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Introduction to Medicine: Do You Want to Be a Doctor?

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Course Description

So you think you want to be a doctor? This course is designed to help you answer that question by letting you see the practice of medicine firsthand, giving you a taste of what medical school would be like, and helping you evaluate how well your talents and preferences match those of a career in medicine.

You will "try medicine on for size" by spending a half a day in a clinical setting, studying gross anatomy, histology and physiology, interacting with standardized and virtual patients as part of problem-based learning, and acquiring the study skills needed to succeed in medical school. You will explore the broad dimensions of medicine as a profession ranging from ethics and the politics of health care reform to the biology of disease.

Those entering the profession of medicine are expected to be dedicated to the pursuit of excellence and committed to the best interests of their patients. This course demands the same from its students--like medical school, it will be challenging, but the rewards will be great.

Instructor, Julianne Ip, MD, is the Associate Dean of Medicine for Brown University Alpert Medical School.

Students are encouraged to bring a laptop to campus to complete homework assignments. If you do not possess a laptop or web-enabled device, you will have access to Brown Computing Clusters on campus for outside-of-class work. You will also have the opportunity to rent a laptop from the IT Service Center for 1-week intervals with a valid Brown ID.

Completion of an advanced high school biology course is required; AP Biology preferred. Course is only open to rising high school juniors and seniors.

*Please note: This course has a Supplemental Fee of $300.00.

Related courses: So You Want to Be a Doctor? (online course)