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This course presents the macroscopic structure of the human body using a regional approach.  Emphasis is placed on the correlation between anatomical structure and function on the one hand, and clinical and imaging applications on the other.  The laboratory includes such resources as cadaver dissection, bones, models, radiographs, MRIs, and CT scans.

Physiology is the study of the function of living organisms, especially of the mechanisms that maintain homeostasis despite changing environmental conditions. Medical Physiology addresses normal human physiology from the cellular to organ level, with an emphasis on homeostasis, integration and control. Within each of four blocks, student focus is on normal function of the system and its normal interactions with the other systems. In addition, student doctors are introduced to aspects of abnormal function in terms of how these disorders may be viewed as failures of the internal regulatory systems, or of their inability to cope with external interference. Physiology is very much a problem-solving discipline, requiring student doctors to apply information and connect concepts. Major class activities are lectures,case-based discussions and interactive problem solving sessions. The course goal of group sessions is to assist in application of physiological concepts and development of the problem solving skills needed to become highly qualified physicians. This course lays the groundwork for success in second year courses, particularly pharmacoloogy and pathology, clinical rotations and beyond.

Pathology is the study of disease. The study of pathology includes the cause of disease (etiology), the mechanisms by which a causative agent leads to disease (pathogenesis), and the structural and functional consequences of disease. In this course, the student will learn fundamental concepts in pathology that are universal to better understanding human disease. These concepts include but are not limited to cell injury and tissue repair, genetic and environmental factors, neoplasia, the role of the immune system, and hemodynamic mechanisms.

Pharmacology I is an in-depth study of medical pharmacology emphasizing the basis for applied clinical therapeutics.  This course will focus on four primary topics:  General Principles in Pharmacology, Antimicrobial Agents, Endocrine Pharmacology, and Neuropharmacology.

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