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Immunology Course 2001

  1. 1. Immunology Course 2009 Course Director: Jeffrey K. Actor, Ph.D. Office Hours: Fridays at 1:00 in MSB 2.214 •Course Scope •Schedule/Syllabus •Textbook •Essay Assignment •Team Based Learning Exercise •Clinical Correlations •AIDS Education Project •Exams and Grading
  2. 2. Course Scope • The purpose of the Immunology course is to provide a basic knowledge of the immune response and its involvement in health and disease. • The course is designed to increase clinical relevance and problem-solving skills through lectures, faculty-presented clinical correlations, essay assignments, and team learning.
  3. 3. Schedule/Syllabus • The Schedule and Syllabus are posted on Blackboard. •You are responsible for: • Material covered in lectures including clinical vignettes. • Materials in the syllabus, textbook and handouts. • Posted materials to complement the lectures. •You should: • Attend lectures and take complete and accurate notes. • Review: Audio tapes, Video tapes, Streaming Video. • Review: Web based info at Medic Immunology Page. Web page:
  4. 4. Textbooks/Syllabus • R. Coico, G. Sunshine, and Benjamini, E. Immunology -- a Short Course, 6th Edition. Wiley-Liss, 2009. The lectures are organized to match these book chapters. • R. S. Geha and Rosen, F. S. Case Studies in Immunology: A Clinical Companion (5th Ed). Garland, 2007. Examples of the role of immunology in health and disease; used extensively in the Clinical Correlations and as 'Clinical Vignettes' in the lectures. Recommended alternative texts: - Parham, P. The Immune System. Garland Publishing, New York, 2005. - Goldsby, Kindt, Osborne, Kuby. Immunology (6th Ed.). W.H. Freeman, NY 2007. - Actor, J.K. Elsevier’s Integrated Immunology and Microbiology (1st Ed.), Mosby/Elsevier, Philadelphia, 2007. Highly recommended. Texts are on Reserve at the LRC and the HAM Library.
  5. 5. Exams and Grading • EXAMINATIONS. There will be two major exams consisting of multiple choice, matching, and national board format questions. • The MIDTERM will have 80 questions (worth 1/2 point each). • The FINAL will have 80 questions (worth 1/2 point each). • Exam answers and results will be posted outside the Pathology Education Office (MSB 2.133) near the student labs and electronically on the computer bulletin board. • To contest a question, a written and signed statement must be submitted at one of the sessions scheduled following the exam.
  6. 6. Essay Assignment • Students must turn in one essay assignment worth 10 points (mandatory). • Attend one of the City-Wide Infectious Disease Rounds and provide a written review of one case. The assignment and due date is described in detail in the syllabus. Grading will be based on adherence to format described in the syllabus, on thoroughness, and on application of your budding medical knowledge. Assignments turned in late will receive half credit.
  7. 7. Team Based Exercise • A Team Based Learning Exercise will be held on May 5th. • Students will be required to address a clinically based scenario and provide answers to related questions. • The format will be similar to TBL for the Clinical Applications course. The assignment is described in greater detail in the syllabus. Grading will be based on group completion of answers to question sets. This session is mandatory.
  8. 8. Extra Credit Extra credit. Several opportunities for extra credit are available. Any combination of extra credit can be used, but the total amount of extra credit cannot exceed 6 points. Clinical Correlation Presenter (1 presentation per student) 3 points Clinical Correlation write-up (up to 2 per student) 1 point each Attendance of at least 6 Special Topics in Immunology lectures 2 points Participation in AIDS Education Project (see coordinators) 2 points
  9. 9. Clinical Correlations •2 Student Clinical Correlation sessions. Correlates are discussed by Student Presenters with participation by the 'audience' and a faculty advisor. The format of the presentations is described in the syllabus. 2009 Immunology Clinical Correlation Schedule Clin. Corr. Date Time First Case Second Case I 3/17 11:00-11:50 AM 11. Hyper IgM Immunodeficiency 18. MHC Class II Deficiency II 4/21 11:00-11:50 AM 31. Acquired Immune Deficiency 43. Systemic Lupus Syndrome (AIDS) Erythematosus Note: There are 4 Clinical Correlate sessions that are also taught by staff. These are not extra credit, but rather regular course lectures.
  10. 10. Clinical Correlations Extra credit: •Option 1. Be a Clinical Correlation Presenter. -3 points extra credit -limit of one presentation per student •Option 2. Answer study questions for both cases in a Clinical Correlation session. -1 point extra credit -can do all thee Clinical Correlation sessions Can not do Option 1 and 2 for the same session. Answers must be turned in at the Clinical Correlate session to receive credit.
  11. 11. Special Topics • A series of lectures will be given highlighting applications of immunological principles in the real world. The lectures are informal, and scheduled during lunchtime on most Fridays. • Attendance at 6 lectures will earn 2 extra points. • The lecture syllabus for the Special Topics is posted on the Medic Immunology web page. The first Special Topics lecture is scheduled for January 23rd.
  12. 12. AIDS Education Project • Students who participate in the AIDS Education Project (i.e. undergo the training and participate in projects) are eligible for two extra credit points. • Meeting: 1/16/09, MSB 2.006. •AIDS Walk 2009: a volunteer program including the annual Walk-a-thon. •Pediatric Assistance: help to children of adults involved in the Friendly Haven program. •Outreach Program: to assist in education throughout the Houston community.
  13. 13. Exams and Grading • Overall grade. The total possible points and grade assignments: Midterm 40 points (80 questions, 0.5 point per question) Final 40 points (80 questions, 0.5 points per question) Essay 10 points TBL 10 points Extra Credit Up to 6 points • Grade assignments. Honors 90-100 points High pass 85.5-89.5 Pass 69.5-85 Marginal Performance 65.5-69 Fail 65 or below