PATU-4054 - Curating a Medical Exhibit at UTMB

PATU-4054 - Curating a Medical Exhibit at UTMB

Elective Type: research
Curating a Medical Exhibit at UTMB
Course Number
Prerequisites: Successful completion of Year 2 
      Additional Requirements:
C-from required before registering for this elective, send c-form to Dr. Summerly (
Responsible Faculty Director:
Paula Summerly, Ph.D.
Other Faculty:
Judith F. Aronson, M.D.; David H. Walker, M.D.;
Location to Report on First Day
Online or basement of Old Red. You will need to contact Dr. Paula Summerly before start of elective to find out if you will be online or meet at Old Red.
Periods Offered
including holiday periods 9 & 10
Offered 100% Online
Maximum Enrollment

1. Students will engage and undertake original, self-directed research on UTMB medical heritage collections (including anatomical, pathological and surgical specimens, archival sources and digital resources

2. Students will have the opportunity to devise, research and curate a virtual exhibit for the Old Red Medical Museum

3. Help students gain an understanding of UTMB medical heritage collections and the history of medicine on Galveston Island (from a local, national and international perspective)

4. Students will hone their observation skills by close reading of individual specimens and medical and social historical contextual historical sources (e.g. autopsy protocols, newspaper archives, visual sources) that go beyond by the anatomist, pathologist and surgeon views.

5. It is expected that the study of interdisciplinary historical sources will enhance the capacity for patient empathy and the human condition

1. Using on-line resources, research and select historical specimens and locate them within the context of early twentieth-century anatomical, pathological and surgical knowledge.
2. Devise a theme for the exhibit (e.g. pathology, anatomy, surgery, law, ethics) and identify objects and sources that demonstrate the story.
3. Demonstrate practical historical research skills: For example, how to link a specimen to local archival and digital sources
4. Analyze and critically reflect on the creative and logistical process of constructing interdisciplinary and inter-professional (layered) specimen narratives for an exhibit geared towards the UTMB community

Description of course activities
1. Introduction to the history of medicine at UTMB and Galveston Island

2. Introduction to the history of UTMB''s former museums of anatomy, pathology and surgical pathology, the specimen collections, and the Old Red Medical Museum project.

3. Learn about qualitative historical research methods and sources

4. Applying your knowledge of UTMB history and collections, select an exhibit theme (inspired by the specimen and archival collections)

5. Introduction to the ethics of procuring, retaining and displaying historical human remains

6. Undertake self-directed historical research (using digital sources)

7. Read assigned papers and participate in related discussions (using Microsoft Team)

8. Document patient/health worker narratives for 3 specimens (including information on diagnostics, treatment, and social history)

9. Using MS PowerPoint, resent exhibit to peers and faculty at the end of week two

10. Students graded on participation, reflection, practices and their final projects

Type of students who would benefit from the course
Medical students (including IPE Scholars)

Weekly Schedule
  Clinical Activities (estimated schedule)
  Day of Week AM PM
   Average number of patients seen per week: 0  
   Call Schedule:   N/A  

Research Activities (estimated schedule)
Activity Hours per Week
Faculty Contact-Time 5
Self-Directed Study 13
Data-Collection/Analysis 13

Method of Student Evaluation
1.  Clinical Observation
  A. Where are students observed on this elective?
    Inpatient Service   Ambulatory   Surgery   Standardized patients
Patients simulators   Other
  B. Frequency - How often are students observed clinically?
  C. Format - What method(s) are used to document the student's clinical performance?
    Daily oral feedback   End of period oral feedback   Written feedback

2.  Oral Presentation
  A. Audience - To whom does the student present?
    Faculty and peers
  B. Frequency / Duration of Presentation(s)?
    Illustrated Powerpoint Presentation (30 minutes; 20 presentation, 10 mins for questions)
  C. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's presentation?
    a. Oral, visual presentation (Powerpoint) b. Each presentation should include an introduction text to the exhibit, images of specimens, archival sources and explanatory labels to accompany individual exhibits
  D. Assessment - Who assesses the student's presentation performance?
    Self-assessment   Peer assessment   Faculty assessment
  E. Method of content selection
    Current cases  Student-selected topic   Assigned topic

3.  Written Assignment (H&P's, notes, papers, abstracts, etc.)
  A. Frequency of written assignment(s)?
  B. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's written work?
    A Powerpoint presentation (that features an introduction to the exhibit, images of specimens, drawings, archival sources) and brief explanatory labels for each exhibit.
  C. Length of written assignment(s)?
    Abstract   Annotated bibliography   1 - 2 page paper   3+ page paper
  D. Are recent references required?   No    If yes, how are they selected?
  E. Method of content selection - e.g. student-selected, relate to cases, etc.?
    Students can select specimens, artifacts and exhibit theme (and content)
  F. Audience - Who assesses the student’s written performance?
    Peer Assessment     Faculty Assessment     Other

4.  Examination
    Oral   Written multiple choice   Written essay / short answer   OSCE

5.  Extra Course Activities
  What expectations do you have for the student to demonstrate participation in the elective (e.g. small group activities, seminars, thoughtful questions, providing resources, journal club, resident lecture attendance)?
    1. Students will engage in self-directed research, read and discuss assigned readings in on-line group sessions. 2. Students will document selected research findings and write a weekly reflection

6.  Additional Costs
  Please list any additional costs and/or purchases (books, materials, movies to watch, etc.) that are required for this course. Include an estimated total cost. If there are no additional costs, please enter "None".

7.  Other Modes of Evaluation
  Please explain below.
    Degree of participation and reflection.
Ability to conceive and deliver an original compelling exhibit.

8.  If this course is an Acting Internship, please complete the following:
  A. Objectives for the AI should relate directly to the Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs). Each AI should describe how the four key Year-4 EPAs that our school has identified as being Year-4 skills are assessed. The Year-4 objectives are:
1. Entering and discussing orders/prescriptions.
2. Give or receive patient handover to transition care responsibility.
3. Recognizing a patient requiring urgent or emergent care and initiating management.
4. Obtaining informed consent for tests and procedures.
Specify how the student will be given formative feedback on their clinical skills.

Year-4 students should demonstrate mastery of EPAs they developed in the clerkship year, including recommending and interpreting common diagnostic and screening tests, and performing general procedures of a physician. They should be able to demonstrate masterfully and independently skills they mastered in Years 2-3, including efficiently performing comprehensive admission-notes and succinct daily progress notes and perform accurate, concise, and hypothesis-driven clinical presentations, form clinical questions and retrieve evidence to advance patient care. They should be able to demonstrate basic understanding of and beginning mastery of collaborate as a member of the interprofessional team and identify system failures and contribute to a culture of safety improvement.

List advanced clinical skills that a student will be assured an opportunity to practice.

How specifically will this AI build on developing skills from the clerkship year to prepare students for internship?

What opportunities will typically be available to all students who take this AI (procedures, required presentations, etc.)? What opportunities may be available based on patient load/presentation or student initiative (ie. Writing a case report)?

An AI should have expectation of a minimum of 32 hours per week of clinical responsibilities. Duty hours should be capped at ACGME limits for an intern, thus up to 24 hours followed by 4 hours of activities related to patient safety, education, and handoff. Students cannot work more than 80 hours per week averaged over 4 weeks. They can only have 1 day off in a 7-day work week with 8 hours off between shifts.

Clinical responsibilities will vary depending on specialty, but how is the student functioning with work commensurate to a PGY1 with an appropriate level of training?

How is the student demonstrating drawing clinical conclusions and/or developing a management plan and documentation as an intern would do?

How and by whom will midpoint feedback be provided to the student? How will you remediate deficiencies identified at midpoint?

Acting Internship students often seek letters of recommendation following their experience. How many different Faculty will work directly with the student and have knowledge of the student’s abilities to detail in a written evaluation? Describe the degree of supervision and interaction with faculty vs. residents or other providers and how feedback will be obtained if more direct work is with residents or other providers.