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Elective Title: 93ZL710 — HISTORY OF MEDICINE


This class meets twice to three times weekly and will consist primarily of reading and discussion. Students must attend all in-class seminar sessions and actively participate in the in-class discussions. Each student is required to complete the three class assignments. Each student is also required to complete the final project-- either a 10-page typed, double-spaced research paper on any history of medicine subject or a 1-hour PowerPoint presentation (complete with annotated bibliography and speech notes) jointly agreed upon by the student and Dr. Gunderman. Goals: To develop a greater appreciation for the history of medicine and stimulate a lifelong interest in learning more about the origins and developments of their chosen profession.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Dr. Richard Gunderman (rbgunder@iupui.edu )

Director: Richard Gunderman, M.D., Ph.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IUSM - Indianapolis

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Explain the physician's role within the social and community contexts of healthcare (SBP1)

  • 2) Apply and enhance their critical reading and writing skills (PBLI1)
  • 3) Explore a specific topic in depth in the history of medicine (PBLI1)


  • Professional Development Evaluation Form; (Assignment #1 (short paper) 15%; Assignment #2 (second paper) 20%; Class Participation 15%; Final Project (research paper) 50%)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: N/A

Time Distribution: 30% Research; 30% Lecture/Seminar; 40% Library

Elective Type Category: PD - Professional Development

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Dr. Richard Gunderman (rbgunder@iupui.edu )

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None