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CAMB/PHRM 542-401 Topics in Molecular Medicine

Course: Topics in Molecular Medicine (BRB II/III Rm 901)
Meets: 3:00pm every Wednesday (course website can be found here: http://www.med.upenn.edu/timm/index.shtml)
Directors: Mark Kahn, MD
    Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology
markkahn@mail.med.upenn.edu
Rebecca G. Wells, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine (GI)
rgwells@mail.med.upenn.edu

TiMM is planned as a once-weekly seminar course whose goal is to introduce students to the ways in which biomedical research can provide new insights into clinical medicine and, conversely, how knowledge of clinical disease impacts scientific discovery. Due to space limitations, the course is open only to 1st year Combined Degree (MD/PhD) students.  The course will meet for 2 hours from 3:00-5:00 on Wednesday afternoons, starting on September 5, 2007.

The course will be in a seminar style. Two or three students will be assigned to present at each session. Each session has a different faculty member as a preceptor; this faculty member, in consultation with the course directors, has choosen a clinical topic and one or two state-of-the-art research papers which provide molecular insight into the topic. The faculty member will meet with the students before the class session to provide additional insight into the topic. One of the assigned students will briefly present the clinical aspects of the problem and the second (and possibly third) students will present the scientific paper(s). All of the students in the class will be expected to have read the both clinical and research papers and to contribute