MEDPREP Courses (Academic Year 2007-2008)
Required MEDPREP Courses
MEDP 400A – Orientation
(1 credit hr., Fall Semester, P/F)
This course is designed to examine the factors related to the medical school admissions process. The course focuses on the mechanics of applying to medical school, understanding the admissions criteria, self-assessment as a medical school applicant, and preparation for becoming a competitive applicant. Through class discussions, written and oral assignments, and guest lectures, the student develops a comprehensive understanding of the medical school admissions process.
MEDP 400B – Medical Seminar
(1 credit hr., Spring Semester, P/F)
By utilizing information acquired in MEDP 400A (prerequisite), students examine, in detail, medical school admissions policies, as well as factors related to medical education including: curriculum, grading and promotion practices, support services, and medical specialty fields. The course utilizes two primary strategies to deliver the course content: (1) guest speakers and (2) oral/written reports.
MEDP 401A – Academic Enrichment (formerly Learning Skills)
(1 credit hr., Summer Semester; 1 credit hr., Fall Semester)
Academic Enrichment provides students with the opportunities to develop skills that will provide a foundation for successful learning in medical/dental school and as a health care provider. Improvement is dependent on the students' willingness to change (by abandoning ineffective habits) and on their motivation to develop more desirable strategies. The course is designed to assist students in: 1) evaluating their own learning styles, 2) utilizing new strategies and techniques for a higher level of learning and testing, 3) acquiring new information and techniques for becoming more organized and active learners, and 4) learning how to manage stress and text anxiety.
MEDP 401E – Convocation
(1 credit hr., Fall and Spring Semesters, S/U)
Convocation is designed to give MEDPREP students an opportunity to hear speakers address a variety of topics that will enhance their experience within the program as well as in medical school. Some former topics have been on the Problem Based Learning Curriculum, medical ethics, the application process, financing medical school and using the internet.
MEDP 401I – Career Development
(1 credit hr., Summer Semester, P/F)
During a student’s first summer at MEDPREP, he/she is involved in a variety of activities. This course includes seminars and speakers, quantitative skills, and career development.
MEDPREP MCAT Applications Courses
MEDP 401C – Quantitative Skills
(1 credit hr., Fall and Spring Semester, P/F)
This course is designed to accomplish two purposes: (1) to help students to be successful in their course work at SIUC, such as math, physics, chemistry, and biology, by increasing their quantitative proficiency, and (2) to help students obtain scores on the MCAT sufficient for admission to a medical school.
MEDP 401F – Verbal Reasoning and Writing
(1 credit hr., Summer Semester; 2 credit hrs., Fall and Spring Semesters)
This course is designed to assist students in developing the reading and writing skills they will be tested on during the MCAT and used throughout their professional and personal lives. Students will work on: 1) developing higher-level critical reading skills through component analyses and summarizing of passage writings, 2) analyzing passages, questions, and answer stems, 3) charting errors to develop personalized VR rules, 4) developing flexibility in test-taking and computer strategies, 5) strengthening writing in terms of language and organization, 6) building vocabulary, and 7) reading a variety of articles to increase literary schema.
MEDP 403G – Biology Applications
(1 credit hr., Summer Semester; 2 credit hrs., Fall Semester; 3 credit hrs., Spring Semester)
Biology Applications is a team-taught course that covers the biology topics listed in the AAMC Student Manual for the MCAT. This course is designed to help the student prepare for the MCAT and medical school. Emphasis is placed on improving problem-solving skills and increasing the student's knowledge base. (This is a continuation course. It is not recommended that students take the spring semester without taking the fall semester.)
MEDP 404A – Inorganic Chemistry Applications
(1 credit hr., Summer Semester; 2 credit hrs., Fall Semester)
Inorganic Chemistry Applications is a review of the inorganic chemistry concepts considered important to medicine, practice of standard problem-solving methods, and practice in the techniques needed to specifically handle the passage format of the MCAT. The material covered is all of the chemistry topics and the atomic physics topic listed in science section of the AAMC Student Manual for the MCAT.
MEDP 404C – Organic Chemistry Applications
(3 credit hrs., Spring Semester)
Organic Chemistry Applications is comprised of a review of the organic chemistry concepts considered important to medicine, practice of standard organic chemistry problem-solving methods, and practice in the techniques needed to specifically handle the passage format of the MCAT. Organic Chemistry Applications will cover all of the seven organic chemistry topics listed in the biological sciences sections of the AAMC Student Manual for the MCAT.
MEDP 405A – Physics Applications
(1 credit hr., Summer Semester; 1 credit hr., Fall Semester; 2 credit hrs., Spring Semester)
Physics Applications is a comprehensive overview of topics from a basic college physics course. The topics covered are those listed in the AAMC Student Manual for the MCAT. The content review is based on MCAT-type passages followed by practice on calculation and extensive study of concept questions. Mathematical estimation and test-taking techniques are also emphasized. (This is a continuation course. It is not recommended that students take the spring semester without taking the fall semester.)
MEDPREP Courses for First-year Medical School Enhancement
MEDP 402C – Clinical Experience
(1 or 2 credit hrs., Fall, Spring or Summer Semesters, P/F)
The Clinical Experience course is a one- or two-credit elective course offered each semester (fall, spring, and summer). The primary goal of Clinical Experience is to enable MEDPREP students to gain exposure to a health-related environment under the direct supervision of a practicing health care provider. This involves the cooperation of an outside agent or agency to serve in the capacity of site supervision. In most instances the site supervisor is a practicing physician.
MEDP 402D – Independent Research
(3 credit hrs., Summer Intersession only, P/F)
This problem based learning course provides an educational enrichment experience for students to develop skills in problem-solving, self-directed learning, self-assessment and interpersonal communication. Students build, organize, articulate and use knowledge necessary for understanding and solving the problems encountered.
MEDP 403A – Medical Genetics
(2 credit hrs., Springl Semester)
This seminar-style course focuses on a subset of human genetic diseases. In the process of learning about these diseases, students will gain experience with: Using online medical genetic resources; reading, interpreting and orally presenting/discussing medical genetic literature (primary publications and reviews); the complex relationships between genotype and phenotype; current methods and future developments related to identifying disease alleles and treating genetic-based diseases in humans; the importance of model organisms in understanding human genetic diseases; ethical issues in human genetics; and self-directed and problem-based learning.
MEDP 403F – Hormonal Regulation of Reproductive Function
(2 credit hrs., Fall Semester)
This course provides an opportunity for students to master some of the medical school content in endocrinology and develop problem-solving skills needed for medical school. The course covers topics such as: hormone action, feedback mechanisms, sexual differentiation, puberty, female and male reproduction, pregnancy, lactation, and contraception.
MEDP 403E – Medical Immunology
(2 credit hrs., Spring Semester)
This course provides a balanced presentation of basic immunologic principles as well as selected aspects of primary immunologic diseases and disorders with important immunopathologic characteristics.