Medical Sciences (MED)

Chairman: Jae O. Zsigray
Professors: Richard Blakesmore, Ranf Cavic, Barry Moore, S'ren, Stephen Torosian

Faculty and cadets in the Medical Sciences Department work closely with Starfleet Medical, visiting its facilities, sharing its medical database, and inviting staff members for lectures, debates, and presentations. The department maintains its own facilities on the Academy campus, allowing cadets to investigate medicine through discussion, holographic simulation, and lab examinations.

MATH 101. Introduction to Medical Laboratory Science

Functions and responsibilities of medical technology as part of an overall health team. Introduction to modern medical technology and terminology, plus overview of the role of medicine in modern Federation society. Lectures supplemented with demonstrations, simulations, and field missions.

MED 203. Introduction to Anatomy

A study of the basic structure and organs of humanoid lifeforms. Characterization of the major organs and their functions; study of the evolution and development of substructures; comparison of anatomical functions between species. Simulations provide opportunities for dissection and close examination of major organs and structures.

MED 205. Immunology

Examination of the immune system of humanoid lifeforms. Characterization of the major components of the immune system; study of host defense mechanisms and immunopathology. Serological and simulation laboratory studies. Microsimulations and computer models for "inside" examination of cellular interaction and immune response.

MED 306. Virology

In-depth study of virology. Selected RNA, DNA, retroviruses, and nonretroviruses capable of causing genetic mutation. Laboratory work and computer-model simulations enable students to understand genetic regulatory events occurring during virus-cell interactions and to understand the specific pathogenicity, epidemiology, prevention, and control of selected (model) viruses.

MED 418. Medical Ethics

Multiple forces control the transfer of medical information from the research laboratory to the practical world. Who evaluates scientific findings? Who determines their validity? What political and social factors influence the availability of newly acquired medical information? These and related questions are presented and discussed in a format to provide factual information and opportunities for students to evaluate selected issues. Topics are selected from current literature and suggestions from students.