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Undergraduate Medical Training


Undergraduate Medical Education Courses

CCEB/DBE faculty provide direction and leadership for Module I and Module III courses taught to medical students.

  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
    • This is a Module I, first semester course that provides an introduction to epidemiology and biostatistics for first year medical students. The focus is on basic concepts that support critical appraisal of medical literature. The course includes lectures and small group workshops and is taught by a large number of CCEB/DBE faculty. Joshua Metlay, MD, PhD directs this course.

  • Clinical Decision Making
    • This is a Module III course that runs in the spring semester of the first year. The course builds on the basic introduction course and emphasizes skills in medical literature searching and evaluation and the application of this information to complex medical decisions first year, and has integrated sessions with each of the Module II blocks. The course includes lectures and small groups and is co-directed by Craig Umscheid, MD, MSCE, and James Guevara, MD, MPH.


Undergraduate Medical Education Research Programs

The CCEB/DBE sponsors a series of research experiences available to medical students.

  • Summer Research Fellowship
    • This is a program open to Penn medical students completing their first year. Support is provided for two months of research with a CCEB/DBE faculty member, emphasizing hands on experience in data collection and analysis.

  • Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship
    • This is a year-long program open to any medical student, typically taking a year off between years three and four of medical school. This national program provides support for a full year of clinical research and research training.

  • Paul D. Stolley Travel Award in International Clinical Epidemiology
    • The CCEB/DBE sponsors the Paul D. Stolley Travel Award. This award, named for the Founding Director of the Clinical Epidemiology Unit, which preceded the CCEB, provides opportunities for medical students to study clinical epidemiology in an international setting.


Diversity Statement

The Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics values diversity and seeks talented students from diverse backgrounds, including individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Further, the CCEB does not discriminate on the basis of color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or status as a disabled or Vietnam Era veteran in the administration of its educational policies, programs or activities, admissions policies and procedures, and scholarship programs. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply to the CCEB's educational programs.