University of Colorado School of Medicine COVID-19 Pandemic Response Elective Course
The goal of this course is for medical students to learn about the biology, epidemiology, and clinical course of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease referred to as COVID-19, and then provide a variety of opportunities for students to apply this learning. Modules will be centered around virology, epidemiology, and clinical management to provide medical students with a broad understanding of the challenges faced with this pandemic. Materials consist of select readings, videos, podcasts, websites and key resources to help medical students gain a better understanding of the virus and resulting pathogenesis. You will test your knowledge with quizzes and participate in constructive and engaging e-conversations with peers through the use of discussion tabs and wiki pages within Canvas. Students then have the opportunity to apply their learning by selecting and focusing on one of the following four pillars: Bioethics and Medical Humanities, Education, Research or Service Learning. The purpose of this course is for all students to stay up to date with the information surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic as the situation quickly evolves and to be able to respond and use this information to improve the health of the community. To ensure medical students are active participants in responding to the pandemic, community service is a required portion of the course. Opportunities range from calling patients remotely to acquiring patient samples in the clinic. To learn more about this requirement, please refer to the service-learning team for detailed information. Please note that content for this course is created in real-time and is subject to change based on on-going advances in medical research. Thus, we advocate for students to take initiative in remaining intellectually open-minded to the information that is evolving around the SARS-CoV-2 virus.
- Acquire an appreciation and understanding of the spread of this virus through a public health perspective in terms of prevalence, incidence, disease, etc.
- Expand critical thinking skills, including the ability to review current scientific articles, and explain this knowledge in terms that are understandable for patients, the general public, and close family and friends
- Acquire and/or improve the ability to critically evaluate data presented throughout the course related to the COVID-19 pandemic