HMED 7500

Historical Research for Medical Students

Curriculum Focus
Clinical Level
MS Year
Terms Offered



Catalog Description:  This course is designed to acquaint third and fourth year medical students with the sources and the methods of historical research in medical topics and to allow them to undertake a short research project on a topic which they help design. Possible topics include the development of the speciality they plan to enter, the history of a particular disease, or aspects of the health care system. The research project will result in a short paper or presentation.


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Unspecified Site for Academic/Research Purposes

Biomedical Library and Wangensteen Historical Library, Diehl Hall; and Andersen Library, West Bank

Required session attendance:

Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode:  Student will meet up to 4x week with course personnel to plan, develop, carry out, and revise and finalize research project. The majority of student's time will be independent research time, which will be based on Wangensteen Library and Andersen Library hours (M-F 8.30a - 4.30p) and more flexible hours when using Biomedical Library and web-based sources. Student will prepare a draft of the paper or presentation and revise it, based on course personnel feedback, to complete final paper/presentation.

Direct patient care:  No

Consent Requirement: Arranged. Email course contacts for details and approval to schedule.

Course Objectives:

  • To learn some of the basic issues and sources in the history of medicine.
  • To design a historical research project.
  • To gain familiarity with how historical sources may be found and to use a historical library or archive for research purposes.
  • To prepare a research paper or presentation in medical history using the standard scholarly apparatus to make and document an argument or interpretation.

Graded Components:

  • Final research paper or presentation

Grading Scale:  H/E/S/N


Course Personnel: Dr. Jole Shackleford

Allow repetition of course: Repetition allowed up to 2 times

Limited to Student Type:  No

Course equivalency:  N/A

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