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John R. Overbeck
BIOEN 599
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Bioengineering

Offered at a graduate level periodically by faculty members within the Department of Bioengineering; concerns areas of research activities with current and topical interest to bioengineers. Prerequisite: undergraduate or graduate courses (or equivalent) determined individually for each special topic.

Class description

This class covers material learned in the second and third years of medical school about clinical medicine. It has been condensed into 30 sessions to aquaint engineers to the basic clinical skills needed in diagnosis. Understanding the clinical problems will help in the design of medical equipment by allowing the engineer to view the problem from the clinician's perspective.

Student learning goals

Understand the process of differential diagnosis (the medical way of thinking)

Understand the written and oral method of medical communication and record keeping

Be comfortable with accessing medical textbooks (Harrison's Internal Medicine is one of the medical gold standards)

Understand and practice the methods of physical exam

General method of instruction

Lecture, discussion and demonstration

Recommended preparation

You will be treated like a medical student. Your background in anatomy and physiology will be assumed and is essential for full participation in the course

Class assignments and grading


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Diagnostic Medicine Sylabus
Last Update by John R. Overbeck
Date: 01/06/2007