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So You Want to Be a Doctor?

Three Sections Available to Choose From:

Course DatesWeeksMeeting TimesStatusInstructor(s)CRNEnrollment
June 21, 2017 - August 22, 20179OnlineCourse Full, Waitlist ClosedStephen Smith, M.D.
10934not available for self-registration
June 21, 2017 - August 22, 20179OnlineOpenStephen Smith, M.D.
June 21, 2017 - August 22, 20179OnlineOpenStephen Smith, M.D.

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Course Description

Is a career in medicine right for you? This course is designed to help you answer that question. Experience the study of medicine in a whole new way and get a taste of what medical school and practicing medicine in a variety of different medical specialties would be like. Participants in this class will:

  • Study gross anatomy, histology, physiology, and microbiology in virtual labs
  • Assess and care for the medical needs of your own virtual patients
  • Take a virtual visit to a human anatomy lab for an up-close view of the brain, lungs, liver, and other anatomical structures, and see how disease impacts these organs
  • Gain insight into medical specialties from top doctors in a range of fields, and discover the many options for practice across the field of medicine
  • Explore topics such as the biology of disease to medical ethics
  • Participate in a medical shadowing experience you will arrange at a site of your choice, spending time with a doctor in a hospital, clinic, or office setting
  • Understand strategies for a successful medical school application
  • Learn the steps necessary to earn your medical degree and medical license
  • Sharpen the study skills you need to succeed in medical school

"I liked how we were able to interact with virtual patients and diagnose them ourselves. I also liked the feedback that the instructors gave us because it helped me improve every time, and I was able to look further into the patient in the next paper to prove each diagnosis better."
- So You Want to Be a Doctor? student, Summer 2015

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Course Requirements:

Time commitment: The first week of your online course serves as the course orientation, during which you will get to know Canvas (Brown's learning management system), review course expectations and strategies for your success, learn about your instructor, and help us to learn a bit about you. These activities should take you just a few hours to complete.

The following week you will begin working with your instructor and classmates on the course itself. To be successful in this course, you must have reliable internet access, and will be expected to participate multiple times each week. Plan to spend approximately 10 hours per week on coursework.


  • Computer with reliable, high-speed internet connection
  • Up-to-date Internet browser supported by Canvas, Brown's learning management system
  • Headphones, earbuds or speakers
  • Webcam and microphone
  • Adobe Flash Player browser plugin (Course elements may require Flash and will not work on an iPad.)
  • Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc,.docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Courses can also be accessed on tablets and mobile devices. These devices can be used as supplemental access points in order to complete most coursework.

Supplementary materials: approximately $50 (Note: Be sure to allow adequate time for shipping of required materials so that you have them in hand by the start of the course.)

Recommended prerequisite: One year of high school Biology

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