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Enrichment courses in organic chemistry, physics, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and statistics; lab experience in the human anatomy facility at the medical school will be offered through the six-week experience.

Organic Chemistry

Organic chemistry is a specific discipline within chemistry which involves the scientific study of the structure, properties, composition, reactions, and preparation (by synthesis or by other means) of chemical compounds consisting primarily of carbon and hydrogen. Class time will be a mix of lecture and group work to aid in the understanding of key concepts. Homework assignments will reinforce and develop the ideas discussed in class.

Physics

This six-week course will provide students with an introduction to some of the key concepts in physics, such as motion, force, heat, fluids, and waves. An emphasis will be placed on how the physical principles apply to the mechanics of the human body. Class time will consist of a combination of lecture, demonstrations, and hands-on group work. Homework assignments will reinforce and develop the ideas discussed in class.

Microbiology

This course will serve as a general introduction to pathologies caused by microorganisms from the perspective of etiologic agents, symptoms, prevention, and treatment. Interactive lectures will provide theoretical background for diagnosis of real-world case studies in general medicine and dentistry.

Anatomy and Physiology

The lecture portion of A &P emphasizes problem solving with clinical situations that involve anatomical terminology, homeostatic mechanisms and pathologies associated with the skeletal, muscular and nervous systems. The lab portion includes hands-on gross anatomy lab experiences with bones, joints, muscles, brains and other internal organs.

Statistics

Statistics is the study of research outcomes. Over the six weeks, you will be introduced to the concepts that are used in reporting the results of research. Even if you will not be producing research in your practice, you will likely be reading the results of others' research. An understanding of statistics is essential if you want to read the reports in academic journals. Class time will be a mix of lecture and group work. Homework assignments will reinforce and develop critical thinking based on the ideas learned in class.

Health Policy

Health Policy is the study to improve health systems to meet their objectives in terms of health outcomes, financial protection and responsiveness to the population’s legitimate expectations. This six-week educational experience will focus on key principles in policy making and health policy and exposure to critical health care issues. Scholars will be enlightened about the role of health professionals in the health policy arena with the goal of enhancing the scholars’ analytical skills and empower them about the opportunities to become catalysts for change outside of the clinical, research, and academic environments. Class time will be a mix of lecture and group work with demonstrations of the utility of select concepts. Homework assignments will reinforce and develop the ideas discussed in class.