Challenges in Healthcare


INSTRUCTOR: Barbra Roller


SCHEDULE: Monday, Wednesday 5:30PM – 6:45PM

Course Description

Challenges in Healthcare is a collaborative effort between The Honors College and the FIU Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine faculty, to expose premedical students to all facets of healthcare.

Challenges in Healthcare begins with the physician and his/her knowledge, skills and attributes. It then continues with the physician’s interaction with the patient, with the community, and with healthcare systems. By the end of the course, students will not only understand the physician in the context of community (locally, nationally and globally) and healthcare systems, but will also be better prepared to be a successful medical school applicant and an eventual culturally competent physician. The course is taught with lectures, interactive exercises and group projects. This course has restricted enrollment.

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Students will learn to:

  • Evaluate and assess your own commitment and aptitude for entry into and success in medical school or another health profession
  • Develop your interest and skills in service, leadership, communication, analysis and organization
  • Develop learning strategies, test taking strategies and strategies to facilitate time management
  • Map out the expectations and describe the rigors of achieving the MD or other degrees in healthcare
  • Be ethically aware and sensitive to the challenges faced by healthcare professionals locally, nationally, and globally
  • Be able to apply the basic history, structure, and previous policies to contemporary issues in a changing healthcare system
  • Be able to relate the sociological, anthropological, and philosophical contexts of healthcare and cultural competency to current medical practice
  • Have developed skills to work collaboratively and in an interdisciplinary manner