Instructor: Professor Petra Lewis, M.D., Department of Radiology, Dartmouth Medical School
Project: Imaging is becoming increasingly pivotal to diagnosis and management. All physicians must have a working knowledge of the field of radiology in order to appropriately treat their patients in a cost-effective manner. AMSER (the Alliance of Medical Student Educators in Radiology) has recently developed a National Medical Student Curriculum in Radiology, which aims to standardize medical student education in radiology as well as providing a framework for course development. One of the difficulties has been how to incorporate this curriculum into medical school education.
This project proposes to develop a internet-accessible radiology curriculum for medical students, using the AMSER curriculum and the case-based format that students seem to find more intuitive. As an initial project, we aim to develop 10 cases, which would cover critical areas of most of the subsections of radiology and implement these for the radiology elective students.
Instructor: Mikhail Gronas, Russian
Overview: Students of “less commonly taught” languages (such as Russian, Arabic, Asian Languages) have fewer opportunities to practice outside the classroom than their peers in more popular languages. The main idea behind Russian Linguo-Chat is to address this problem by introducing a new venue for language practice both within Dartmouth and among those who study Russian at other universities. Russian Linguo-Chat will enable students of various levels of Russian to communicate with each other outside the classroom, to connect with their peers on the same proficiency level at other participating colleges, and, finally, to practice with native-speakers. This project proposes to use a new type of language exercise: a chat-room assignment. Periodically, students will be asked to engage in a chat-room conversation in 2 a controlled environment with one of their own (or with a parallel student at another school, or with a “guest” native speaker), and then to submit the log of the chat session to the instructor.
Instructor: Adrian Randolph, Art History
Overview: This proposal aims to furnish students participating in the 2005 Art History Foreign Study Program with the opportunity to study Roman art and architecture in a manner that heightens their visual awareness of the objects they examine, while simultaneously prompting them to reflect critically on the manner in which they present the results of their examinations. Digital video as a medium can help me achieve these pedagogic goals.
Working in groups, students will produce short videos addressing major monuments and/or themes. Their projects will require that they pursue supervised research on the subject at hand, plan out their campaign of ‘filming’ in concert with the development of a voice-over, and then edit their work into a short video for presentation to the entire class. This form of directed research matches the study of visual culture with a medium that emphasizes visual attentiveness. For in planning out their camera angles and sequences, and in contending with the vagaries of weather and light, students confront fundamental issues at stake in all interpretation of visual materials. Demanding that students spend time on-site, grappling with the physical circumstances and context of the object they are examining, they are compelled to ponder the contingent and diachronic nature of spectatorship. What is more, in grafting their own explanatory texts onto a visual stream, students are made acutely aware of the dynamic relation between word and image.