Life Stages is a four-week course designed to introduce and place into clinical context the basic aspects of human development and aging from infancy through old age. The course will describe the developmental challenges of each stage and the health issues related to these challenges. The psychological, economic and socio-cultural dimensions of these life stages and their impact on health will be discussed. Clinical experiences will introduce the student to the medical fields of pediatrics, adolescent medicine, internal medicine and geriatrics. The curriculum will include topics such as: Normal growth and development, sexuality, stressors, sleep patterns, injuries, safety, substance use and abuse and nutritional changes across the lifespan. Care at the end of life, care of caregivers, goals of care and the ethical, moral and social issues during the lifespan will also be introduced.
Upon completion of the course students will be able to:
- Describe normal growth and development in infants, children and adolescents.
- Describe the growth and developmental issues of adult life and during old age.
- Identify the hormonal changes that occur throughout the lifespan and their manifestation.
- Analyze preventable accidents and injuries at various life stages.
- Recognize the impact of gender identity and sexuality on individuals across life stages.
- Understand the various ways in which individuals cope with stressors in various life stages.
- Analyze domestic abuse and violence and its impact at each stage of life.
- Compare different generational family issues at various stages of life.
- Explore the issues surrounding the death of a loved one and its impact on family members at the different stages of life.
- Understand the immunological changes that occur across the lifespan
- Summarize the key neurobiological and psychosocial changes related to normal and abnormal sleep during the various stages of life.
- Understand the biological underpinnings of substance abuse and its impact at various stages of life.
- Understand the behavioral issues that occur across the lifespan.
- Analyze various pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics processes that vary across different stages of life.
- Recognize concepts of screening and immunizations across the lifespan.
- Identify chronic conditions and the impact that these conditions have on family and society.
- Identify the different diets and nutritional issues at different stages of life with specific focus on obesity.
- Analyze the differences in pain perception and pain management across the lifespan.
- Identify the common psychological and socio-cultural determinants in our society affecting the different stages of life.
- Recognize the impact of health literacy over the lifespan.
- Display appropriate critical thinking, medical decision making and problem solving skills as related to the different stages of life.
- Work collaboratively as part of a team to develop skills in medical problem solving, critical thinking, and self-directed and lifelong learning.