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F200 Jewish Medical Ethics 
The advances in modern medicine have spawned a wide variety of ethical dilemmas in such areas as genetics, reproductive technology, the determination of death, organ, transplantation, euthanasia and assisted suicide. While the secular ethical approach to these issues is often well publicized and adequately represented at many medical schools, the religious viewpoint, and in particular, that of Orthodox Judaism, is rarely given a voice.  This half-module (one month) guided reading elective allows the student to choose a topic of their interest and will provide an overview of the Orthodox Jewish approach to medical issues by analyzing texts from the Bible, Talmud and Rabbinic commentaries throughout the ages.  

Prerequisites: As many of the texts are in the Hebrew language, a rudimentary knowledge of Hebrew would be helpful, although not essential.

Rabbi Edward Reichman, MD
Modules: All
Maximum: 2 students

F204 Nutrition and the Development of Chronic Disease 
There is an increasing interest in the role of nutrition and obesity in the etiology and development of chronic diseases.  Each student will be provided with guidance in reviewing literature and can potentially participate in data analysis or in developing curriculum materials.  Students can use their elective time to pursue work on a nutrition-related Independent Scholars project.  Students may have the opportunity to attend seminars and/or research meetings appropriate to the topic.  Students will meet Dr. Wylie-Rosett to select a specific focus for this elective.

Review Paper Content 

Judith Wylie-Rosett, EdD
Modules: All
Maximum: 4 students
Students should contact instructor before start of the elective for meeting time and location. Meetings will be in Belfer 1307.

 F205 Clinical Informatics and Research in Primary Care    
**Einstein students must contact Dr. Tobin for approval prior to registration** 
Students will participate in developing and implementing a web-based curriculum in evaluating the e-Clinican Project (see ), funded as part of the Health Alert Network of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (see administered by Clinical Directors Network (see, a primary care practice-based research network (PBRN) in NYC. The eClinician Project is designed to disseminate evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and to improve access to the clinical decision-support tools on handheld personal computers (HPC/PDA) for clinicians practicing in patient care. Students will help with curriculum development and evaluation, identification of online clinical decision-support tools, and provide presentations at Community Health Centers, as well as assist with (and receive co-authorship) development of articles for publication and scientific presentations. Students will also participate in a PCORI funded study (Enhancing Community Health Center PCORI Engagement (EnCoRE)) whose goal is to adapt, enhance, and implement an existing year long training curriculum designed to educate and engage Health Center teams including patients, clinical and administrative staff in Patient Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR).   

CDN Orientation Curriculum 

Jonathan N. Tobin, PhD
212-382-0699 ext 234 or
Modules: All
Maximum: 4 students 
Please Note: Meetings are held in Manhattan at the offices of Clinical Directors Network (CDN) 5 West 37th Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10018 and via web/telephone conference calls.  


F209 Culinary Medicine
The goal of this elective is provide MS4s an integrated nutrition and culinary medicine elective that includes four components: a) Classroom discussions that integrate medical nutrition therapy and theory with behavioral medicine and practice. The elective will include the following topics: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, obesity, pediatric feeding issues, sports nutrition, herbs patients use, and sustainable agriculture. b) Relevant field trips and shadowing of nutrition experts. c) Selected readings of the relevant evidence-based medical/nutritional literature. d) Four weekly cooking sessions on the preparation of multi-cultural healthy food. e) Completion of two projects: 1) Students will also analyze their own diets and compare them to national norms;  2) Students will do a medical literature research project that involves a brief review of the literature around the role of dietary fats and cardiovascular disease. 
Measurable learning objectives of elective:
Students will: 
1. Will develop beginning skills at patient counseling for the following medical nutrition topics: obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer, pediatric feeding issues, sports nutrition, environmentally sound diets, and herbs patients commonly use. 
2. Be able to briefly summarize the current evidence-based literature for medical nutrition therapy for the topics mentioned above.
3. Be able to discuss the relationships between diet and cardiovascular disease as well as some of the controversies about these relationships.
4. Enhance their food preparation skills as a tool for both better self-care and to guide patients towards healthier dietary and food preparation habits.
5. Increase their knowledge of the cultural food patterns of several key Bronx patient populations so they may suggest culturally sensitive modifications to patients' diets to improve patients' health.

Learning experience:
The MS4 Culinary Medicine Elective will be held over a four week time-frame. 
The Course Director will be present at all discussions but will also invite Guest Faculty with expertise in the 9 topic areas. The Course Director will work closely with guest faculty to insure discussion sessions are structured as interactive, lively discussions and do not devolve into a lecture.
Students will participate in 8-9 two hour discussions led by topic experts. 
Students will be expected to prepare before sessions with topic experts with assigned readings, videos and projects. 
Students will be able to shadow nutritionists who specialize in diabetes, cancer and pediatric feeding issues.
Students will participate in several field trips to learn more about patient use of herbs.
Students will participate in four cooking sessions, each culimating in a shared dinner. 
Classroom discussion sessions will use several techniques to stimulate discussion including clinical vignettes that require students to integrate the readings they've done for the session medical best practices, multiculturalism, and health behavior education.

Method of student feedback and evaluation:
1. Pre and post elective questionnaire about their dietary habits and their perception of their professional competancy with respect to counseling patients about food,  nutrition and diet therapy for chronic disease.
2. Students will be given an assignment in which they will plan the diet therapy for a patient case. They will need to take into account the medical, cross-cultural, socioeconomic and behavioral needs of the patient and back up their plan with the medical/scientific literature. They will also be asked to include a three day menu plan for the patient based on their therapeutic plan. Students will work in teams (dyads or triads depending on the class size) and each team will be given a different patient case.
3. A 20 question short answer final during the last session based on the information in the readings and discussion sessions.
4. Students will receive a passing grade in in kitchen skills if they achieve competance in four of the six following factors:
a. Competance at both sharpening a chef's knife and using it to chop and slice food.
b. Skill at accurately following a recipe but also taking the initiative to adjust seasonings as needed.
c. Skill at planning the timing of a menu item so that it is finished at the same time as the rest of the meal.
d. Maintaining an orderly and clean workstation and kitchen.
e. Presenting the finished dish in a tasteful and attractive fashion.
f. Working cooperatively with other class members and the course director.
5. Students will also be asked for their suggestions on improving the elective.

No Textbook -- Readings will be provided by Course Director to students 

Dr. CJ Segal-Isaacson
718 462-5607
Maximum # of students per module: 10
Module:  5A only
On the first day students report to: To be announced 

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