INMD 7013

COVID-19 Crisis Innovation Lab


Marina Sladojevic
Course Coordinator

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    Catalog Description: Since the Spring of 2020, COVID-19 has rapidly changed the education landscape for medical students. At the same time, patient care and Minnesotan home life has been drastically altered. 

    In this course, medical students spend 20 hours per week participating in virtual ongoing projects already developed by students or developing their own project.

    Interested students can search the list of active projects here. These projects range from virtually locating hospital needed protective equipment to improving our knowledge through research of the impact that COVID has had on patients, students and our community.

    For the assessment, students will be asked to log their 20 hours and report them to the course director. They will also be asked to fill out a survey anonymously(<10min). Also, to write one paragraph on their contributions/experience during the course and one paragraph on ideas for improving the course. Writing can be included as part of the course hours. Students will be expected to attend group virtual meetings 1-2 times weekly lasting approximately 30 minutes.

    Sites: OL: Online learning

    Required session attendance:

    Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode:

    • Continue or develop an innovated COVID-19 related project
    • 20 hours a week
    • 1-2 virtual meets (30 min) a week

    Direct patient care: No

    Consent Requirement: Open to student scheduling

    Course Objectives: 

    • Learn to work effectively with a virtual team
    • Make use of limited resources in a virtual setting to respond to evolving needs of a pandemic by developing a project plan and executing that plan
    • Identify areas for scientific inquiry relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic

    Graded Components:

    • Log hours work and report to course director
    • Pre and post survey
    • Short essay (one paragraph)
    • Attendance at virtual group meetings

    Grading Scale: P/N


    Allow repetition of course: Repetition not allowed

    Limited to Student Type: No

    Course equivalency: N/A

    Related curricular experience:

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    Course evaluation: MedHub