600 Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine—M.D. Program MDE 9029—Quality Improvement Science Elective This course is designed to provide students with a foundational experience in quality improvement science with instruction on theory, methodology, and applications for improving patient safety, optimizing population health, enriching patient experience, decreasing cost of care, and reducing burnout. These skills are good preparation for the type of quality improvement projects typically expected during GME training. MDE 9036 (A–I)—Elective in Medical Practice and Health Systems 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. This elective will allow students to apply health science concepts to improve patient experiences. Although no direct patient care will be provided, students will have an opportunity to integrate both biological and nonbiological determinants of health for the solution of real patient problems. MDE 9038—Culinary Medicine Elective This elective course provides students with an introduction to the field of culinary medicine. Culinary medicine is an evidence-based field in medicine that combines the theory and experience of cooking with the science of biochemistry, nutrition, diet, and clinical medicine. The goal of culinary medicine is to partner with patients in finding a way to access and eat high-quality, nutritious food with the aim of healthy lifestyles and preventing and treating disease. The course will also assist the students in practicing these skills for lifelong learning. Nondegree Courses MDF 7009—Independent Study: Step 2—Preparation Elective This independent study elective course allows M4 students to engage in self-directed (SDL) and self-regulated learning (SRL) while preparing for the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Knowledge examination. The student will develop a self-paced study schedule under the guidance of elective director. The content practiced during this course reflects the clinical knowledge and other relevant foundational science covered during the medical school preclerkship and third-year clerkship phase of the medical school curriculum. Students will tailor their independent study activities to meet their individual needs and learning styles. Students will also be given guidance to help themmaintain physical, social, and emotional well-being during this study period. MDE 9499—Remediation This variable-credit course may be taken by students only with prior approval of the assistant dean for admissions and student affairs. It is designed to allow students to remediate prior coursework by letting them revisit curricular content encountered previously to strengthen their knowledge base and demonstrate mastery of the material. It may be taken in any year of the medical school curriculum.