Education Overview

Introduction to Clinical Medicine (ICM 900) 

This is a required course in professionalism and ethics for third-year medical students taught by SOM faculty. The course meets each month for two hours from September to June. The goals of the course are to provide a forum for critical thinking about moral, cultural, legal, financial, and social issues in clinical medicine; support the development of strong professional identity and ethics during third-year clerkships; provide opportunities for students to examine strategies for success in their clinical years in preparation for residency; and provide opportunities for self-reflection in shaping clinical practice.

PRVM 853: Responsible Conduct of Research

PRVM 853: Responsible Conduct of Research taught by HOM faculty, educates graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and researchers from a variety of scientific disciplines and clinical and laboratory workplaces in the responsible conduct of science. The course addresses major topics in research misconduct and research ethics; develops a toolkit for dealing with subject protections, integrity of the research process, and issues of data management, conflict of interest, and whistleblowing; and offers insights on ethical norms and consequences for violations.

The NIH requires that all trainees, fellows, participants, and scholars receiving support through any NIH training grant, career development award (individual or institutional), research education grant, or dissertation research grant must receive instruction in responsible conduct of research. Students who have completed the University of Kansas School of Medicine course, "PRVM 853: Responsible Conduct of Research," meet NIH requirements for this training.

Ethics Roundtable

This is a lunch hour discussion forum primarily for first and second year medical students. Department faculty serve as advisors for this student led organization, which meets monthly during the academic year. Students volunteer to present cases or articles for ethics dialog with peers and faculty.


Dr Crenner is the co-director with Dr Mark Cunningham of the second-year, required medical school module on Blood and Lymph.  The course covers the basic and clinical sciences of diseases of the blood forming organs. Dr Crenner assists with general organization and instruction in the course, and in addition covers issues in the social organization and social meaning of medicine, illustrated through examples in the history of hematology. Topics covered as part of the required material for the module include the growth of specialization in medicine and its implications for practice and public health; the relationship between commerce, innovation and scientific knowledge in the development of medical science; the changing significance and social implications of categorization by race and ethnicity in American medicine.

Elective and Graduate Teaching

Elective courses offered by Professors Crenner, Montello and Rosell are open to students in the MD and MPH degree programs and cover topics in the history of health and medicine, social issues in medicine and biomedical and clinical ethics. These courses are arranged through agreement with the individual instructor and require a pre-arranged course of reading combined with an independent research project leading to the completion of a substantial research paper.

Graduate level courses taught by faculty in the department are available through the doctoral and master's degree program in the Department of History at the University of Kansas and through the Master's of Public Health degree in the Medical School.

Consult the catalogue for the KU School of Medicine and the University of Kansas Department of History for more detail on these courses.

Last modified: Jun 27, 2017