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Summer Remediation Course for MD Students Medical Gross Anatomy

Course Co-Directors: Drs. Dennis M. DePace, PhD and Bruce Hirsch, PhD


Introduction

We have developed a web-based summer remediation course for medical students who have received a failing grade during their initial course in Medical Gross Anatomy.

Students take the course on-line while remaining at their own institution.

The course consists of materials from the Gross Anatomy course at Drexel University College of Medicine (see Syllabus below), and is presented in a fashion that allows the students to progress at their own rate within established limits.

Some modular options will be available for remediation involving multidisciplinary integrated courses. Please contact us for pricing and availability.

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Goals

  • To review the organs and relationships within the human body with an emphasis on clinical relevance.
  • To demonstrate the principle that structure reflects function, and to introduce the idea that derangements in function (pathologies) often result from or cause changes in structure.
  • To provide insight into the ability to recognize anatomical structures in commonly used diagnostic images from Radiology.
  • To correlate important surface anatomy to the practice of clinical medicine.
  • To certify by means of written examinations that, upon successful completion of this course, the student has demonstrated an acceptable level of competency in the subject matter.

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Eligibility

  • The course is open only to medical students who have completed a medical school course that included full cadaver dissection but who require a remediation of the conceptual principles of the discipline.
  • Students must be registered in an accredited U.S.A. Medical School, or equivalent.
  • Students must provide written approval from their Administrator (usually the Dean of Students) in order to take the course.
  • Students must also supply written assurance from their Administrator that a proctor will be supplied to administer the mid-term and final exams.
  • Prerequisite: Completion of a 1st year medical school curriculum that included Gross Anatomy.
  • Students must have a computer equipped with either Internet Explorer of Safari and access to a reliable high-speed internet connection.

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Medical Gross Anatomy Course Description

  • Course name: Summer Remediation Course in Medical Gross Anatomy
  • Offered by the Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy at Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Tuition fee: $2200 (please contact us for pricing and availability for remediation involving integrated multidisciplinary modules)
  • The course material is available from June 11 until July 16 with a Midterm Exam on June 27, and a Final Exam on July 16, 2018.

The course includes:

  • Approximately 35 lecture hours presented as streaming video.
  • Approximately 20 hours of dissection review video.
  • Lecture notes that can be downloaded for editing or viewed simultaneously with the streaming video.
  • Approximately 20 Clinical Case Reviews consisting of about 2 cases each to highlight the relevant clinical and radiographic anatomy.
  • Clinical Case Reviews include interactive handouts that the student can download and complete to reinforce the salient information.
  • Section Exams that will not count toward the final grade but will provide formative feedback to the students as they progress through the course, and also serve as practice for the Midterm and Final Exams.
  • A Medical School faculty member is available for questions and answers via telephone or email.

The course is divided into 6 sections (see detailed Syllabus below):

  1. Back & Upper Limb
  2. Thorax
  3. Abdomen
  4. Pelvis & Perineum
  5. Lower Limb
  6. Head & Neck

Midterm & Final Exams:

  • There will be a Midterm Exam and a Final Exam. These and the points accrued from the Clinical Case Review quizzes are THE ONLY exams that will count toward the final course grade.
  • The Midterm will be on June 27, 2018, and will cover the material from Sections 1-3. It will count for 45% of the student's final grade.
  • The Final Exam will be on July 16, 2018, and will cover only the material from Sections 4-6.
  • Each exam is composed of 50 questions and lasts for 70 minutes (1.4 min per question).
  • All questions are in the multiple choice format.
  • The midcourse exam and the final exam will be administered online using the Respondus Lockdown browser and must be take at the student's home institution under proctored conditions. If travel back to the home institution presents an economic hardship, the student may elect to take the exam using a professional proctoring service pending prior approval by the course directors of this course and the students' Dean of Student Affairs.
  • Upon completion of each Clinical Case Review, the student will be given the opportunity to take a one-question quiz based on the information presented in the review. The question will be timed for one minute and the student will have one attempt at the question. For each successful completion of a quiz, the student will be awarded one point. A total of 20 points may be accrued and these points will constitute 5% of the students final course grade.

Grade Summary:

  • Midterm Exam (45%)
  • Final Exam (45%)
  • Clinical Case Review Quizzes (10%)

Section Exams:

  • At the end of each section there will be a Section Exam. These will help students assess their understanding of the material from that one section, but WILL NOT count toward the final grade.
  • Each Section Exam is taken through Blackboard Learn and requires a computer and use of the Respondus lockdown browser.

Evaluation:

  • A feedback questionnaire will be requested from each enrolled student to evaluate the course resources (lecture notes, streaming video lectures, lecturers, clinical case reviews, exams, help provided by the course directors, overall quality of the course, areas for improvement, etc.).
  • Success on the Mid Course and Final exams will indicate that the student has reached a level of proficiency in Medical Gross Anatomy, similar to that of other medical students in this institution.
  • Since the material taught and the tests used in this course are equivalent to those used in our regular Gross Anatomy course, we expect that students passing this Summer Remediation Course in Medical Gross Anatomy will be well prepared to continue their medical education.

Administration:

  • The course is administered through Blackboard Learn.
  • The course is offered through the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, and all administrative tasks related to the course will be handled by the Course Directors.
  • Final grades will be sent to the student's Dean for confirmation of course completion as well as to the student. Since the course is administered through the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, an official transcript from Drexel University College of Medicine will not be issued.

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Syllabus

Date

Time (All Times are Eastern Time)

Activity

Suggested Reading

June 11, 2018

9:00 am

Course Officially Begins with Back and Upper Limb Section

Text Chapters on Back and Upper Limb

June 13, 2018

11:00 am

Online Classroom: Mandatory

Introduction to the Course

June 15, 2018

12:00 noon

Complete Back and Upper Limb Section. Deadlines for case review quizzes vary. Check the individual Quizzes.

Deadline to complete Section Test on Back and Upper Limb with Grade of 70% or better to earn one bonus point

1:00 pm

Begin Thorax Section

Text Chapters on Thorax

June 18, 2018

11:00 am

Online Classroom If Needed

Review of Back and Upper Limb

12:00 noon

Complete Thorax Section. Deadlines for case review quizzes vary. Check the individual Quizzes.

Deadline to complete Section Test on Thorax with Grade of 70% or better to earn one bonus point

1:00 pm

Begin Abdomen Section

Text Chapters on Abdomen

June 19, 2018

11:00 am

Online Classroom If Needed

Review of Thorax

June 22, 2018

Midnight

Complete Abdomen Section. Deadlines for case review quizzes vary. Check the individual Quizzes.

Deadline to complete Section Test on Abdomen with Grade of 70% or better to earn one bonus point.

June 25, 2018

11:00 am

Online Classroom If Needed

Review of Abdomen

June 27, 2018

10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Mid-Course Exam

To be taken at student's home institution under proctored conditions

June 28, 2018

9:00 am

Begin Pelvis & Perineum Section

Text Chapters on Pelvis & Perineum

July 03, 2018

12:00 noon

Complete Pelvis & Perineum. Deadlines for case review quizzes vary. Check the individual Quizzes.

Deadline to complete Section Test on Pelvis/Perineum with Grade of 70% or better to earn one bonus point.

1:00 pm

Begin Lower Limb Section

Text Chapters on Lower Limb

July 05, 2018

11:00 am

Online Classroom If Needed

Review Pelvis and Perineum

July 06, 2018

Midnight

Complete Lower Limb Section. Deadlines for case review quizzes vary. Check the individual Quizzes.

Deadline to complete Section Test on Lower Limb with Grade of 70% or better to earn one bonus point.

1:00 pm

Begin Head & Neck Section

 

July 09, 2018

11:00 am

Online Classroom If Needed

Review Lower Limb

July 13, 2018

11:00 am

Online Classroom If Needed

Review Head and Neck

Midnight

Complete Head & Neck Section. Deadlines for case review quizzes vary. Check the individual Quizzes.

Deadline to complete Section Test on Head and Neck with Grade of 70% or better to earn one bonus point.

July 16, 2018

10:00 am to 12:30 pm

Final Course Exam

To be taken at student's home institution under proctored conditions

 
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