Guidelines for Developing Successful Short Advanced Courses in Systems Medicine and Systems Biology

David Gomez-Cabrero*, Francesco Marabita, Sonia Tarazona, Isaac Cano, Josep Roca, Ana Conesa, Philippe Sabatier, Jesper Tegnér

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Abstract

Systems medicine and systems biology have inherent educational challenges. These have largely been addressed either by providing new masters programs or by redesigning undergraduate programs. In contrast, short courses can respond to a different need: they can provide condensed updates for professionals across academia, the clinic, and industry. These courses have received less attention. Here, we share our experiences in developing and providing such courses to current and future leaders in systems biology and systems medicine. We present guidelines for how to reproduce our courses, and we offer suggestions for how to select students who will nurture an interdisciplinary learning environment and thrive there. Systems medicine and systems biology have inherent educational challenges. These have largely been addressed either by providing new masters programs or by redesigning undergraduate programs. In contrast, short courses can respond to a different need: they can provide condensed updates for professionals across academia, the clinic, and industry. These courses have received less attention. Here, we share our experiences in developing and providing such courses to current and future leaders in systems biology and systems medicine. We present guidelines for how to reproduce our courses, and we offer suggestions for how to select students who will nurture an interdisciplinary learning environment and thrive there.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-175
Number of pages8
JournalCell Systems
Volume5
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 27 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Histology
  • Cell Biology

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