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Objectives

  • Students will learn the normal changes in structure, function, thought, and behavior through the life cycle, as influenced by biological and environmental factors.
  • Students will learn how the above information is integrated into clinical encounters with patients.
  • Students will be exposed to societal problems and research questions related to human growth and development.

Textbooks

  • The Developing Person Through the Life Span, 6th Ed. Kathleen Berger, Worth Publishers
  • Human Behavior: An Introduction for Medical Students, 3rd Ed. Alan Stoudemire, Lippincott - Raven

Lecture Schedule and Reading Assignments

Week 1
Lecture Introduction to Course (30 minutes) - J. Schindelheim, M.D.
Readings Required:
Stoudemire-Chapter 3, Chapter 1
Berger-Part 1
Syllabus-Introduction

Lecture Overview of Physical Development (1 hour) - L. von Hahn, M.D.
Readings Required:
Stoudemire-Chapter 8
Elective:
Denver II: Developmental Milestones and their Normal Periods of Acquisition

Lecture Working With Families of Children with Developmental Disabilities (50 minutes) - J. Geyer, LICSW
Readings Required:
Berger - Part IV, Chapter 11
Elective:
Patterson, Understanding Family Resilience
Seligman, Ch 3: Initial and Continuing Adaptation to the Birth of a Disabled Child, R.B. Darling
Krauss, An Unanticipated Life: The Impact of Lifelong Caregiving -Kingsley, Welcome To Holland

READINGS FOR LECTURE WEEKS 2, 3, 5, 8, and 9: Berger Parts II, III & IV

Week 2
Lecture Overview: Motor & Neurological Development (1.25 hours) - L. von Hahn, M.D.
Readings Required:
Stoudemire - Chapter 8
Lecture Atypical Motor Development (1 hour) - H. Webster, M.D.
Readings n/a

Week 3
Lecture Overview: Cognitive Development (1.25 hours) - A. Hurley, Ph.D.
Readings Required:
Stoudemire - Chapter 8
Elective:
A. Baddeley, Working Memory

Lecture Impact of Race, Culture and Ethnicity on Development (1 hour)
Readings Required:
E. Graham, Economic, Racial, and Cultural Influences on the Growth and Maturation of Children, Pediatrics in Review, Vol 26. August 2005.
J. Blanchard and N. Lurie, R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Patient Reports of Disrespect in the Health Care Setting and Its Impact on Care. The Journal of Family Practice, September, 2004

Week 4
Lecture Overview: Theories of Psychological Development (1.25 hours)
Readings Required:
Stoudemire - Chapter 5
Chapter 6 Berger - Part I, Chapter 2
Elective:
Gardiner, H. Developmental Psychology, 2nd Edition, Little Brown and Company: Theories and Facts in Developmental Psychology

Lecture Recognizing Normal and Disordered Development in Children (1 hour)
Readings n/a

Week 5
Lecture Social & Emotional Development of Childhood (1.25 hours)
Readings Required:
Stoudemire - Chapter 8
Elective:
Gardiner, H. The Origins of Child Study

Lecture Youth Violence (1 hour)
Readings Elective:
Sege, R. Peer Violence and Violence Prevention

Week 6
Lecture Behavioral and Psychological Effects of Developmental Trauma (1.25 hours)
Readings Required:
Stoudemire - Chapter 11
Elective:
van der Kolk, M.D., Assessment and Treatment of Complex PTSD, Chapter 7 in: Traumatic Stress. Rachel Yehuda, ed. Am. Psychiatric Press, 2001

Lecture Child Abuse (1.25 hours) - R. Reece, M.D.
Readings Required:
Stoudemire - Chapter 11
Berger - Part III, Chapter 8
Elective:
P. Jenkins, A Mirror To Her Mouth

Week 7
Lecture Overview: Development of Personality and Character (1.25 hours) - D. Adler, M.D.
Readings Required:
Stoudemire - Chapter 5
Vaillant, Adaptation and Ego Mechanisms Of Defense
Elective:
Adaptation to Life

Lecture Domestic Violence (1.25 hours)
Readings Required:
Syllabus, Massachusetts Medical Society, Seminar Series on domestic violence.

MIDTERM - 1.5 hours
Week 8
Lecture Overview: Communication Development (1.25 hours)
Readings Required:
Stoudemire - Chapter 8
Lecture Overview: Sleep Through the Life Cycle (1 hour) - C. D'Ambrosio, M.D.
Readings n/a
Week 9
Lecture Overview: Sexual Development (1.25 hours)
Readings Required:
Stoudemire - Chapter 7
Lecture Death in Childhood (1 hour)
Readings Required:
Stoudemire - Chapter 10
Elective:
R.S. Morrisob, et. al., When Too Much is Too Little -Wanzer, et. al., Physician Responsibility Toward Hopelessly Ill Patients
D. Morse, When to Touch -L. Moore, People Like That Are the Only People Here
READINGS FOR LECTURE WEEKS 10 & 11: Berger, Part V
Week 10
Lecture Psychological & Social Development of Adolescence (1.25 hours)
Readings Required:
Stoudemire - Chapter 8
Lecture Teen Pregnancy (1 hour)
Readings Required:
Stoudemire - Chapter 7
Elective:
C. Steven-Simon & M. White, Adolescent Pregnancy
Mini-Review: Adolescent Pregnancy in the USA: Problems and Prospects - Facts and Statistics
Week 11
Lecture Physiological Development of Adolescence (1.25 hours)
Readings Required:
Stoudemire - Chapter 8
Elective:
Adolescent Growth and Development; A. Hofmann
Commentaries, Growth and Normal Puberty; V. Abbassi, M.D.
Adolescent Development: Setting the Stage for Influencing Health Behaviors; L. Juszczak, M.S., L. Sandler, Ph.D.
Lecture Rape (1 hour)
Readings Elective:
Rape in America; Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center
Blitz Rape and Confidence Rape; Bowie, et. al.
Medical Students' Attitudes about Female Rape Victims; Best, et. al.
Acquaintance Rape; Parrot, et. al.
Male Victims of Acquaintance Rape; C. Struckman-Johnson, Ph.D.
Caring for Victims of Rape; Silverman, et. al.
HIV Testing, counseling and Prophylaxis after Sexual Assault; Gostin, et. al.
Somatic Consequences of Violence Against Women; Koss, et. al.
Vicarious Traumatization; McCann, et. al.
SPRING BREAK
Week 12
Lecture Overview: Pregnancy (1.25 hours)
Readings Required:
Stoudemire - Chapter 10

Lecture Alternatives to Traditional Pregnancy (1 hour)
Readings n/a

Week 13
Lecture Overview: Transitions in Adult Development (1.25 hours) - John C. Petrozza, M.D.
Readings Required:
Stoudemire - pp. 349-381
Berger - Part VI, Chapters 17, 18 & 19: Early Adulthood and Part VIII, Chapters 20, 21, 22: Middle Adulthood
Elective:
Levinson, D.; Seasons of a Man's Life (Chapters 1, 6)

Lecture Family Systems, Couples and Divorce (1 hour) - S. Sagov, M.D.
Readings Required:
Berger - Chapter 19: Intimacy

Week 14
Lecture Overview: Late Life (1.25 hours)
Readings Required:
Stoudemire - Chapter 10
Berger - Part VIII - Chapters 23 & 24: Late Adulthood
Harvard Guide to Psychiatry: The Elderly Person, ed. A. Nicholi, M.D.
Elective:
Weddings, New York Times

Lecture Cognitive Changes with Aging: Alzheimer's Disease (1 hour)
Readings Required:
Berger - Chapter 24
Elective:
Neuropsychology of Aging; Albert and Moss
Ma - A Memoir, L. Freed

Week 15
Lecture Death & Dying (1.25 hours) - S. Verma, M.D.
Readings Required:
Stoudemire - Chapters 10 & 14
Berger - Part VIII, Epilogue

Lecture Hospice Care (1 hour) - K. Faulkner, M.D.
Readings Required:
Stoudemire - Chapter 14
Syllabus: Discussing Hospice Care, von Gunten, J. Clin. Oncology
Elective:
Factors Considered Important at the End of Life, JAMA
Smith, T. Jour. Of Clinical Oncology, Vol. 18, No. 19, Tell It Like It Is, Steinhauser, K., et. al.
The Experience of Life-threatening Illness: Patients' and Their Loved Ones' perspectives; McSkimming, et. al.
The Naturalness of Dying, J. McCue, M.D.
Hospice Care in America, J. Rhymes, M.D.
Is There Hope, S. Husebo
How to Break Bad News to Patients with Cancer, R. Beckman, M.B. & W. Baile, M.D.

FINAL EXAM