This course is designed to gain exposure to clinical environment and research design in medicine. Students will collect research data and identify and enroll patients in ongoing research studies while learning observational skills to solve problems in a clinical environment.
Prerequisites: BMED 3100 and BMED 2310
Credit Hours: 3
Average GPA: 3.72
This course provides exposure to the clinical environment and research design in medicine. Students will observe the conditions in the hospitals at Grady, Emory Midtown, Emory Main, to look for potential problems and improvements in safety, environment, devices, and more. Students go on two shifts a week (one at the Grady ER, and the other at one of the other locations) for about 3 hours each shift in pairs. During the shifts, students must keep detailed observations in their composition notebooks. This class is NOT strictly a shadowing class! This course can require students to help in research data collection by timing certain processes or doing other activities such as surveying patients. Students will work in a group throughout the semester on projects to identify improvements for devices/processes/safety in the ER, which students will then present and have to write papers. Additionally, there will be lectures and small group activities to learn observation skills and apply techniques to help solve clinical problems. Lectures may cover a range of topics, from interesting procedures/processes observed in the hospital, to demonstrations of common procedures. Grading comes from notebook checks, papers, presentations, and other assignments.
THE tip: Do NOT miss your shifts.
Recall: BMED 2250, BMED 2310
Spend your time… Keeping a comprehensive and extensive notebook of all the observations you experience while observing in the hospital. Show up to class and enjoy lectures – they usually will be on topics relevant to the healthcare setting. Also, meet with your group to prepare presentations.
Take Home: How to learn and evaluate the treatment of patients in a clinical setting. This class primarily explores potential redesigns and improvements related to the hospital.