M3 Clerkship Information
Seminars in Medicine
Course Director

Andrew Barnosky, D.O., M.P.H.
Email: arbmph@umich.edu

Administratrive Coordinator
Carrie Braun
Email: clbraun@umich.edu

Course Description

After completion of Seminars in Medicine students will:

  • demonstrate knowledge in current legal, ethical, social, regulatory, professional, and economic issues in medicine;
  • demonstrate knowledge in a variety of cross-discipline clinical topics, including radiology, acid/base balance; fluids and electrolytes, anemia and CBCs, back pain, obesity issues, dental disorders, eating disorders, and end-of life care; and
  • gain management skills in caring for patients who present with a variety of challenges (non-English speaking, obesity challenges, difficult and aggressive patients, unmotivated patients).

The Seminars in Medicine series addresses a variety of topics considered essential for every practicing physician to know, yet focuses on areas which traditionally do not fit into the core curriculum of any single required third-year clerkship. Introductory clinical topics are covered in the first part of the year, while more sophisticated topics are addressed later. In addition to clinical material, Seminars in Medicine also provides a forum for the discussion of ethical, legal, social, and economic issues in medicine.

Seminars in Medicine are designed to be practical, relevant, problem-oriented, and clearly aimed at the third year students. These sessions are designed to be uniquely different from material covered in the preclinical years, and they do not assume significant prior clinical experience. Seminars are intended to be interactive, and as often as possible, the presentations are case-based, using actual clinical material. Panel presentations, live patients, small groups, traditional lectures, videotape, and other formats are also used.

The intended learning outcomes are individual and specific for each seminar and are reviewed at the beginning of each seminar. The students will find specific, useful, take-home messages in Seminars. For example, after a seminar on substance use, students should feel confident in knowing who needs evaluation, the questions to ask in an initial evaluation, criterion for referral or immediate intervention, and specific intervention strategies.