain how study design of clinical trials and epidemiological studies affects quality and interpretability of data.

TBL IRAT/GRAT

Exams

ARS

Study Questions

TBL GAPP

Lecture

Readings (textbooks, notepack)

 

K1

C2, C3

P1, P2, P3

Application

Predict susceptibility to select infectious and non-infectious diseases based on information about a patient’s immune status.

TBL IRAT/GRAT

Exams

ARS

Study Questions

TBL GAPP

Lecture

Clinical correlation sessions

K1

C2, C3

P1, P2, P3

Human Dimension

Identify information to present to patients with infectious or immune diseases to help them to make correct decisions about these diseases.

TBL IRAT/GRAT

 

Interactive review cases

TBL GAPP

Lecture

Clinical correlation sessions

C2, C3

P1, P2, P3

 

Human Dimension

Practice professional values/virtues with colleagues and faculty.

TBL IRAT/GRAT

TBL Peer Feedback

TBL GAPP

Group Laboratory Exercises

Year 1 Orientation sessions

Previous Peer Feedback

TBL Experiences

C2, C3

P1, P2, P3

Learning How To Learn

Identify and use resources (written, human) appropriately to answer questions and solve problems independently and within a team.

TBL IRAT/GRAT

TBL Peer Feedback

 

Study Questions

TBL GAPP

Group Laboratory Exercises

Readings

TBL assignments

Institutional Educational Objectives

Category addressed Definition
1. Institutional Objectives What does our institution want our graduates to do?
2. Learning Goals If your students mastered the content of your course, what would they be able to do?
3. Assessment Activities (graded)
4. Practice/Feedback Activities (non-graded)
What will students need to do for them and others (peers, professors) to know whether they have achieved this specific learning goal?
5. Teaching and Learning Activities How will students get the information they need to learn?

Knowledge and Lifelong Learning

  • K1: The graduate will demonstrate knowledge of the basic medical sciences; clinical skills; and the ability to acquire, manage, and use current information for clinical decision-making and problem-solving in the care of individual patients, family members, populations, and systems of care delivery.
  • K2: The graduate will demonstrate knowledge of the ethical, social, economic, and cultural influences upon the health of and health care delivery to patients and patient populations, and will be able to propose realistic approaches to improving the health of an individual patient and for a patient population.
  • K3: The graduate will be able to identify the diverse factors that influence the health of the individual and the community; identify the socio-cultural, familial, psychological, economic, environmental, legal, political, and spiritual factors impacting health care and health care delivery; and be able to respond to these factors by planning and advocating the appropriate course of action at both the individual and the community level.

Interpersonal and Communication

  • C1: The graduate will demonstrate the ability to establish a professional relationship with a patient, build a comprehensive medical and social/personal history, conduct either a focused or comprehensive physical examination as indicated, construct a differential diagnosis, and recommend a course of treatment consistent with current standards of care.
  • C2: The graduate will demonstrate the ability to communicate (written and oral) clearly, professionally, and effectively with patients, their family members, health care team members, and peers.
  • C3: The graduate will demonstrate the capacity to listen to and respond appropriately to constructive feedback from peers and teachers, as well as give constructive feedback and evaluation to peers and faculty as requested.

Professionalism, Advocacy, and Personal Growth

  • P1: The graduate will be able to identify personal strengths and weaknesses in the care of patients and working with colleagues and allied health professionals, and, if indicated, demonstrate the ability to make changes in behavior that facilitate collaborative relationships.
  • P2: The graduate will demonstrate through the period of undergraduate medical education a pattern of responsible behaviors consistent with the highest ethical standards of the profession: honesty, confidentiality, reliability, dependability, civility, and punctuality.
  • P3: The graduate will demonstrate a commitment to leadership and the advancement of new knowledge.
Last edited on 03/31/2015.