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Education Overview

ICM 900 Introduction to Clinical Medicine

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. 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 whistle blowing; 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.

HPMD 909

The Clendening Summer Fellowship provides support for eight to ten medical students to pursue independent research between the first and second years of medical school. Successful fellows gain the opportunity to grow personally and professionally through individually created projects that explore the social, moral and historical dimensions of medicine and healing. With mentorship from faculty in the Department of History and Philosophy of Medicine and financial support from the program, students can choose to pursue their research either internationally or in the U.S. To apply for a fellowship, students submit a formal proposal that includes a description of the project and its goals and methods, as well as a detailed budget and bibliography. In the methods section, students will describe the primary source material (be it archival, ethnographic interviews, or a data set, etc.) required to complete their project and their current ability to access or generate the material.
Applications are due each year in February. Questions about the fellowship should be addressed to Dr. Tarris Rosell, 913-588-3066, or Dr. Jason Glenn 913-588-0076,, co-directors of the Clendening Summer Fellowship Program. The Wichita coordinator is Dr. K. James Kallail,
To apply for a fellowship, students submit a formal proposal that includes a description of the project and its goals and methods, as well as a detailed budget and bibliography.

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.

Socially Responsible Surgery

Socially Responsible Surgery is a Medical Student-led Organization that aims to establish social responsibility as a core value of surgical practice. This includes equal access to surgical care, eliminating healthcare disparities, increasing patient advocacy, as well as educating and serving our local and global community. For questions please contact Nick Morse -

Elective and Graduate Teaching

Elective courses offered by Professors Crenner, 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 21, 2020