The IRCM is also an outpatient clinic with three specialized research clinics and a multidisciplinary team in the areas of hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, diabetes and obesity. It receives more than 16,000 visits every year for clinical and translational research. This infrastructure will give MCM students access to the clinical setting and introduce them to translational medicine during the summer semester, as part of the Translational Medicine Practicum course (BIM 6074).
Students will take part in clinical visits under the supervision of a senior clinician. Moreover, the IRCM clinic is affiliated with the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), which will also open its doors to students registered in the MCM option, providing them with access to a clinical setting dealing with complex diseases. While being introduced to the clinical setting, five human diseases will be discussed in theoretical courses, including metabolic diseases, cardiovascular diseases, immune diseases, nephrological disorders and cancer.
More specifically, this course has the following objectives:
- To provide students with basic biological knowledge of human diseases and the related treatments.
- To introduce students to clinical practice to help them better grasp the medical practice and facilitate collaboration between researchers and clinicians.
- To discuss ethical issues inherent to clinical research and personalized medicine.