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: