Capstone Seminar: Contemporary Issues in Medicine

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The capstone course Contemporary Issues in Medicine (BIO 400), was designed to support the Center's mission by providing Miami undergraduates an opportunity to explore, in depth, the world of healthcare before becoming committed to the profession.


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This seminar course differs from traditional courses. Rather than listening to lectures, students explore various topics in healthcare, present their research to the class and lead a discussion on the topic.


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The class also invites guest speakers, usually Miami alumni, to share their experiences. The discussions among students and the guest speakers are often the most lively of the semester. After the class students host the guest speaker in a small dinner setting and continue the discussion.


Topics for the course have included:

  • Residency Issues; Training & Career Options
  • Difficult Medical Patient-Physician Decisions; Pain Management
  • Physician Extenders - The Team Approach to the Practice of Medicine
  • Problems Facing Primary Care Physicians
  • Making a Correct Diagnosis; Physicians are not Infallible
  • Issues Facing and Ageing Society; Managing vs Curing Illness
  • Preventing Burnout; Balancing Career and Family; Women in Medicine
  • Practicing Medicine in an Academic Setting: The Physician as Scientist
  • Cultural Competence; Issues in Patient Education/Communication