I could not finish everything I wanted to yesterday, so this is a follow up e mail. I found a New York Times story on the Oral HPV study that we looked at in class last night. It is by far the best of the news reports, and I have annotated it for you with my comments. This is a good way to learn how to write health stories ( or any stories for that matter): by analyzing and pulling apart good stories, and seeing why they work.
Next week we will go over what we discussed on the different kinds of studies,and then try and write a story in class based on a journal article. Don’t worry, this is not graded. Please bring laptops (if you do not have your own pls check one out from the DM lab).
I had also did not have time to talk about assignment deadlines. These deadlines are set so that you would have finished most of your assignments by the end of March, and won’t have to compete with other class deadlines. Here they are:
l Feb 28: First Story
l March 15: Book Review
l March 28: Second Story
l April 17: Third Story
Online courses to be completed by
l Feb 21 HIV/AIDS
l Feb 28: Malaria
l March 13: TB
I will explain in detail what I want from each of these assignments. In the meanwhile, please get one of the review books from the library and start reading; If you can’t get the book you want, let me know. Also, keep up with the readings on The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine. We will have a discussion session on it.
The lecture powerpoint is on the course web site.