University of Pittsburgh

 

Foundations of Medicine

Immunology in Health and Disease
MS-1

January 28, 2019-February 18, 2019
16 half days

Course Director
Christine Milcarek, PhD
Professor
Department of Immunology
milcarek@pitt.edu

Course Director
Chester Oddis, MD
Professor
Department of Medicine
cvo5@pitt.edu

Course Director
Lisa Borghesi, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Immunology
borghesi@pitt.edu

 

Course Description

Healthy immune responses to biological challenges and pathology resulting from diseased immune systems are presented in this course.

The goals of the course are for students to gain a basic knowledge and understanding of:

  1. fundamental concepts of the immune system and its role in protecting us from infection.
  2. rheumatic diseases that have an immunologic basis.
  3. innate and adaptive immunity specifically focusing on cell-mediated and humoral immune responses as well as effector mechanisms in both of these processes.
  4. concepts of immunologic tolerance.
  5. autoimmune disease and immunodeficiency syndromes.
  6. pharmacologic concepts as they relate to the management of patients with immunologic and rheumatic diseases.

The 37 faculty are from 5 departments: Immunology, Medicine (Division of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology), Otolaryngology, Pathology, and Surgery.

Educational Methods

 

Lectures Self-study materials on the web Optional self-study practice exams on the web    
Small-group problem-based learning sessions Patient workshops In-class practice exams    

 

Evaluation

Evaluation for this course is based on attendance at small-group sessions (10%) and a final exam that consists of multiple-choice questions written by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) (90%).

Grading: The weighting of the course grade within a block grade is based on the length of the course. Grading for the block is Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory.

Faculty Note

Course Director Christine Milcarek, PhD, and Georgia Duker, PhD, are members of the UPSOM Academy of Master Educators. In addition, Dr. Duker is a recipient of the Kenneth E. Schuit Master Educator Award.