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Longitudinal Science of Medicine Course | 3 credit hours

The Science of Medicine course focuses on the journey of medical advances, exploring the steps of basic research, translational research, clinical research,  dissemination, and implementation. The course also reviews the ethics of science, funding, and publication.

Course Contacts

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Course Directors: Dr. Subha Sellers (

Course Coordinator: Mindy McKinney (

Longitudinal Science of Medicine Enabling Competencies and Learning Objectives

Medical Knowledge Enabling Competencies

MK2. Explain various causes (genetic, developmental, metabolic, toxic, microbiologic, autoimmune, neoplastic, degenerative, behavioral, and traumatic) of major diseases and conditions and the ways in which they operate on the body (pathogenesis).
MK3. Describe how the altered structure and function (pathology and pathophysiology) of the body and its major organ systems are manifest through major diseases and conditions.
MK4. Identify the proximate and ultimate factors that contribute to the development of disease and illness, and that contribute to health status within and across populations regionally, nationally, and globally.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills Enabling Competencies

IC2. Communicate effectively in oral format with colleagues, and other health care professionals.
IC3. Communicate effectively in written format with colleagues, and other health care professionals.

Professionalism Enabling Competencies

PR1. Identify and consistently demonstrate ethical principles and behaviors in the care of patients
PR2. Demonstrate professional behavior consistent with expectations for the medical profession including punctuality and attire

Life Long Learning Enabling Competencies

LL1. Demonstrate skills in retrieving, critically assessing, and integrating social and biomedical information into clinical decision-making.
LL2. Reflect upon clinical, service and educational experiences, evaluate positive and negative aspects, and make changes to improve future experiences
LL3.Demonstrate personal accountability by actively seeking feedback, admitting errors openly, and honestly modifying behavior.

Social And Health Systems Enabling Competencies

SHS2. Identify disparities across populations in North Carolina and nationally and discuss physician roles in reducing these disparities.
SHS6. Apply principles of translational research, patient safety, or quality improvement to enhance patient care.


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