Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine—M.D. Program 599 MDC 9035 (A–I)—Clinical Elective in Medicine and Subspecialties This fourth-year elective is designed to provide students with an opportunity for career exploration and to ensure they are well prepared to face the next challenge—residency internship. It will allow students to practice a wide variety of hands-on skills in various settings. Some of the skills students will have an opportunity of developing include, but are not limited to, medical interviewing, clinical reasoning, obtaining informed consent, performing admissions interviews and orders, prescription writing, diagnostic lab and study interpretations, and navigating the electronic health record. Students will also be provided with opportunities to practice procedure skills under the direct supervision of faculty members and or residents. By the end of this elective, students will possess the necessary skills and confidence to successfully navigate the first year of a residency program. Nonclinical MDR 9001 (A–D)—Research Elective Students particularly interested in research may elect to continue their research for up to two more elective blocks. This allows more detailed experience with the principles of research, including research design, analysis and interpretation of data, biostatistics, critical reading of the biomedical literature, research ethics, and communication of basic research information about clinical care options to a patient or patient’s family. Students are able to continue work on their research project with their mentor. Prerequisite: Pass all foundational science blocks and courses. MDE 9008—Foundations in Bioinformatics for Translational Medicine Elective This introductory-level elective is a theoretical and practical bioinformatics course on computational methods for translational medicine. The focus will be on bioinformatics methods used to predict clinical outcomes for patients by combining data from various sub-fields. Students will become familiar with core bioinformatics methodologies, such as Pairwise Sequence Alignment, Basic Local Alignment Search Tool, and Multiple Sequence Alignment. This elective will provide a detailed overview of medical and health informatics. Students will become acquainted with topics that lie within the expertise of several bioinformatics researchers at NSU, California Institute of Technology, and Qiagen Research Institute. MDE 9010—Fundamentals of Diversity and Inclusion in Medicine Elective This course aims to create an understanding of the diversity and inclusion issues facing themedical community. The content explores how race, culture, socioeconomic status, gender, and sexual orientation can impact the effectiveness of clinical encounters. Topics will include unconscious bias, LGBTQI health disparities, cultural humility, and gender disparities. In the research component of the course, students will assess the social determinants of COVID-19 risk. The overall goal of this course is to enhance the cultural competency of the student physician to effectively serve the increasingly diverse patient populations in our communities. MDE 9011—Leadership in Medicine Elective This elective prepares students to become effective change agents in the complex health care field. The course will focus on essential leadership skills, including change management; communication skills; influence styles; developing a vision; increasing team effectiveness; and strategic planning through interactive learning sessions, such as case-based learning, journal clubs, group discussions, and interviews with health care leaders. MDE 9012 (A–I)—Self-Directed Study Elective This course is designed for students who wish to develop and implement a project related to their unique academic interests, with guidance by an NSU MD faculty supervisor. Students work with their supervisor to develop a proposal that includes their goal, a description of planned activities, and the method of assessing their performance linked to the NSU MD competencies addressed by their project. MDE 9013—Writing/Publishing in Medical Education Elective This experience will introduce the knowledge and understanding of medical education research. The goal is to allow students to develop their own medical education research topics with the intention of writing a short (1,500– 2,000 word), well-researched perspective/opinion paper under supervision of a faculty mentor. A seminar takes place longitudinally throughout the two weeks and will include the preparation and presentation of a scientific research abstract and clinical vignette and poster presentation and/or a casereport suitable for publication. MDE 9023—Investigations into Longitudinal Research Fellowships (ILRF) Elective The goal of the elective is to provide education and guidance that will prepare students applying for research fellowships during their residency. This elective is ideal for students interested in pursuing a career in research who are interested in applying for an NIH T32 training grant or similar research fellowship during their residency. The elective will consist of a combination of seminars, roundtable discussions, and hands-on activities. Students will end the course with a better understanding of the expectations, lifestyle, and day-to-day experiences of a research-driven medical career.