Program in Liberal Medical Education

PLME Courses

Learn more about the specific courses involved in the PLME curriculum.

PLME1000: PLME Senior Seminar in Scientific Medicine

The PLME Senior Seminar (PLME 1000), offered in the fall semester, is mandatory for seniors. This integrative science course, designated as a DIAP (Diversity and Inclusion Act Plan) course, will supplement the preparation of PLME students for the study of medicine in the 21st century. The course will use both didactic, small-group, reflective, and multiple-choice question based-approaches to explore multiple areas of medicine such as firearm violence, diversity in gender and sexuality, breast cancer and palliative care, and the opioid epidemic. One of the goals of the course is to transition PLMEs to The Warren Alpert Medical School; therefore, completion of PLME 1000 is an academic expectation of all PLME students

PLME0400: Intro to Medical Illustration

This semester course explores the field of medical illustration and its many facets. Depiction of diseases, anatomy, medical practices and surgical procedures has been around since antiquity. Not only has medical illustration evolved over the centuries, it has played the role of historian, documenting the beliefs and knowledge of its time. Today, medical illustration is as present as ever despite the advent of other methods of medical documentation, including photography and videography.

PLME0700: Communication in Health Care

Communication is central to medical, nursing, public health and therapist practice and interpersonal relationships between patients and physicians/clinicians can be powerful curative agents. This course reviews theory and research on physician-patient communication. On-line videos, readings, discussions and exercises are enhanced by conducting and analyzing patient interviews. Appropriate for students interested in communication sciences, health psychology, health education, pre-med and other clinical training, and medical anthropology. The final project includes a presentation and written paper based on the interview of 3 patients in the sphere of the student's family/friends about their experience in health care. Simple qualitative methods are used to analyze 2 or 3 themes that emerge.   

PLME0800: Wilderness, Disasters, and Global Health

“Wilderness, Disasters, and Global Health” is an interdisciplinary and integrative science course that explores the provision of medical care when challenges exist with regard to transportation, communication, equipment, facility infrastructure, medication supply lines, and the affordability and availability of skilled healthcare providers. This course is primarily designed for PLME seniors interested in the outdoors, healthcare, or a science-based field. Instructor is an emergency physician, and anyone planning to pursue a medical career will learn skills to prepare for, and respond to, emergencies in a variety of limited resource environments.