Simulations in Cardiovascular Physiology

This selective is the perfect complement to the simultaneous material seen in Physiology. This is one of the few classes that you’ll take first year that will teach you useful clinical skills. What made EKGs easier to understand? The 2+-hour physio talk? Or, the 1-minute cardio sim explanation. DEFINITELY cardio sim.

— Mike R., M1

MS I Journal Club

The journal club group tends to be pretty small, allowing for true conversation about the articles, which, by the way, we choose ourselves. We read everything from a paper about male birth control that measured a lot of mouse testicles, to an anthropology article about hallucinogenic drug tourism in the Amazon.

— Rachel C., M2

Introduction to Anesthesia

Be warned, if you take this selective, you WILL leave with your heart set on the four-year residency path to happiness that is called anesthesiology. Think of the impact you too can make on people’s lives, all while they’re asleep and will have no idea that you helped them. Seriously though, this selective is cool people talking about a cool job. Take it!

— Lucas T., M1

 Introduction to Emergency Medicine

No one wants to be the doctor who’s useless in an emergency — so sign up for Intro to EM I today! Not only is Dr. Wichelman an amazing lecturer, with tons of infectious energy and great stories about her adventures backpacking, but the material just might help you save someone’s life (or at least their testicle). Our lectures have included fun facts about snake venom, why quick medical action might have saved Princess Diana, and even a lesson on ballistics.

— Lauren B., M1

Saturday Neighborhood Health Clinic (SNHC)

The SNHC selective melds first-hand experience managing a small free clinic with the classroom experience considering major issues in the delivery of low-cost primary care to those who need it in St. Louis. Outside of class participants trade off coordinating the free SNHC clinic each Saturday. In class, different speakers address public health, primary care, strategies for coordinating discounted care, and more.

— Jennifer F., M1

Terminal Illness and Death

Quite a bit of reading is required for this selective, but the instructor is understanding and not strict about students having to complete it. The content of the selective was helpful and enlightening as I think most of us picture our careers in terms of curing people, when death will inevitably be a part of them.

— Jordan C., M2

Music and Medicine

Dr. Cheng (also second-year renal coursemaster) and Dr. Windus (also teaches in second-year renal) are very nice people. This selective has no homework, and was still quite fun. Take it if you enjoy music, want to meet two physicians who are also first-rate musicians, and are looking for a light, happy and enjoyable selective.

— Randy L., M2