SOM Preclinical Preceptorships

Course Title
Microbiology & Immunology Preclinical Preceptorship Elective
Course Number
Prerequisites: Successful completion of year 1 
      Additional Requirements: Contact Course Director well in advance to obtain approval of faculty wishing to work with.
Responsible Faculty Director:
Tia Wang, MD
Other Faculty:
Lynn Soong,MD and Primary Microbiology and Immunology faculty.
Available Dates
• 8-week block: 4/25/2022 - 6/17/2022
Application Submission Deadline
Maximum Enrollment
No Cap

Where and to whom the application should be submitted
 Confirm earlier (1) with faculty member in whose lab the work will be done; (2) with course director.

Goals & Objectives
 To participate and gain experience in one of the five program areas in immunology and microbiology. Research projects can be selected from the five major disciplines of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, including: Molecular Biology and Pathogenesis of Bacteria, Viruses and Parasites; Cellular and Molecular Immunology; Structural Biology. By the end of this elective, the student will be able to design a basic research project related to Microbiology and Immunology, know the appropriate methods for completing the research, and analyze the data acquired.

Description of course activities
 Students will work closely with a faculty member (see listing below) in developing a research project for the elective period through a review of the current literature, statement of a problem, formulation of the experimental design, execution of planned experiments, and analysis of data. All students, esp. students planning specialties that emphasize infectious diseases e.g., internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine).

Method of student evaluation
Check all that apply - complete appropriate section(s) only:
1.  Clinical Observation
  A. Frequency - How often are students observed clinically?
  B. Format - What method(s) are used to document the student's clinical performance?
    Daily oral feedback   End of period oral feedback   Written feedback   Other

2.  Oral Presentation
  A. Audience - To whom does the student present?
    Mentoring faculty and associated lab personnel.
  B. Frequency / duration of presentation(s)?
    The student will attend and participate in the weekly laboratory meetings to discuss data generated during the previous week. Journal club presentations by students: Students will actively participate every week in the discussion of the paper being presented. The student is responsible for presenting at least one paper for discussion during the elective.
  C. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's presentation?
    Overhead transparancies and/or PowerPoint presentations.
  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)?
    Lab notebook will be reviewed at the end of the elective.
  B. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's written work?
    To keep a detailed laboratory notebook.
  C. Length of written assignment(s)?
    Abstract   Annotated bibliography   1 - 2 page paper   3+ page paper
  D. Are recent references required?
    Yes           No
  E. Method of content selection - e.g. student-selected, relate to cases, etc.?
    Will be negotiated between faculty and student.
  F. Audience - Who assesses the studentís written performance?
    Peer Assessment     Faculty Assessment     Other

4.  Extra Course Activities
  What expectations do you have for the student to demonstrate participation in the course (e.g. small group activities, seminars, thoughtful questions, providing resources, journal club, etc.)?
    Frequent discussions with the mentor and thoughtful questions pertaining to the research project are expected.

5.  Other Modes of Evaluation
  Please explain below.
  The supervising professors will be in close and daily contact with the student via conferences and discussions with student. Grades will be assessed by the faculty mentor and reported to the course director.


6.  Stipend Availability
  Yes           No           Maybe