Evolutionary Medicine: An Academic Elective

Cory R Weissman


This article describes an academic elective that I partook in during the summer of 2012.  The elective was a one-week course in evolutionary medicine, a growing field that is guiding exciting new advances in medical research and clinical practice.  The course took place in the beautiful setting of Mount Desert Island in Maine, with a small group of learners of various ages and academic backgrounds.  Leaders in the field were present to discuss the bright future of this young discipline.  Through this elective, I was able to develop new perspectives on my approach to medicine.  I recommend academic-style electives to other med students looking to extend their scientific knowledge base.

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