Course Master

Dr. Joan Downey, MPH., M.D.

Bio 265 Basics

 

  • Bio 265 is a course designed for students who wish to earn credit for non-classroom learning in the life sciences in a variety of activities arranged by the student
  • Bio 265 registration is completed using an online application.
  • A work plan and schedule written by the student is a required component of the online application.
  • Participants must meet regularly with a supervisor and commit at least 140 hours over two semesters.
  • A progress report is due after one semester and a final paper after two semesters. 
  • Application Deadlines: Fall/Spring semesters-First Friday of semester in which you are applying. Summer – First Friday of June.
  • Students must register separately for each semester.
  • Due to federally mandated HIPAA guidelines, all students must complete HIPAA Training PRIOR to registration. We will not be able to make any exceptions. Please contact Mr. Patrick Clark in the Student Affairs Office located in the Plant Growth Building, Room 105. (South of the NSLC) to get the appropriate forms and details for compliance.
  • Students should be aware that hospitals now require a Felony Background check and a Drug screening test before Registration in the course is final and before patient exposure begins.  Once the student has identified the WU faculty member who agrees to mentor their Bio 265 experience, the faculty mentor needs to refer the student to the appropriate Division or Departmental Administrator to determine their specific requirements.  WU HR Background checks and drug screening can take at least 2 weeks for results which are required before Danforth Registration.

To Register:

  • Students are expected to seek out a mentor whose clinical research, studies, or projects interest them.  Your mentor must be a Washington University Medical School Faculty Member.
  • Utilize the links below to find a mentor or clinical study that interests you.
  • It is recommended that students select multiple mentors to email.  Be professional and craft your emails as if you are applying for a job.  Attach a resume or include information in the email highlighting skills, education, or experience that promote yourself and your interest to learn from and work with the particular mentor/department.
  • Once you’ve found a mentor, contact Mr. Patrick Clark at pclark@wustl.edu to receive the link and password to the online application.
  • Fill out the online application.  There is space on the application for you to paste your work plan and schedule.
  • Once you’ve completed the application (applications without a work plan/schedule will not be accepted.) it will be reviewed by Dr. Downey.  The necessary permissions and approvals will be collected from your mentor.  After approval from both Dr. Downey and your mentor you will be enrolled.
  • For any questions regarding this process please contact Patrick.

 

Course Description

L41 BIOL 265 Experience in the Life Sciences 1.5 Units  
Description: Section 1: Earn credit for non-classroom learning in the life sciences in a variety of activities arranged by the student: accompany a WU Faculty physician on rounds and prepare a paper on an organ system or disease, participate in a clinical or applied ecological study and report on it, participate in science outreach teaching, etc. Participants must meet regularly with a supervisor and commit at least 140 hours over two semesters. A work plan is approved prior to registration. A progress report is due after one semester and a final paper after two semesters. Does not count toward the major. Credit: 1.5 units per semester, contingent upon completion of two semesters. Credit/No Credit only. Dr. Joan Downey
Attributes:  Art: NSM Frequency: Every Semester 
Instruction Type: Internship/Practicum  Grade Options: Pass/Fail  

FAQs

When am I expected to begin my work/research?

  • Students are expected to begin research as soon as their work plan and schedule are approved by Dr. Downey and your mentor.

If there is a background check and drug test required, am I expected to pay for it?

  • All costs associated with any/all of the above Hospital/clinic/Department requirements will be paid for by the mentors Department or your mentor’s Administrator will notify you, that you, the student are responsible for the above costs before registering for Bio 265.

Can I enroll in Bio 265 in the summer?

  • Bio 265 is not usually offered during the summer however, it may be possible for a student to receive credit during the fall semester for clinical work conducted over the summer — provided that the summer work meets the criteria for a Bio 265 experience, and provided that the student does not receive a stipend or salary for their summer work. Work should begin no later than June 1st. See the Bio 265 hrs/week/unit table above for summer schedule types(Summer credit will become part of 21 allowed credit and the student is responsible for paying WU if he/she exceeds 21 credits in the Fall).

If you have other questions that you feel should be part of the FAQ section please email them to Mr. Clark at pclark@wustl.edu.

 

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