Posted: March 29, 2020

University of Colorado School of Medicine COVID-19 Pandemic Response Elective Course

Description

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. 

Learning  Goals: 

  • 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 

Authors

Shanta Zimmer, MD, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine
Chad Stickrath, MD, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine
Aimee Bernard, PhD, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine
Tai Lockspeiser, MD, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine
Erik Wallace, MD, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine
Theresa Jones, MD, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine
Meghan Treitz, MD, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine
Nicholas Arlas, MS4, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine
Nicholas Bianchina, MS3, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine
Halea Meese, MS, MS4, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine 
Jacob Fox, MS4, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine 
Alejandro Itzam Marin, MS4, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine 
Jaclyn Anderson, MS4, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine 
Bryn Launer, MS3, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine
Joshua Romero, MS1, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine
Austin Jolly, MS3, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine
Alex Nguyen, MS4, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine
Derek George, MS4, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine
Brigit High, MS3, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine
Lauren Heery, MS3, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine
Jamie Solis, MS3, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine
Carolyn Ho, MS4, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine
Vishnupriya Krishnan, MS4, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine 
Meha Semwal, MPH, MS4, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, School of Medicine

Contact

Shanta.Zimmer@cuanschutz.edu, Aimee.Bernard@CUAnschutz.edu

Learner Audience

Undergraduate Medical Education (UME)

Domain

Medical Knowledge

Resource Type(s)

Distance Learning - Asynchronous
Educational Technology
Clinical Case

Instructional Method(s)

Independent Learning
Peer Teaching
Service Learning Activity

Keywords

Service Learning, Epidemiology, Bioethics, Pandemic, COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2, Virology, Coronavirus, Pathogenesis, Medical Research, Community Education