T1 Electives


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Family & Community Medicine


Health Care Policy and Reform

The course will focus on the necessity and content of health care reform--including its current status and future implications for both physicians and patients--by examining:
1. The evolution of health care provision and payment in the US
2. Questions regarding cost, quality improvement, and government programs
3. The Affordable Care Act and ongoing health policy reform
4. Health care systems both locally and internationally

Dr. Richard Culbertson, Course Director (


Grading Policy: Pass/Fail only.  Attendance of all sessions.  Can miss one session, any subsequent absences will require a make-up assignment.
Enrollment: Elective is open to T1s and T2s. Maximum 50 students; minimum 1 student.

Time of course: Time to be individually arranged

Sessions Offered: 1 and 2


CHSC 665 Nutrition for Health Professionals

Not offered Spring 2017

Combines basic nutrition science (the basic nutrients, their food sources, function and metabolism in the human body), nutritional health promotion (role of nutrition in preventing chronic disease), and medical diet therapy (dietary management of patients with chronic disease).

Dr. Rose/Dr. Inserra, Course Directors
Phone: (504) 988-5742
Fax: (504) 988-3540
Enrollment: T1s and T2s - Offered Sessions 3 and 4 (must take both sessions for full course content). REQUIRES A MINIMUM OF STUDENTS ENROLLED TO BE OFFERED.


Pre-clinical Summer Primary Care Elective

Pre-clinical students may apply to participate in a 4-week primary care preceptorship program during the summer following their T1 year. Preceptorships are arranged with practitioners, group practices, or clinics in the disciplines of Family Practice, General Internal Medicine, General Pediatrics, or OB/GYN that provide primary care in rural or medically-disadvantaged areas throughout Louisiana. As this is an early clinical experience during the basic science years of medical education, the approach to this preceptorship has been characterized by some as an 'observer-ship' reflecting the limited ability of the early trainee to participate in independent patient care. However, the preceptorship provides a rich opportunity for early development of clinical skills and application of basic science knowledge.

This program is offered in conjunction with Louisiana's Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), and LSU Health Science Centers in New Orleans and Shreveport.  Applications will be available through the Department of Family and Community Medicine in December of each year. Interviews will then be conducted with notification of acceptance in March. Preceptorships take place during June and July.

  Interested students meeting participation criteria should inquire and apply early. Specific location and specialty preferences will be honored by AHEC when possible. Students must be prepared to relocate for the duration of their participation. Housing arrangements vary by site but are arranged through AHEC.

Coordinator:         Lisa Dougherty (
Phone: (504) 988-4700
Fax: (504) 988-4701
Enrollment: Rising T2s by application (numbers accepted vary based on funding and number of applications received.) Session: four weeks during the summer between T1 and T2 years.


Family Medicine Elective

The Department of Family and Community Medicine will work with interested preclinical students on a one-on-one basis to arrange individualized clinical experiences with an area Family Physician, approximately one afternoon per week or at least four afternoons during the course. The purpose of this experience is to expose students to the practice of office-based primary care early in their training. Students will be expected to make a commitment to regular participation with their preceptor, and will be encouraged to arrange participation in weekend and after-hours call experience, based on student and preceptor availability.

Rade Pejic, M.D., M.M.M., Course Director
Contact Person: Adam Peltz
Phone: (504) 988-4705
Fax: (504) 988-4701
Enrollment: Students: T1 or T2. Session: One afternoon per week or a minimum of four afternoons per six week course, based on student and preceptor availability. Available all year.  Enrollment completed only after meeting with Dr. Pejic, other FCM faculty, or staff to discuss.

Tibetan Refugee Health

This elective is a 2-week international rotation in Dharmsala, India, where students will gain experience working in an under-served global health setting, while providing health services to Tibetan refugees.  Daily activities will include medical assessments of refugees, team meetings with attending physician, lectures by various local medical experts, tours of local medical facilities, and opportunities to learn from local practitioners. Students will be supervised by a board-certified physician during the rotation.  The 2-week elective will be followed by an optional week of organized travel to experience further cultural immersion.

COURSE OUTLINE/SCHEDULE (subject to change at any time)  (Tibetan Refugee Health Rotation document)

Grading Policy: The elective will be graded in a “Pass/Fail” manner. In order to receive a grade of “Pass” the students must complete the following:

  1. Complete the required pre-course reading, pre-travel requirements, and survey.
  2. Participate in all of the scheduled activities as described in the “Elective Schedule” section and receive a “satisfactory” evaluation by the attending physician.
  3. Complete a journal with daily entries observing the following:
    • Common health problems and diagnoses found in Tibetan refugee population
    • Health care systems-related challenges faced by the Tibetan refugee population and the physicians who care for them
    • How the Indian healthcare system differs from the U.S. healthcare system
    • Meaningful interactions with the Tibetan refugees

Course Director: Rebekah Byrne, MD MPH
Office Phone: 504-988-9000

Neil Guidry, Director of Louisiana Himalaya Association
Jocelyn Pinkerton

Course Time: June 7-June 21, 2017 with optional travel and cultural experience June 22-28, 2017
Location: Dharamsala, India
Registration: Email Dr. Byrne rbyrne@tulane.eduto register for this elective.

1430 Tulane Ave, New Orleans, LA 70112