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Advanced Clinical Pathology (September Only)
Advanced Medical Pathophysiology & Therapeutics (February Only)
Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics (March Only)
Biomedical Informatics (September, February, and March)
Foundations of Clinical Medicine  - Integration (September, February, and March)
Systems, Leadership, Integration & Management (September, February, and March)

Advanced Clinical Pathology (September)

The use of laboratory studies to make and/or confirm diagnoses has become critical in modern medicine. However, the excessive use of laboratory studies by physicians has become a prime target of attack by those aiming to contain the cost of medical care.

Objective: To explore several aspects of the use of laboratory medicine in today's changing environment.

Learning Experience: Students will learn 1) The role of screening laboratory studies in both in-patient and out-patient settings; 2) The use and interpretation of sophisticated testing to resolve certain critical issues in patient management, especially as related to hematologic testing; 3) The relative place for new technology in the diagnostic and therapeutic armamentarium - is it complementary, or should it replace less sophisticated but well-tested studies currently being performed?; 4) How to  resolve the ethical dilemmas created by the availability of testing to predict who might develop certain chronic illnesses (e.g., breast cancer, colon cancer, Huntington's disease) that previously could not be predicted; and 5) Who should decide what testing is appropriate and what testing is inappropriate in any given situation, how such decisions are made, and how they should be made in the future. 

Dr. Yvette Tanhehco
Course Director
Email: yct2103@columbia.edu

Ivy Cahill
Course Coordinator
Email: abc9006@nyp.org

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Advanced Medical Pathophysiology & Therapeutics (February Only)

Objective: Provides students with a knowledge of pathophysiology and therapeutics, organized to emphasize critical evidence which is necessary for clinical decision-making.

Learning Experience: Students meet weekday mornings on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (CP IV is offered on Wednesdays as a separate course that is included within each selective). Topics relate to critical evidence that underlies decision-making in key areas of clinical medicine. Recent offerings included evaluation of publications appropriate to evidence-based medicine, breast cancer screening, liver failure, diabetes, heart failure, acute coronary syndrome, HIV, shock, and colon cancer. Emphasis is given to the foundations of medical knowledge including critical appraisal of data as well as the more practical aspects of management. The faculty members are experts in each field discussed. The topics to be covered have been selected with the assistance of the P&S graduates serving on the Medical House staff at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital to ensure relevance to the experience of interns and residents. However, the course is intended to serve the needs of those pursuing postgraduate training in any clinical specialty.

Dr. Ronald Drusin
Course Director
Email: red3@columbia.edu

Dr. Donald Landry
Course Director
Email: dwl1@columbia.edu

Jamilette Gaton
Course Coordinator
Email: jg2001@columbia.edu

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Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics (March Only)

Objective: Teach skills in designing and implementing appropriate pharmacological therapy for the treatment of a wide variety of disease states using sound clinical and scientific principles.

Learning experience: This course includes an initial series of workshops consisting of lectures and discussions focused on basic principles of drug administration, absorption, distribution, elimination, and drug-drug interactions. This includes how drug actions and pharmacokinetics are altered in special populations such as women, and pediatric and geriatric patients. The goal of these workshops is to learn how to modify drug administration and dosing schedules to maximize therapeutic effects and minimize drug toxicity. This will be followed by student work‑up and presentation of therapeutic strategies for a variety of clinical cases under the guidance of expert faculty in the areas of cardiology, nephrology, hypertension, infectious disease, rheumatology, oncology, endocrinology, and psychiatry.

Dr. Penelope Boyden
Course Director
Email: pab4@columbia.edu

Dr. Steven O. Marx
Course Director
Email: sm460@columbia.edu

Karen Allis
Course Coordinator
Email: kja7@columbia.edu

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Biomedical Informatics (September, February, and March)

This course focuses on the ways Biomedical Informatics has improved the practice of medicine (by facilitating evidence-based practice, improving patient safety, and expanding the reach of public health initiatives). Students are also exposed to the potential pit-falls of technology. Conference activities provide additional training in advanced literature searching and expose students to classic cognitive biases that influence medical decision-making.

Dr. Herbert Chase
Course Director
Email: herbert.chase@dbmi.columbia.edu

Foundations of Clinical Medicine - Integration (September, February, and March)

In FCM, students return to the classroom for weekly discussions during their Back to the Classroom selective. Goals of this course are 1) To provide an opportunity for students to reflect on their profession, their goals, and their training while considering the mission of medicine and what it means to them as individuals; 2) To encourage habits of open communication between colleagues as they work together to identify and address contemporary challenges in medicine throughout their careers; and 3) To explore major challenges facing medicine today.

The four sessions include:

  • Challenges and Strategies in Disease Prevention and Health Promotion: Nutrition, Stress, Smoking Cessation, and Community Stroke Prevention
  • Our Changing Health Care System: Economics, Organization, and Ethical Challenges
  • The Physician and Patients Near Death: Loss and grief, Healing and Curing, Palliative Care
  • Selective topics with attention to self-care - these include: Human Rights, Hospital Finance Basics, Inpatient Nutrition, and Topics in Complementary and Alternative Therapeutics including Yoga, Mindfulness, and Acupuncture

Dr. Michael Devlin
Course Director
Email: mjd5@columbia.edu

Kristopher Kolish
Course Coordinator
Email: kpk2116@columbia.edu

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Systems, Leadership, Integration & Management (September, February, and March)

Objectives: The learners will have an understanding of applied performance improvement, the necessity of change management skills as well as problem-solving skills.  The learners will have reflected on their future role as agents of change – they will answer the question, “do I embrace this role or not?”

Learning Experience: This course will focus on applying PI concepts and tools to problems, and will be half-focused on organizational psychology and change management techniques. It is comprised of seven 2-hour sessions (one hour lectures followed by small group workshops).

Dr. Robert Sideli
Course Director
Email: rvs1@columbia.edu