Syllabus, BIO 398, University of Colorado Hospital Anschutz Medical Campus

  • BIO 398 – INTERNSHIP IN MEDICINE, 2 CREDITS
  • Prerequisite is BIO 1080/90, BIO 1081/91, BIO 2400 and Junior or Senior Level standing. Students must also be Biology majors, pre-medical or pre-physician assistant students, and have a minimum GPA of 3.3

Key Personnel:

-Faculty Advisor: Dr. Clare Hays, (303) 615-0777, SI 2032, [email protected] (email is preferred); fax is (303) 556-6426

-Classroom to Career Hub – Internships: (303) 615-1333, 325 ADMIN, Email is [email protected] Contact Person is Kira Castle,  [email protected]

-UCH Volunteer Coordinator: Jennifer Ricklefs at 720-848-4068, [email protected], or Melissa Strickland at 720-848-4070, [email protected]


Qualifications for Internship:

§ Must be a Metro Student

§ Must have a declared MSU Biology major

§ Must have at least a 3.3 MSU cumulative GPA

§ Must be at least a junior status or 60+ credit hours completed and/or transferred into Metro.

§ If you are a transfer student, you must complete at least one semester here at MSU before registering for the program

If you meet the above qualifications:

First, Contact Dr. Hays and receive approval.

You apply through the MSU Denver Classroom to Career Hub after confirming the position with Dr. Hays. Log into Career Link, which is located in the Student Hub (msudenver.edu/studenthub) towards the bottom of the page.  Use your MSU Denver single sign-on credentials.  In the left hand navigation menu, click Internship Credit.  Fill out the form until all asterisked items in the form are filled out.  Refer to these Specific Learning Objectives when filling out your credit application.  The form will be signed electronically by typing your name and submitting it.  Approval is needed by student, C2Hub, Dr. Hays, Employer and Dr. Zajdowicz (Chair of Biology).  Once the approval process is complete, Dr. Zajdowicz will enter an override to allow you to register and notify you that you may now register for the course.  Here is more detail on the C2Hub application process:  Internship Process, self register

If approved by  Dr. Hays and you have submitted the C2Hub internship application, you will be instructed to fill out the Adult Volunteer Application through UCH’s website:  https://uclive.vsyslive.com/pages/start

Make sure to say in the comments section that you are part of the MedVantage program at MSU Denver. You will need to include 2 references and complete a background check before starting the internship. Your internship will begin with orientation and training. Refer to this link for more about UCH’s volunteer program: https://www.uchealth.org/give-to-uchealth/volunteer/  You are required to complete 90 hours of volunteer work for this internship. Opportunities are very limited on weekends and evenings. It is highly recommended that you request a broad initial area in which to volunteer such as the Emergency Department or Day Surgery since these areas see a variety of cases. You are welcome to contact the UCH volunteer coordinator to volunteer in other areas during the semester depending on the available openings. This is encouraged in order to broaden your view of the medical field. Your volunteer work will be primarily with nurses and assistants. There is a possibility of shadowing a physician, but this is a separate program. If you are interested in this, contact your volunteer coordinator at UCH and see if there are any available spots in shadowing. If you are able to do the shadowing, it will count towards your 90 hours for the internship. You need to find a physician on your own to take advantage of the shadowing opportunity.

The paperwork for this internship needs to be finalized a month before the start of the semester during which you will be registered. Any delays on your part, could result in you being eliminated from this internship.

 


 

PAPERS & ON-SITE EVALUATION

  • A total of 3 papers are required for the internship. Two of the papers are 1-2 page clinical reports of a medical procedure, disease, or type of therapy observed at the internship. The student must research the paper and include the references (at least one) in a bibliography. Depending on the chosen topic, the paper might include: Definitions of new terms, anatomical applications, physiological principles, signalment, etiology, pathogenesis, and prognosis of diseases presented, analysis of laboratory data, prognosis. Turn in the papers to Dr. Hays as an attachment to an email. Here are some good examples: C. Difficile and  Parkinson’s.
  • The last (3rd) paper is an analysis of the internship. Provide a summary of your experience. What went well and what did not. Provide information that will allow us to improve the internship in the future.
  • A formal evaluation will be done at University of Colorado Hospital too.

GRADES

The following are the minimum requirements for each grade:

GRADE of “A”

  • 3 excellent papers turned in before finals week of the semester. After you turn in the first paper, Dr. Hays will provide feedback as to whether or not it is considered an “excellent” paper. If it is not, suggestions will be provided to make it an excellent paper. You will have a chance to redo the first paper to change it to an “excellent” paper if you wish.
  • A majority of “high” evaluations from your volunteer supervisor at the hospital.
  • Completion of the 90 hours by finals week.

GRADE of “B”

  • 3 very good papers turned in before finals week of the semester. After you turn in the first paper, Dr. Hays will provide feedback as to whether or not it is considered a “very good” paper. You will have a chance to redo the first paper to change it to an “excellent” paper if you wish.
  • A majority of “medium” evaluations from your volunteer supervisor at the hospital.
  • Completion of the 90 hours by finals week.

GRADE of “C”

  • 3 good papers turned in before finals week of the semester. After you turn in the first paper, Dr. Hays will provide feedback as to whether or not it is considered a “good” paper. You will have a chance to redo the first paper to change it to an “excellent” paper if you wish.
  • A majority of “moderate” evaluations from your volunteer supervisor at the hospital.
  • Completion of the 90 hours by finals week.

GRADE of “D”

  • 2 average papers turned in before finals week of the semester. After you turn in the first paper, Dr. Hays will provide feedback as to whether or not it is considered a “below average” paper. You will have a chance to redo the first paper to change it to an “excellent” paper if you wish.
  • A majority of “low” evaluations from your volunteer supervisor at the hospital.
  • Completion of the 90 hours by finals week.

GRADE of “F”

  • Handing in fewer than 3 required papers.
  • A majority of “low” evaluations from your volunteer supervisor at the hospital.
  • Not completing the 90 hours by finals week.

BEHAVIOR/PROBLEMS:

If you run into any problems with the internship, contact one of the key personnel listed above sooner, rather than later. If you have difficulty with any of your volunteer experiences, contact Jennifer Ricklefs.


Helpful Tips from a MedVantage Student:

For those students that are going into this program in the future here are a few handy suggestions that will really help you out.
1) When you first arrive the staff will not know why you are there. Make yourself know by introducing yourself to everyone and tell them why you are there. Make sure you emphasize that you want to learn and what you want to see.
2) Try to be adventurous and feel free to wonder around the hospital and visit different departments. When you visit another department tell them why you are there and that you would like to learn about their departments. You will be surprised at how accommodating the staff might be.
3) Have patience; realize that the staff is there to serve the patients and not you. They are volunteering their time to teach you. Therefore try to help them out whenever you can. If you see they are business let them know you are willing to help them however you can.
4) Don’t go on a shadowing experiences without reading something about the field first. You will only get as much out of the experience as you put into it. If you know something about the field before you go in then you can ask questions about what you are seeing. Otherwise you might feel a little overwhelmed by everything that is going on and you will miss out on a very good opportunity to learn.
5) Try to figure out what interests you and attempt to work in that department. Try your best to support the staff whenever you can. The staff is much more willing to help someone out that helps them out.
6) Try to have fun and relax. Don’t feel like you should know everything and remember there is no such thing as a foolish question. Remember you are there to learn. My experiences with the staff showed that they were more than willing to answer any question that I had and I had quite a few!

Student Support:

Access Center for Disability Accommodations and Adaptive Technology www.msudenver.edu/access; 303-556-8387; Plaza 122.

Counseling Center (provides help with test anxiety) 303-556-3132; Tivoli 651.

Tutoring Center 303-556-4048, Student Success Bldg 230


COLLEGE OF LETTERS, ARTS, AND SCIENCES
SYLLABUS STATEMENTS – Spring 2021

Students are responsible for full knowledge of the provisions and regulations pertaining to all aspects of their attendance at MSU Denver, and should familiarize themselves with the policies found in the MSU Denver Catalog.  For more information and most recent updates from these sources, click on the links provided below.

WITHDRAWAL FROM A COURSE
The Withdrawal (W) notation is assigned when a student officially withdraws from a course via the Student Hub after the drop deadline (census date) and before the withdrawal deadline posted in the Academic Calendar. Deadlines differ proportionally for courses offered during part of a semester, including late-start and weekend courses. Students should refer to the Student Detail Schedule via the Student Hub to review drop and withdrawal deadlines for individual courses. Students who withdraw from a course are responsible for the full tuition and fees for that course. After the withdrawal deadline, students may not withdraw from a course and will be assigned the grade earned based on the course syllabus. A student-initiated withdrawal will appear as an “F” on the student’s academic record in any case of academic misconduct resulting in a permanent “F”.  For more information see “Grades and Notations” in the “Academic Policies and Procedures” section of the current Catalog, as well as the Financial Aid/Withdrawals page.

ADMINISTRATIVE WITHDRAWAL
The Administrative Withdrawal (AW) notation is assigned when a student, or representative, requests to be withdrawn from a course due to unforeseen or extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control. When the “AW” notation is assigned, no academic credit is awarded. The course remains on the student’s academic record with an “AW” notation and counts toward the student’s attempted hours. The course is not calculated in the student’s GPA or quality points.  Students may request an administrative withdrawal from the Office of the Registrar after the drop deadline (census date) posted in the Academic Calendar.  Deadlines differ proportionally for courses offered during part of a semester, including late-start and weekend courses. Students should refer to the Student Detail Schedule via the Student Hub to review drop deadlines for individual courses.  For more information see “AW-Administrative Withdrawal” in the current Catalog under “Grades and Notations.”

INCOMPLETE POLICY
The Incomplete (I) notation may be assigned when a student who is achieving satisfactory progress in a course and who has completed most class assignments is unable to take the final examination and/or does not complete all class assignments due to unusual circumstances, such as hospitalization or disability. Incomplete work denoted by the Incomplete “I” notation must be completed within one calendar year or earlier, at the discretion of the faculty member. If the incomplete work is not completed within one year, the “I” notation will convert to an “F.” Students must have completed at least 75% of the course work to qualify for consideration for an incomplete. The student must be passing the course in order to be granted an incomplete. The course counts toward the student’s attempted hours, does not count toward earned hours, and is not calculated in the GPA or quality points. Determination of eligibility does not guarantee that an incomplete will be granted. Students who meet the qualifications may request an incomplete from the faculty member who is teaching the course. The decision to grant an incomplete is up to the faculty member or at the department chair’s discretion. . . . If an incomplete is granted, the student and instructor should fill out and sign an Incomplete Agreement form to clarify what the student needs to do to complete the course. For further information, see the “I – Incompletesection in the current Catalog under “Grades and Notations.”   

BEST GRADE STANDS

A student’s grades for repeated courses will be removed from GPA calculations up to 18 semester hours, regardless of the original grade earned. If a student repeats more than 18 credit hours, the student may designate which of the course grades are removed from GPA calculations (up to 18 semester hours). Only the best grade and its associated credit will be calculated in the GPA and earned hours totals. Other attempts for the course will appear on the official academic record but will be annotated to indicate they do not count for academic credit or GPA calculation. This policy applies only to courses taken at MSU Denver, and it does not apply to courses designated as repeatable toward degree requirements.  For more information, see “Best Grade Standsin the current Catalog.

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY

As students, faculty, staff and administrators of Metropolitan State University of Denver, it is our responsibility to uphold and maintain an academic environment that furthers scholarly inquiry, creative activity and the application of knowledge. We will not tolerate academic dishonesty.  We will demonstrate honesty and integrity in all activities related to our learning and scholarship. We will not plagiarize, fabricate information or data, cheat on tests or exams, steal academic material, or submit work to more than one class without full disclosure. For further information see “Academic Integrity” and “Academic Dishonestyon the Dean of Students website.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

See the MSU Denver website for information regarding the Sexual Misconduct Policy and Title IX. For more information, refer to the Student Code of Conduct page.

Access Center – Accommodating Students with Disabilities

The Metropolitan State University of Denver is committed to providing an accessible and inclusive learning environment for all students, including those with disabilities.  Students with a diagnosed condition/disability which may impact their access, performance, attendance, or grades in this class should contact the Access Center, located in the Plaza Building, Suite 122, 303-615-0200. The Access Center is the designated department responsible for coordinating accommodations and services for students with disabilities. Students will need to provide an Accessibility Notification Letter obtained from the Access Center to their faculty to activate their accommodations.  Information pertaining to a student’s disability is treated in a confidential manner.  This “Required ADA Syllabus Statement” along with additional information are available on the Access Center website.

CLASS ATTENDANCE

Attendance during the first week of class is required. It contributes greatly to teaching and learning. Some departments determine a student’s enrollment in a course based upon attendance during the first week of class. Consult the department for more information about the attendance policy for the class that you are attending. Students who drop classes are financially responsible for those classes in accordance with withdrawal/refund policies. . . . Students at MSU Denver who, because of their sincerely held religious beliefs, are unable to attend classes, take examinations, participate in graded activities or submit graded assignments on particular days shall, without penalty, be excused from such classes and be given a meaningful opportunity to make up such examinations and graded activities or assignments provided that proper notice and procedures are followed. For further information, see the Class Attendance policies page.

ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATION POLICY

Use of MSU Denver email services should follow standards of normal academic and professional ethics, and is governed by University policies and applicable law. Inappropriate use may result in revocation of access to University computing systems, and could result in disciplinary action pursuant to the Student Handbook, Faculty Handbook, and Staff Handbook. For more information, see the Electronic Communication policy page.

RESOURCES
The College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences is committed to, and cares about, all students. To help you manage personal challenges and basic needs security, the university offer several resources. Any student who has difficulty affording groceries or accessing sufficient food to eat every day, or who lacks a safe and stable place to live, and believes this may affect their performance in the course, is urged to contact the Dean of Students (303-615-0220), the Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy (303-615-2052), or our CLAS office (303-615-0600) for support.

CAMPUS-WIDE EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS:

In the event the Auraria campus experiences inclement weather, a natural disaster, or any type of campus emergency, it is the responsibility of each student to understand any evacuation and/or “lockdown” guidelines if an emergency is declared. More information can be found at the Emergency Preparedness webpage: https://msudenver.edu/facilities/emergencypreparedness/ .

Please use the following to familiarize yourself with these guidelines:

  • Please familiarize yourself with evacuation procedures and Quick Reference Sheet located in each classroom as well as at this website: https://www.ahec.edu/for-campus-faculty-staff/emergency-preparedness/emergency-procedures/
  • MSU Denver will communicate an emergency event through RAVE notifications (text, email, voicemail). Please visit the RAVE webpage to register, review, and/or update your information: https://www.getrave.com/login/MSUDenver
  • If you need to report an emergency, you can:
    • dial 911 from a campus phone
    • Dial 303-556-5000 from a cell phone
    • Text-a-Tip to 720-593-8477
  • Attend campus-wide trainings and/or consult with your instructor if you have any other questions about what to do in an emergency

 

NOTE: If you have any difficulty accessing the links in this document, please consult the university catalog.