MOT 125 – Disease Portfolio


Throughout the Basic Medical Sciences –  I, II, III series; you will encounter and learn about many diseases. In this class, you will select one of the following diseases of which you will write a scientific paper, interview a specialist/scientist that studies this disease, interview a patient/family member or friend who has or knows of someone with this disease, present to the lay community about the disease you have studied.


  • Fibromyalgia
  • Lyme Disease
  • Gout
  • Marfan Syndrome
  • Osteoporosis
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Diabetes Type II
  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome
  • Pernicious Anemia
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Celiac Disease
  • SjÖgren Syndrome
  • Autoimmune Encephalitis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Diverticulosis/Diverticulitis
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Hepatitis A, B, C, D, E
  • Anorexia Nervosa
  • Bulimia

This will be a multi-part portfolio project. The pieces will be due throughout the semester with the culminating project being one where you present your disease to the lay community.

Part One: Identification

Identify your disease or disorder. In 3-5 pages identify the following about your disease/disorder:

  • Description/Background
  • Symptoms and Signs
  • Patient Screening
  • Etiology
  • Treatment
  • Prognosis
  • Patient Teaching

Part Two: Interview

In this part, you are going to interview (1) one individual who has this disease/disorder and (1) one practitioner, scientist, or specialist who is an expert in this area. With this interview, you will need to generate questions that you would like to ask both the patient and the expert and then interview them with the questions you generated. You will need to receive informed consent from the patient for them to share their story and for you to present their information.

Part Three: Presentation

In this final part, you will bring all of this information together into a final presentation about your disease/disorder and present it to a lay person(s). The idea around this presentation is, patient teaching. Can you bring all of what you learned together and present it to someone who doesn’t have any medical background? Do they understand that you are saying? Would they be able to tell you what you just told them and understand it?


Paper Guidelines:

All references in APA format (

Required Layout:

  • Description/Background
  • Symptoms and Signs
  • Patient Screening
  • Etiology
  • Treatment
  • Prognosis
  • Patient Teaching

Please note: All assignments that are not completed on time will receive a 10% deduction the first day (24 hours) they are late and thereafter will receive a zero (0) for that part.

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