MED - Medicine

Offered By:
Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Below are the courses available from the MED subject code. Select a course to view the available classes, additional class notes, and class times

MED 400 - Two-Week Medical Elective View Available Classes

★ 0.1 (fi 1)(EITHER, 2 WEEKS)

This represents a contract period of registration with variable start and end dates for undergraduate medical students who are undertaking clinical electives. The type of clinical elective is open to any area of specialization. Prerequisite: enrolment in an MD program and approval by the Electives Coordinator of the Faculty of Medicine.


MED 401 - Four-Week Medical Elective View Available Classes

★ 0.1 (fi 1)(EITHER, 4 WEEKS)

This represents a contract period of registration with variable start and end dates for undergraduate medical students who are undertaking clinical electives. The type of clinical elective is open to any area of specialization. Prerequisites: enrolment in an MD program and approval by the Electives Coordinator of the Faculty of Medicine.


MED 402 - Eight-Week Medical Elective View Available Classes

★ 0.1 (fi 2)(EITHER, 8 WEEKS)

This represents a contract period of registration with variable start and end dates for undergraduate medical students who are undertaking clinical electives. The type of clinical elective is open to any area of specialization. Prerequisites: enrolment in an MD program and approval by the Electives Coordinator of the Faculty of Medicine.


MED 403 - Twelve-Week Medical Elective View Available Classes

★ 0.1 (fi 3)(EITHER, 12 WEEKS)

This represents a contract period of registration with variable start and end dates for undergraduate medical students who are undertaking clinical electives. The type of clinical elective is open to any area of specialization. Prerequisites: enrolment in an MD program and approval by the Electives Coordinator of the Faculty of Medicine.


MED 404 - Evolutionary Parasitology and Cell Biology View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Eukaryotic microbial parasites cause diseases of major global health importance, including Malaria, Amoebic Dysentery, and Giardiasis. This course examines the cellular diversity of such parasites, framing it in an evolutionary context to examine not only the span of how these cells function but how they arose. Starting by surveying how various parasites fit in the overall diversity of eukaryotes, the course then examines the variation observed in different cellular systems including the nucleus, endomembrane system, mitochondria and plastids and how these can differ in parasites from the well-studied models organisms. Each organelle will be explored from morphological, genomic and evolutionary perspectives, emphasizing current literature and its critical analysis. Offered in alternating years. Prerequisites: CELL 201 or BIOL 201.


MED 501 - Clinical Pulmonary Physiology View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(FIRST, 2-0-0)

Basic and clinical lectures on: Lung Structure; Pulmonary Blood Flow; Airflow; Gaseous Diffusion; Ventilation/Perfusion Matching; Control of Ventilation; Oxygen Transport; Lung Defense; Mucociliary Transport; ARDS; Asthma; Exercise; Lung Growth; Surfactant; Lung Metabolism; Pulmonary Function Testing. Prerequisites: General courses in Physiology, Physics and Biochemistry or consent of Department.


MED 502 - Gut Microbiota in Health and Disease View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(SECOND, 3-0-0)

Integrated exploration of concepts and research methods pertaining to gastrointestinal physiology, gastrointestinal disorders, and the role of the commensal microbiota in health and disease of humans and animals. Tools to modify the function of the intestinal microflora for prevention or treatment of disease by administration of probiotic bacteria or by administration of prebiotics. Offered in odd-numbered years. Prerequisites: (*3 Microbiology or *3 Immunology) and consent of instructor. May not be taken for credit if credit has already been received in INT D 525. Offered jointly by the Departments of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science and Medicine.


MED 504 - Evolutionary Parasitology and Cell Biology View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Eukaryotic microbial parasites cause diseases of major global health importance, including Malaria, Amoebic Dysentery, and Giardiasis. This course examines the cellular diversity of such parasites, framing it in an evolutionary context to examine not only the span of how these cells function but how they arose. Starting by surveying how various parasites fit in the overall diversity of eukaryotes, the course then examines the variation observed in different cellular systems including the nucleus, endomembrane system, mitochondria and plastids. Each organelle will be explored from morphological, genomic and evolutionary perspectives, with emphasis on critical review of literature (mock article reviews) and leading discussions on constructive analysis of data. Offered in alternating years. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor is required. May not be taken if credit for MED 404 has been obtained.


MED 514 - Occupational Hygiene View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(SECOND, 3-0-0)

This course is an introduction to occupational hygiene theory, principles, and practice. It covers the recognition, evaluation, and control of common occupational health hazards including chemicals, biological agents, physical agents, and ergonomic issues. The course is not designed to prepare hygienists for practice. Prerequisite: consent of Instructor. May not be taken for credit if credit has already been received in PHS 521 or SPH 521.


Starting: 2021-09-01

MED 514 - Occupational Hygiene

★ 3 (fi 6)(SECOND, 3-0-0)

This course is an introduction to occupational hygiene theory, principles, and practice. It covers the recognition, evaluation, and control of common occupational health hazards including chemicals, biological agents, physical agents, and ergonomic issues. The course is not designed to prepare hygienists for practice. May not be taken for credit if credit has already been received in PHS 521 or SPH 521.


MED 516A - Physicianship I View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 12)(TWO TERM, 4-4S-4)

This course will encompass all aspects of the development of a physician including but not limited to professionalism, evidence based medicine, ethics, health equity, patient safety, patient immersion experiences, early clinical experiences, communication skills and physical examination, public health, health systems. Open only to students registered in the MD Program.


MED 516B - Physicianship I View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 12)(TWO TERM, 4-4S-4)

This course will encompass all aspects of the development of a physician including but not limited to professionalism, evidence based medicine, ethics, health equity, patient safety, patient immersion experiences, early clinical experiences, communication skills and physical examination, public health, health systems. Open only to students registered in the MD Program.


MED 517 - First-Year Elective View Available Classes

★ 1 (fi 2)(EITHER, 12 HOURS)

Electives time to be developed by the students in consultation with a Faculty supervisor. Open only to students registered in the MD program.


MED 518 - Optional Summer Elective View Available Classes

★ 1 (fi 2)(VAR, VARIABLE)

An optional elective of variable length, to be developed by the student in consultation with a Faculty supervisor. Open only to students registered in the MD program.


MED 518A - Optional Summer Elective View Available Classes

★ 0.5 (fi 2)(VAR, VARIABLE)

An optional elective of variable length, to be developed by the student in consultation with a Faculty supervisor. Open only to students registered in the MD program.


MED 518B - Optional Summer Elective View Available Classes

★ 0.5 (fi 2)(VAR, VARIABLE)

An optional elective of variable length, to be developed by the student in consultation with a Faculty supervisor. Open only to students registered in the MD program.


MED 520 - Pre-Clinical Exam View Available Classes

★ 5 (fi 10)(SECOND, 9 HOURS)

Final pre-clinical exam for students registered in the MD program.


MED 521 - Gastroenterology and Nutrition View Available Classes

★ 5 (fi 10)(EITHER, 6 WEEKS)

An integrated course covering nutrition, gastrointestinal physiology, pathophysiology and anatomy. Related surgical, paediatric and geriatric topics will also be addressed. Open only to students registered in the MD program.


MED 522 - Reproductive Medicine and Urology View Available Classes

★ 6 (fi 12)(EITHER, 7 WEEKS)

An overview of reproductive medicine in both genders, including discussion of conception, pregnancy and fetal development, birth, reproductive technology and relevant health-related issues in men and women. Also covered will be the physiology, pathophysiology and anatomy of the urinary tract, and management of problems in the genitourinary system. Open only to students registered in the MD program.


MED 523A - Musculoskeletal System View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 12)(TWO TERM, 7 WEEKS)

Anatomy, Physiology,Pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the disorders of the skin and the musculoskeletal system. Open only to students registered in the MD Program.


MED 523B - Musculoskeletal System View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 12)(TWO TERM, 7 WEEKS)

Anatomy, Physiology,Pathophysiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of the disorders of the skin and the musculoskeletal system. Open only to students registered in the MD Program.


MED 524 - Neurosciences and Organs of Special Senses View Available Classes

★ 9 (fi 18)(EITHER, 7 WEEKS)

Fundamental Clinical Neurosciences taught in an integrated fashion. Involves instruction in subject areas related to the head and neck, including Neuroanatomy, Neurophysiology, Neuropathology, Neuropharmacology, Neuroradiology, Neurology, Neurosurgery, Psychiatry, Rehabilitation Medicine, Otorhinoloaryngology and Ophthalmology. Open only to students registered in the MD program.


MED 525 - Oncology View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 4 WEEKS)

Principles and concepts of clinical oncology. Open only to students registered in the MD program.


MED 526A - Physicianship II View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 12)(TWO TERM, 4-4S-4)

This course will build upon the knowledge and skills derived from Physicianship I. This course will encompass all aspects of the development of a physician, including but not limited to professionalism, ethics, health equity, patient safety, patient immersion experiences, early clinical experiences, communication skills and physical examination, public health, health systems, and evidence based medicine. Open only to students registered in the MD Program.


MED 526B - Physicianship II View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 12)(TWO TERM, 4-4S-4)

This course will build upon the knowledge and skills derived from Physicianship I. This course will encompass all aspects of the development of a physician, including but not limited to professionalism, ethics, health equity, patient safety, patient immersion experiences, early clinical experiences, communication skills and physical examination, public health, health systems, and evidence based medicine. Open only to students registered in the MD Program.


MED 527 - Second Year Elective View Available Classes

★ 1 (fi 2)(EITHER, 12 HOURS)

Elective time to be developed by the student in consultation with a Faculty supervisor. Open only to students registered in the MD program.


MED 528 - Optional Summer Elective View Available Classes

★ 1 (fi 2)(VAR, VARIABLE)

An optional elective of variable length, to be developed by the student in consultation with a Faculty supervisor. Open only to students registered in the MD program.


MED 528A - Optional Summer Elective View Available Classes

★ 0.5 (fi 2)(VAR, VARIABLE)

An optional elective of variable length, to be developed by the student in consultation with a Faculty supervisor. Open only to students registered in the MD program.


MED 528B - Optional Summer Elective View Available Classes

★ 0.5 (fi 2)(VAR, VARIABLE)

An optional elective of variable length, to be developed by the student in consultation with a Faculty supervisor. Open only to students registered in the MD program.


MED 529 - Psychiatry View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 4 WEEKS)

Psychiatry is the medical specialty devoted to the study, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental disorders. Each mental health disorder will be explored in terms of definition, epidemiology, etiology, pathophysiology, signs, symptoms, investigations, treatment and prognosis.


MED 531 - Physicianship III /Transitions View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 4 WEEKS)

This course serves as a bridge of learning opportunities of the first two years to the last two years of medical school. It will include: performance of clinical skills within a simulated clinical environment, approach to radiological problems, quality improvement, and social media in medicine, clinical reasoning, and awareness of well-being. This course will build upon the knowledge derived from the Physicianship I and II courses to demonstrate commitment, honesty, integrity, professionalism and compassion in their clinical work. It will be delivered throughout the third year. Open only to students registered in the MD Program.


MED 536 - Inflammation View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(FIRST, 3-0-0)

This course will introduce the student to inflammation and its role in a range of diseases. An overview is provided on acute and chronic inflammation, inflammatory cells (neutrophils, eosinophils, macrophages, mast cells, and structural cells), inflammatory mediators, asthma and allergy, and the danger hypothesis in association with the inflammasome. The syllabus includes a mix of lectures and current topic discussions for students to present recent advances in inflammation. Lectures are the same as for MMI 436, but there will be an additional assignment for MED 536. May not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained in MMI 436. Co/Prerequisites: IMIN 371 or Instructor consent.


Starting: 2021-09-01

MED 536 - Inflammation

★ 3 (fi 6)(FIRST, 3-0-0)

This course will introduce the student to inflammation and its role in a range of diseases. An overview is provided on acute and chronic inflammation, asthma and allergy, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), viral hepatitis, liver cancer, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, obesity-related inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, and cardiovascular disease. The syllabus includes a mix of lectures and Current Topics Discussions for students to present recent advances in inflammation. Lectures are the same as for MMI 436, but there will be an additional assignment for MED 536. May not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained in MMI 436. Co/Prerequisites: IMIN 371 or Instructor consent.


MED 538 - Optional Elective Course View Available Classes

★ 1 (fi 2)(EITHER, VARIABLE)

An optional year three elective of variable length, to be developed by the student in consultation with a Faculty supervisor. Open only to students registered in the MD Program.


MED 538A - Optional Elective Course View Available Classes

★ 0.5 (fi 2)(SPR/SUM, VARIABLE)

An optional year three elective of variable length, to be developed by the student in consultation with a Faculty supervisor. Open only to students registered in the MD Program.


MED 538B - Optional Elective Course View Available Classes

★ 0.5 (fi 2)(SPR/SUM, VARIABLE)

An optional year three elective of variable length, to be developed by the student in consultation with a Faculty supervisor. Open only to students registered in the MD Program.


MED 540 - Exams View Available Classes

★ 5 (fi 10)(SECOND, 18 HOURS)

Final exams for students registered in the MD program.


MED 541 - Physicianship IV /Transitions View Available Classes

★ 2 (fi 4)(EITHER, 4 WEEKS)

This course will build upon the knowledge derived from the Physicianship I, II and III courses and will occur throughout the 4th year. Open only to students registered in the MD Program.


MED 543A - Integrated Community Clerkship View Available Classes

★ 21 (fi 84)(TWO TERM, 42 WEEKS)

A patient-centred, community clerkship based in select rural and regional Alberta communities. This course uses Family Medicine as the core of the clerkship experience to provide students with experience in continuity of care, in handling undifferentiated problems, in coordinating care for those with chronic disease, and in other key areas of family medicine and generalist specialties. 42 weeks will be spent in the rural community. The remainder of the second term will be a mix of electives.


MED 543B - Integrated Community Clerkship View Available Classes

★ 21 (fi 84)(TWO TERM, 42 WEEKS)

A patient-centred, community clerkship based in select rural and regional Alberta communities. This course uses Family Medicine as the core of the clerkship experience to provide students with experience in continuity of care, in handling undifferentiated problems, in coordinating care for those with chronic disease, and in other key areas of family medicine and generalist specialties. 42 weeks will be spent in the rural community. The remainder of the second term will be a mix of electives.


MED 546 - Medicine Student Internship View Available Classes

★ 8 (fi 16)(EITHER, 8 WEEKS)

Student internship in Medicine for students registered in the MD Program.


MED 547 - Clinical Electives View Available Classes

★ 4 (fi 8)(EITHER, 4 WEEKS)

Student internship in electives for students registered in the MD program.


MED 548 - Optional Elective Course View Available Classes

★ 1 (fi 2)(EITHER, VARIABLE)

An optional year four elective of variable length, to be developed by the student in consultation with a Faculty supervisor. Open only to students registered in the MD Program.


MED 548A - Optional Elective Course View Available Classes

★ 0.5 (fi 2)(SPR/SUM, VARIABLE)

An optional year four elective of variable length, to be developed by the student in consultation with a Faculty supervisor. Open only to students registered in the MD Program.


MED 548B - Optional Elective Course View Available Classes

★ 0.5 (fi 2)(SPR/SUM, VARIABLE)

An optional year four elective of variable length, to be developed by the student in consultation with a Faculty supervisor. Open only to students registered in the MD Program.


MED 551A - Principles of Medicine I View Available Classes

★ 17 (fi 68)(TWO TERM, UNASSIGNED)

An introduction to basic and applied medical sciences. This integrated interdisciplinary course constitutes the first year of studies toward the MD degree. Course components include: Foundational topics in medicine; Interprofessionalism and Professionalism; Endocrinology and metabolism; Cardiovascular science; Respiration; Renal biology and urology; Clinical Skills (physical exam, communication skills, longitudinal clinical experience, etc.); Public Health and Preventive Medicine; Electives to be selected by the student.


MED 551B - Principles of Medicine I View Available Classes

★ 17 (fi 68)(TWO TERM, UNASSIGNED)

An introduction to basic and applied medical sciences. This integrated interdisciplinary course constitutes the first year of studies toward the MD degree. Course components include: Foundational topics in medicine; Interprofessionalism and Professionalism; Endocrinology and metabolism; Cardiovascular science; Respiration; Renal biology and urology; Clinical Skills (physical exam, communication skills, longitudinal clinical experience, etc.); Public Health and Preventive Medicine; Electives to be selected by the student.


MED 552A - Principles of Medicine II View Available Classes

★ 22 (fi 88)(TWO TERM, UNASSIGNED)

An introduction to basic and applied medical sciences. This integrated interdisciplinary course constitutes the second year of studies toward the MD degree. Prerequisite: MED 551. Course components include: Gastroenterology and Nutrition; Reproductive Medicine; Musculoskeletal System; Psychiatry; Neurosciences & Organs of the Special Senses; Oncology; Health Systems Sciences; Clinical Skills (physical exam, communication skills, longitudinal clinical experience, clinical decision making etc.); Interprofessionalism and Professionalism; Public Health and Preventive Medicine; Electives to be selected by the student.


MED 552B - Principles of Medicine II View Available Classes

★ 22 (fi 88)(TWO TERM, UNASSIGNED)

An introduction to basic and applied medical sciences. This integrated interdisciplinary course constitutes the second year of studies toward the MD degree. Prerequisite: MED 551. Course components include: Gastroenterology and Nutrition; Reproductive Medicine; Musculoskeletal System; Psychiatry; Neurosciences & Organs of the Special Senses; Oncology; Health Systems Sciences; Clinical Skills (physical exam, communication skills, longitudinal clinical experience, clinical decision making etc.); Interprofessionalism and Professionalism; Public Health and Preventive Medicine; Electives to be selected by the student.


MED 553A - Principles of Medicine III View Available Classes

★ 24.5 (fi 98)(TWO TERM, UNASSIGNED)

An introduction to the practice of medicine. This integrated interdisciplinary course is primarily delivered in a clinical setting. It emphasizes clinical decision-making and safe evidence-based practice. MED 553 normally constitutes the third year of studies toward the MD degree. Prerequisites: MED 551; MED 552. A portion of the class may complete this course as an Integrated Community Clerkship in a rural setting. Components Include: Internal Medicine; Obstetrics & Gynaecology; Pediatrics; Psychiatry; General Surgery; Family Medicine; Selectives; Clinical Skills (physical exam, communication skills, longitudinal clinical experience, clinical decision making etc.); Interprofessionalism and Professionalism.


MED 553B - Principles of Medicine III View Available Classes

★ 24.5 (fi 98)(TWO TERM, UNASSIGNED)

An introduction to the practice of medicine. This integrated interdisciplinary course is primarily delivered in a clinical setting. It emphasizes clinical decision-making and safe evidence-based practice. MED 553 normally constitutes the third year of studies toward the MD degree. Prerequisites: MED 551; MED 552. A portion of the class may complete this course as an Integrated Community Clerkship in a rural setting. Components Include: Internal Medicine; Obstetrics & Gynaecology; Pediatrics; Psychiatry; General Surgery; Family Medicine; Selectives; Clinical Skills (physical exam, communication skills, longitudinal clinical experience, clinical decision making etc.); Interprofessionalism and Professionalism.


MED 554A - Principles of Medicine IV View Available Classes

★ 16 (fi 64)(TWO TERM, UNASSIGNED)

An introduction to the practice of medicine. This integrated interdisciplinary course is primarily delivered in a clinical setting. It emphasizes clinical decision-making and safe evidence-based practice. Substantial time is provided for student-selected electives, which may be taken at other institutions. MED 554 normally constitutes the fourth and final year of studies toward the MD degree and the qualifying examinations of the Medical Council of Canada. Prerequisites: MED 551; MED 552; MED 553. Components Include: Emergency Medicine; Geriatrics; Electives; Selectives; Clinical Skills (physical exam, communication skills, longitudinal clinical experience, clinical decision making etc.); Interprofessionalism and Professionalism; Comprehensive Examination; Subspecialty Medicine; Specialty Surgery.


MED 554B - Principles of Medicine IV View Available Classes

★ 16 (fi 64)(TWO TERM, UNASSIGNED)

An introduction to the practice of medicine. This integrated interdisciplinary course is primarily delivered in a clinical setting. It emphasizes clinical decision-making and safe evidence-based practice. Substantial time is provided for student-selected electives, which may be taken at other institutions. MED 554 normally constitutes the fourth and final year of studies toward the MD degree and the qualifying examinations of the Medical Council of Canada. Prerequisites: MED 551; MED 552; MED 553. Components Include: Emergency Medicine; Geriatrics; Electives; Selectives; Clinical Skills (physical exam, communication skills, longitudinal clinical experience, clinical decision making etc.); Interprofessionalism and Professionalism; Comprehensive Examination; Subspecialty Medicine; Specialty Surgery.


MED 555 - Geriatrics Student Internship View Available Classes

★ 4 (fi 8)(EITHER, 4 WEEKS)

Student internship in Geriatrics for students registered in the MD Program.


MED 556 - Medicine Student Internship View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3 WEEKS)

Student internship in medicine for students registered in the MD Program.


MED 557 - Clinical Electives View Available Classes

★ 10 (fi 20)(EITHER, 10 WEEKS)

Electives for students registered in the MD Program.


MED 558 - Emergency Medicine Students Internship View Available Classes

★ 4 (fi 8)(EITHER, 4 WEEKS)

Student internship in emergency medicine for students registered in the MD Program.


MED 561 - Topics in Public Health View Available Classes

★ 1 (fi 2)(EITHER, 1-0-0)

Topics may vary from year to year. Currently topics include public health surveillance, vaccine-preventable diseases, HIV/AIDS, malaria, hospital epidemiology/infection control and One Health. May not be taken for credit if credit has already been received in SPH 561.


MED 566 - Special Seminars View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi VAR)(EITHER, VARIABLE)

Prerequisite: Consent of the course instructor. Content varies from year to year. Topics are announced prior to each registration period. The student's transcript will carry a title descriptive of the content. May be repeated. Students may not take MED 566 for credit if credit has already been received for SPH 566 of the same topic.


MED 571 - Directed Reading in the Basic Medical Sciences View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Reading and study of basic medical science topics relevant to the student's chosen field of study under the direction of one or more faculty members. Prerequisite: consent of Department.


MED 573 - Directed Reading in Clinical Medicine View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Reading and study in a field relevant to the student's chosen field of study under the direction of one or more Faculty members. Prerequisite: consent of Department.


MED 575A - Nutrition and Metabolism View Available Classes

★ 1.5 (fi 6)(TWO TERM, 1-1S-0)

A seminar and discussion course in advanced nutrition and metabolism that examines current topics in nutrition and features regular seminars on alternate weeks throughout Fall and Winter Terms. A discussion group meets after each seminar. Preference will be given to graduate and postgraduate students in the area of nutrition and metabolism. Maximum enrolment of 15. Prerequisite: consent of Department.


MED 575B - Nutrition and Metabolism View Available Classes

★ 1.5 (fi 6)(TWO TERM, 1-1S-0)

A seminar and discussion course in advanced nutrition and metabolism that examines current topics in nutrition and features regular seminars on alternate weeks throughout Fall and Winter Terms. A discussion group meets after each seminar. Preference will be given to graduate and postgraduate students in the area of nutrition and metabolism. Maximum enrolment of 15. Prerequisite: consent of Department.


MED 580 - Molecular and Physiological Basis of Heart Disease View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(SECOND, 3-0-0)

The fundamental aim of this course is to take a translational aspect to heart disease by exploring the basis of heart structure and function and to understand the molecular and cellular basis for the pathophysiological perturbations in disease states. Students will be exposed to the quantitative and qualitative changes that occur in human heart disease and current potential therapeutic targets. The use of genetically modified animal models of human heart disease will be highlighted. Prerequisite: consent of Department and Undergraduate Exposure to Cardiovascular Physiology.


MED 585 - Advanced Topics at the Intersection of Health and Planning View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Exploring the importance of urban and regional planning to creating communities supportive of health in the context of the contemporary epidemics of non-communicable diseases. Prerequisite: consent of Department. Variable content course which may be repeated if topic(s) vary.


Starting: 2021-09-01

MED 585 - Advanced Topics at the Intersection of Health and Planning

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 3-0-0)

Exploring the importance of urban and regional planning to create communities supportive of health in the context of the contemporary epidemics of non-communicable diseases. Variable content course which may be repeated if topic(s) vary.


MED 600 - Introduction to Clinical Trials View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(SECOND, 3-0-0)

This is a hands on course designed to provide students with an understanding and appreciation of the theoretical and practical issues in the conduct of randomized clinical trials. During the course, students will develop their own research proposal and at the end, submit a CIHR-style grant for grading. Topics covered include background/rationale, research question, patient selection, recruitment, randomization, outcome measures, confounding and bias, sample size considerations, developing an analytical plan, designing case report forms, data management and quality assurance, budgeting, informed consent and ethical considerations, and grantsmanship. For more information, see www.epicore.ualberta.ca/MED600. Prerequisites: Introductory epidemiology (PHS 596 or equivalent), Biostatistics I (PHS 598 or equivalent) and permission of the instructor. Because of high demand for this course and the necessity of small class sizes, students are required to complete a form for registration in this course.


MED 602 - Translational Research Training Program, Module I View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 1-0-0)

The course aim is to understand principles of preclinical research and models of human disease that promote translation to early phase clinical trials. The syllabus includes a mix of short lectures, debate sessions, one-on-one and group discussions, along with student presentations on topical research oriented questions. This course is designed to align graduate students with the current trends in modern medical training and be effective translators of discovery and knowledge. Prerequisite: consent of Department.


MED 604 - Translational Research Training Program, Module II View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 1-0-0)

The course aim is to understand the principles in the conduct of early-phase versus large clinical trials and the requirements for successful translation of preclinical research: traditional and novel trial designs, endpoints, statistical challenges, regulatory and funding challenges, structure of translational teams and knowledge translation will be discussed. The syllabus includes a mix of short lectures, debate sessions, one-on-one and group discussions, along with student presentations on topical research oriented questions. This course will support graduate students to be effective translators of discovery and knowledge. Prerequisite: Mandatory for graduate students enrolled in MSc in Medicine -Translational Medicine; consent of Department.


MED 606 - Translational Research Training Program, Module III View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 1-0-0)

The course aim is to recognize the role of biomarkers in clinical research, including early phase trials and clinical care. Principles for the discovery of novel biomarkers at the preclinical and clinical level will be discussed. The syllabus includes a mix of short lectures, debate sessions, one-on-one and group discussions, along with student presentations on topical research oriented questions. This course is designed to align graduate students with the current trends in modern medical training and be effective translators of discovery and knowledge. Prerequisite: consent of Department.


MED 608 - Translational Research Training Program, Module IV View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(EITHER, 1-0-0)

The course aim is to discuss the principles of candidate drug targets in disease and drug design The importance of drug target validation at the cellular level, preclinical level and in clinical studies will be discussed. The syllabus includes a mix of short lectures, debate sessions, one-on-one and group discussions, along with student presentations on topical research oriented questions. This course is designed to align graduate students with the current trends in modern medical training and be effective translators of discovery and knowledge. Prerequisite: consent of Department.


MED 621 - The Art of Grant Writing View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 6)(SECOND, 3-0-0)

The purpose of this course is to train graduate students in preparing grant applications in order to improve their chances of future success in obtaining research funds from a major Canadian federal funding agency such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. The course is targeted primarily towards students who have completed at least one year of graduate work. Preference will be given to those planning to pursue a PhD. Throughout the course, students will be instructed on how to prepare a complete grant application package on a topic that is different from their graduate project. The proposal will be prepared in stages and completed two weeks prior to the end of the semester. Students will then prepare and give presentations for a mock site visit by the funding agency. Students will also participate in a mock peer review committee and make final funding decisions. Enrolment is limited, and registration is by permission of the Department. May not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained in NEURO 621.


MED 650A - Fundamentals for Clinical Investigators View Available Classes

★ 1.5 (fi 6)(TWO TERM, 3/2-0-0)

A biweekly lecture course covering the important aspects of becoming a clinical investigator. Each session will include a lecture followed by a full class discussion and take home assignments related to the lecture. The topics include: clinical trial design, bioethics, biostatistics, literature appraisal, grant writing, manuscript writing, slide presentation for oral presentations, teaching enhancement, time management, ethics of industry liaisons, linking basic bench research to the bedside, technology transfer, career opportunities. Prerequisite: consent of Department.


MED 650B - Fundamentals for Clinical Investigators View Available Classes

★ 1.5 (fi 6)(TWO TERM, 3/2-0-0)

A biweekly lecture course covering the important aspects of becoming a clinical investigator. Each session will include a lecture followed by a full class discussion and take home assignments related to the lecture. The topics include: clinical trial design, bioethics, biostatistics, literature appraisal, grant writing, manuscript writing, slide presentation for oral presentations, teaching enhancement, time management, ethics of industry liaisons, linking basic bench research to the bedside, technology transfer, career opportunities. Prerequisite: consent of Department.


MED 671A - Current Topics in Biomedical Research View Available Classes

★ 1 (fi 4)(TWO TERM, 0-1S-0)

A general seminar course covering recent advances across the field of biomedical research. Research topics will feature the areas of research being investigated by the graduate students and staff of the department. Other topics will provide for the acquisition of basic skills and knowledge in biomedical research and will include experimental design, critical review of the literature, communication skills, ethics of experimentation, and career development. Note: Restricted to graduate students in the Department of Medicine.


MED 671B - Current Topics in Biomedical Research View Available Classes

★ 1 (fi 4)(TWO TERM, 0-1S-0)

A general seminar course covering recent advances across the field of biomedical research. Research topics will feature the areas of research being investigated by the graduate students and staff of the department. Other topics will provide for the acquisition of basic skills and knowledge in biomedical research and will include experimental design, critical review of the literature, communication skills, ethics of experimentation, and career development. Note: Restricted to graduate students in the Department of Medicine.


MED 700A - Fundamentals for Translational Cardiovascular Clinical Investigators (#1) View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 12)(TWO TERM, 3-0-0)

[Strategic Training Fellow in Cardiovascular Research Tomorrow's Research Cardiovascular Health Professionals (TORCH)]. Is a lecture/seminar course designed to provide a comprehensive hands on exposure to a variety of research fields including Bio-medical, Clinical, Health Services, Social, Cultural, environmental and Population Health. This multidisciplinary approach will use seminars, debates, case studies, journal clubs and workshops to develop the skills and knowledge base required to implement collaborative cardiovascular research projects. Seminar topics to include: biostatistics and health economics, congestive heart failure, obesity, new technologies, vascular biology, women's issues in vascular medicine, endothelial dysfunction, and electrophysiology. Prerequisite: Restricted to students who have received consent from TORCH Executive Advisory Committee and the course coordinator.


MED 700B - Fundamentals for Translational Cardiovascular Clinical Investigators (#1) View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 12)(TWO TERM, 3-0-0)

[Strategic Training Fellow in Cardiovascular Research Tomorrow's Research Cardiovascular Health Professionals (TORCH)]. Is a lecture/seminar course designed to provide a comprehensive hands on exposure to a variety of research fields including Bio-medical, Clinical, Health Services, Social, Cultural, Environmental and Population Health. This multidisciplinary approach will use seminars, debates, case studies, journal clubs and workshops to develop the skills and knowledge base required to implement collaborative cardiovascular research projects. Seminar topics to include: biostatistics and health economics, congestive heart failure, obesity, new technologies, vascular biology, women's issues in vascular medicine, endothelial dysfunction, and electrophysiology. Prerequisite: Restricted to students who have received consent from TORCH Executive Advisory Committee and the course coordinator.


MED 701A - Fundamentals for Translational Cardiovascular Clinical Investigations (#2) View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 12)(TWO TERM, 3-0-0)

[Strategic Training Fellow in Cardiovascular Research Tomorrow's Research Cardiovascular Health Professionals(TORCH)]. Is a lecture/seminar course designed to provide a comprehensive hands on exposure to a variety of research fields including Bio-medical, Clinical, Health Services, Social, Cultural, environmental and Population Health. This multidisciplinary approach will use seminars, debates, case studies, journal clubs and workshops to develop the skills and knowledge base required to implement collaborative cardiovascular research projects. Seminar topics to include: stroke, hypertension, congenital heart disease, atherosclerosis, gene therapy, databases, aging, stents, MRI principles and the metabolic syndrome. Prerequisite: MED 700.


MED 701B - Fundamentals for Translational Cardiovascular Clinical Investigations (#2) View Available Classes

★ 3 (fi 12)(TWO TERM, 3-0-0)

[Strategic Training Fellow in Cardiovascular Research Tomorrow's Research Cardiovascular Health Professionals (TORCH)]. Is a lecture/seminar course designed to provide a comprehensive hands on exposure to a variety of research fields including Bio-medical, Clinical, Health Services, Social, Cultural, Environmental and Population Health. This multidisciplinary approach will use seminars, debates, case studies, journal clubs and workshops to develop the skills and knowledge base required to implement collaborative cardiovascular research projects. Seminar topics to include: stroke, hypertension, congenital heart disease, atherosclerosis, gene therapy, databases, aging, stents, MRI principles and the metabolic syndrome. Prerequisite: MED 700.