Rembrandt, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Niolaes Tulp, 1632.
Rembrandt, The Anatomy Lesson of Dr. Nicolaes Tulp, 1632.

The Fundamentals of the History of Contemporary Medicine is a 10-lecture course open to any member of the McGovern Medical School.

The objective of the course is to provide a base of historical and philosophical knowledge, which can enhance engagement for medical professionals.

The first lecture of the series will be held Tuesday, Jan. 17 on the topic of “William Harvey and Critical Thinking”, a discussion of the scientific method using William Harvey’s discovery of circulation as the base, by Adan Rios, M.D., associate professor of internal medicine and course instructor.

All lectures will be held at noon in MSB B.625 and include:

Monday, Jan. 30, “The Evolution Theory: Does it Matter to Medicine?”

Monday, Feb. 6, Joshua Samuels, M.D., “The History of Renal Dialysis and Transplants”

Monday, Feb. 20, “From Mold to an Antibiotic: The Penicillin Miracle”

Monday, March 13, Eugene Boisaubin, M.D., “The Role of the Civil War in the Development of Contemporary Surgery”

Monday, March 27, “The Molecules of Life: DNA, Physics, and the Birth of Molecular Biology”

Monday, April 3, Paula Knudson, member committee for Protection of Human Subjects, “The Institutional Review Boards (IRBs): The Genesis of the Protection of Human Subjects from Unethical Experimentation”

Monday, April 10, “Building of the Panama Canal”

Monday, April 17, Maximillian Buja, M.D., “The History of Cardiovascular Surgery”

Monday, May 1, “Splendid Solution: Jonas Salk and the Polio Vaccine”

The Fundamentals of the History of Contemporary Medicine is a blue book elective course (i.e. extracurricular), an optional short course designed to enrich and enhance the medical student’s core curriculum experience.

Designed for first-year and second-year medical students, the broad scope of the course may be of interest to the McGovern Medical School community and are invited to attend on a drop-in basis. Medical school students seeking credit must register for the course and attend at least 6 lectures for elective credit. For more information, contact Adan Rios, M.D. at Tel. 713-500-7766 or