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Electives for Third Year Students

SPPS 260 Pharmacologic Analysis of Physiologic Systems

Introduction to invasive techniques used in animal research and drug discovery (real-time assessment of blood pressure, cardiac output, GI motility, vital signs, intubation, catheterization, Swan-Ganz catheter), and to instrumentation, biological variability, and analysis of physiologic and pharmacologic data. Hands-on experience and pre-surgical skills are stressed.

SPPS 261 Human Teratology

This course provides an overview of the field of teratology with emphasis on specific medications used during pregnancy and the risk for congenital anomalies. Students will acquire the ability to critically evaluate data and apply this to individual risk assessment.

SPPS 262 Radiopharmaceuticals

The course introduces the physical and chemical properties of radiopharmaceuticals. Emphasis is placed on preparation, quality control, pharmacology, and image interpretation. Clinical applications, imaging protocols, and the fundamentals of radiopharmacokinetics and radiation dosimetry are also introduced and used to explore safe handling practices and regulatory issues.

SPPS 264 Clinical Toxicology

Exploration of the basics of clinical toxicology. Basic principles of the management of the poisoned patient will be presented as well as in-depth discussions of common toxic syndromes observed in humans and the treatment of those syndromes.

SPPS 265 Geriatric Pharmacotherapy

This course provides an overview of disease states commonly associated with the geriatric population and the medications used to treat them, and why the geriatric population is unique in its prescribing, counseling, and treatment.

SPPS 266 Veterinary Pharmacy

This course introduces students to veterinary pharmacy, challenges in drug therapy, pharmacokinetic/pharmacodynamic variances, ethical issues, law and public health, and drug administration. Students learn many aspects of serving veterinary patients through lectures, discussion, exercises, field visits, and a project.

SPPS 267 Pediatric Pharmacotherapy

Through didactic lectures and case study discussions of common pharmaceutical care and chronic disease management challenges in the pediatric population, this elective provides students with specialized focus on Pediatric Pharmacotherapy. Reading materials and case studies are drawn from clinical practice, primary literature, evidence-based medicine, and clinical practice guidelines.

SPPS 268 Systems-Wide Mass Spectrometry

The goal of this course is for students to gain a basic understanding of biological principles of proteomics for protein biochemistry and structural evaluation by mass spectrometry. Students will gain knowledge of how to incorporate proteomic approaches into biological research.

SPPS 269 Pharmacotherapy of Pain Management

This course provides students the foundation for pharmacologic management of acute and chronic pain in general care, post-surgical, and terminal care. A variety of disease states and patient populations are explored through didactic and clinical presentations.

SPPS 270 Conversational Spanish for Pharmacy Students

Designed to develop/enhance students’ working knowledge of medical/healthcare Spanish and cultural competency to facilitate communication with Spanish-speaking patients and families. Special emphasis on oral communication skills and clinical experiences. Open to beginners with no prior exposure to Spanish.

SPPS 272 Medicare Part D Outreach

Medicare Part D teaches and reviews the Medicare program emphasizing the Medicare Part D drug programs. Students are provided with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide comprehensive Medicare Part D education to the underserved elderly and to help Medicare beneficiaries navigate the complex Part D system. Outreaches to apply these skills are scheduled to engage the San Diego Community.

SPPS 273 Drug Discovery, Development, and Commercialization

This elective is designed to increase knowledge of the drug discovery, development, regulatory, and commercialization process. Students will have an increased understanding of how an investigational agent eventually becomes an approved drug for patient use. Lectures and a student group project are conducted for this elective.

SPPS 274 Critical Care Medicine

Presenting drug therapy management in critically ill patients. This is a complementary course to the therapeutics series. Emphasis on drug selection, pharmacology, monitoring therapeutics outcomes, integrating organ function/laboratory tests, drug interaction/adverse reaction recognition and management, and pharmacokinetic analysis on select drugs.

SPPS 275 Current Concepts in Health Systems Pharmacy Practice

Students are introduced to current concepts in health systems pharmacy practice including a working knowledge of the pharmacy department and its organization and contributions to the overall hospital and health system. Students receive training on specific hospital pharmacist competencies which will better prepare them for future positions as pharmacy interns, residents and pharmacists.

SPPS 276 Frontiers in Therapeutics & Diagnostic Delivery

This seminar series exposes students to the most cutting edge research on using Nanotechnology for the delivery of agents to detect, treat, and prevent disease.

SPPS 278 Free Clinic Manager

This clinic setting provides students with hands-on training and education early in their pharmacy careers while providing free medical services to the underserved communities of San Diego. It is an interdisciplinary experience with medical students under faculty supervision and provides clinical services, administrative, and health educationleadership.

SPPS 277 Advanced Concepts in Diabetes

This course provides students with advanced concepts in management of diabetes with a focus on insulin therapy. Students learn principles of managing diabetes in special populations and participate in diabetes technology experience (examples: insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitoring, etc).

SPPS 279 Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention and Outreach

This course prepares students for outreach to teach middle- and high-school classrooms about prescription drug abuse prevention. Students receive training to prepare for the classroom environment and then present information and direct classroom activities.

SPPS 280 Diabetes Care

This elective provides an overview of diabetes management including non-pharmacological treatments, pharmacological guidelines, and treatment strategies based on the patient’s culture and comorbid conditions. The students then apply their treatment strategies to patients at the Student-Run Free Clinic Program Diabetes Care Clinic.

SPPS 281 Ecological & Medicinal Aspects of Natural Products

This course provides the foundations of the natural product sciences, including ethnobotanical uses of plants, ecological interactions, and contemporary drug screening programs, and increases awareness of the pervasiveness of natural products in pharmaceutical products.

SPPS 283 Hepatitis Free San Diego Collaborative

Focusing on viral and non-viral hepatitis and their impacts on the community. Lectures include epidemiology, testing, diagnosis, and therapeutic management for viral hepatitis, their significance in current healthcare, therapeutic considerations in disease and medication management, and pharmacists’ and physicians’ roles in prevention and transitions of care.

SPPS 284 Scientific Writing

This course examines the elements of writing scientific papers for publication. The course is intended for students, either graduate or pharmacy, who are actively involved in biomedical research, but may also be of interest to postdoctoral fellows, residents, and junior faculty. Interdisciplinary

FPM 233 Clinical Nutrition

Clinical nutrition is the study of nutrition and diet as related to the prevention and treatment of human disease. Nutrition is an interdisciplinary field of study, built on a foundation of biomedical and behavioral sciences. This course emphasizes class discussion of clinical topics and assigned readings in current areas of research and practice (i.e., diet and cancer, vitamin and other diet supplements), with case studies and illustrative class exercises.

FPM 246 Occupational & Environmental Health

Introduction to history/epidemiology of work-related disease. A review of occupationally-related health problems (heart disease, pneumoconiosis, peripheral neuropathy, sterility, birth defects, psychiatric disease and disability. Major modalities of prevention and control are presented and the roles of health practitioners, government, management, and labor are reviewed. Course includes guest lecturers, films, videotapes, and field visits to local industries and/or clinicians treating occupational disease.

FPM 296 Doctors Ought to Care

DOC is a program that serves to educate the San Diego Community on 7 major topics (AIDS, Substance Abuse, Exercise, Nutrition, Becoming Doctors, Sex and Tobacco) that affect young people's lives. Students are responsible for developing a lesson plan and giving a presentation at a school (elementary through high school) in the San Diego area in an effort to reach out to the community. One of the major aims is to serve underprivileged areas and contribute to the health and welfare of developing minds and bodies through the powerful tool of education.

MED 234 Practical Histopathology & Mouse Models of Human Disease

The course is designed to guide investigators with the analysis of genetically-altered mice. Lecture topics emphasize use of histology, histochemistry, and immunohistochemistry in the interpretation of the histopathology of the various organ systems. Lecture topics include technical information and protocols, along with discussions on the various phenotyping methods available to help with the analysis of genetically altered mice, as compared with littermate controls.

MED 239 Health Frontiers in Tijuana

Students learn about Mexican health systems and principles and practices of global health as they design and implement health education and screening programs. Under faculty supervision, students learn how to take histories and perform physical education as well as administration, health education, and leadership.

MED 246 Current Literature in Glycobiology

This course consists of informal presentations on topics of current interest in glycobiology as represented in the current scientific literature.

MED 253 Medical Chinese

The objective of this course is to prepare medical students with the basic conversational skills required to conduct a clinical exam in Mandarin Chinese. Students will learn to use Mandarin to take a medical history and to perform a physical exam. The ability to converse in Mandarin Chinese is recommended.

MED 262 Current Trends in Biomedical Informatics

This seminar series is designed to help students understand the foundations as well as current and new directions in biomedical informatics. Discussions of cutting-edge research conducted by local, regional, national and international experts will be presented.

MED 263 Bioinformatics Applications to Human Disease

This course covers the latest advances in bioinformatics as they relate to human health, infectious diseases, and pathogens.  Students are provided with practical skills to implement what they have learned in class.  Specifically, when the course is finished, students will be able to investigate the evolution of human pathogens, determine the mechanism of human disease, and construct diagnostic classifiers.

MED 296 Student Senior Partners

During the first two years of school, individual students are matched with an older adult recruited from the community. Each quarterly module will include a preparatory didactic session, student/senior encounter and faculty-led small group discussion. This is a 5-quarter continuum.

PSY 230 Introduction to Clinical Hypnosis

Practical concepts for the clinical use of hypnosis are presented by lecture and demonstration. Instructions for self- and hetero-induction are provided and clinical applications are presented by guest lecturers from medicine and other related fields.

PSY 238 Mindfulness in Medical School

Unique course modeled on the UMass Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program, designed to reduce stress, improve well-being and facilitate the practice of present-focused awareness in patient care and daily life. Incorporates guided meditation, yoga, and supportive group discussion.

SOMI 220 Core Topics in Biomedical Sciences

CTBS introduces the more challenging components of several blocks within the curriculum of the first-year School of Medicine and second-year School of Pharmacy students. Selected topics in immunology, cardiovascular and respiratory physiology, autonomic physiology and pharmacology, molecular biology, genetics, anatomy and histology will be taught during the seven weeks of the course.

SOMI 230 Doc4aDay

Students develop and administer the educational aspects of the DOC FOR A DAY event. This event takes place as a component of community programs and is geared towards exposing inner-city kids to the possibility of pursuing a career in science or medicine. It involves students working in small groups with kids teaching physical exams, neurological exams, and anatomy. Students hold a panel to discuss issues they encountered upon choosing a career in health sciences.

SURG 232 Representing the Human Body: Drawing as a Way of Seeing

Drawing can potentially train the hand "to see" and the eye "to feel." To learn to draw the human body with empathy is to acquire valuable training in visual sensitivity and perception. No special graphic skills are required.

SURG 261 Anatomy Teaching

Updated July 2014