Education Overview

Introduction to Clinical Medicine

Introduction to Clinical Medicine is a required course in professionalism and ethics for third-year medical students.  The course meets each month for two hours from September to June.  The goals of the course include the following:

  • To provide a forum for critical thinking about moral, cultural, legal, financial, and social issues in clinical medicine
  • To support the development of strong professional identity and ethics during third-year clerkships
  • To provide opportunities for students to examine strategies for success in their clinical years in preparation for residency
  • To provide opportunities for self-reflection in shaping clinical practice.

Course directors: Martha Montello, Ph.D., and Mark Meyer, M.D.

Ethics Roundtable

The Ethics Roundtable 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: Jul 25, 2013