Course Directors: Schur, Peter Henry; Vleugels, Ruth Ann
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time every month.
Open to Exclerks: Yes (may be restricted for international students)
Systemic lupus is an ideal disease process to afford medical students the opportunities to gain an appreciation for systemic disease and to learn within a multidisciplinary healthcare team. In this one-month course, medical students will engage in a wide breadth of activities, including five half-days of ambulatory patient care per week in rheumatology, dermatology, and multidisciplinary clinics, predominantly at Brigham and Women’s Hospital with some additional time at Children’s Hospital. Three half-days per week will be available to learn about lupus in the inpatient setting. Finally, two half-days per week will be reserved for scholarly pursuits. This dedicated time to scholarly activity is flexible in that it can be devoted to learning from a certain faculty member, acquiring additional clinical experiences in a related field, learning how clinical trials are conducted in the healthcare setting, working on a short-term clinical or translational research project or case write-up, or initiating work on a longer-term scholarly project with the assistance of faculty mentors. In this way, students’ experiences in this course should reflect their own unique and individual interests.
This course evolved from feedback obtained from student focus groups held at Harvard Medical School.Examples of student input from the focus groups included the following comments:
Thus far, course feedback has been positive from students. We’ve already begun improving the course based on student feedback.Examples of student feedback include:
Student are graded according to the HMS elective course grading scale: High Honors, Honors, Satisfactory, Unsatisfactory.
See the full listing in the HMS Course Catalog:
Contact the Harvard Medical School registrar to check eligibility requirements or for information on enrolling in the course:
Harvard Medical School
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Fax: (617) 432-0275
Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm
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