Curriculum adds new concentration

Beginning this fall, medical students will have a 12th option for their scholarly concentration--cardiovascular and pulmonary sciences.

The concentrations are a major component of the new medical curriculum, launched in 2003. They are designed to give students research experiences in areas of individual interest.

One of the goals of the cardiovascular and pulmonary concentration is to show students how multidisciplinary efforts can lead to new methods of diagnosing heart and lung diseases in addition to designing new treatments, said John Cooke, MD, PhD, professor of cardiac medicine. He is one of the concentration's four co-directors with Marlene Rabinovitch, MD, professor of pediatrics (cardiology); Stanley Rockson, MD, associate professor of cardiac medicine, and Philip Tsao, PhD, assistant professor (research) of cardiac medicine.

The other concentrations include bioengineering; biomedical ethics and medical humanities; biomedical informatics and clinical research; community health and public service; health services and policy research; immunology; molecular basis of medicine; neuroscience, behavior and cognition; women's health, and independent design.