The Life Cycle Course is the final class the second year medical students take before they take Step One of the Boards and venture onto the wards. It occurs annually from early January through mid-March. Content covered includes their first introductions to the Male and Female Reproductive Systems, Pregnancy, Breast Health and Disease, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care. The course includes lectures and small group teaching sessions.
Every year, the small group sessions have been well received. Student comments include:
- "The small group cases were exceptional this block."
- "The small group sessions were well planned and useful for learning how to think like a clinician."
- "I liked the small groups a lot. The cases were well done and covered a wide reach of different disorders."
All small group sessions are held on weekday mornings at the Fitzsimons campus and last two hours each. Free parking for preceptors is provided.
During the small group session, individual preceptors facilitate discussions of clinical cases with groups of 10 - 15 students. The cases are constructed to illuminate key clinical content and highlight the bridge between basic science and clinical medicine, with the actual content of the cases determined annually. In the past, cases have included anemia in pregnancy, basic infertility evaluations, and hormone replacement therapy.
Facilitator recruitment occurs in the fall once the content of the sessions has been determined and the course schedule has been written. This typically occurs in September.
If you have any questions about becoming a faculty preceptor for the Life Cycle Block, please contact us via e-mail. Thank you again for your interest.
Sonya Erickson, MD and Andy Bradford, PhD Life Cycle Block Co-Directors