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Physiology Syllabus

Medical Physiology Course Syllabus

 

General Course Information

Course Objectives

Physiology Core Curriculum

Course Competencies

Textbooks

Grading 

 

General Course Information

The Medical Physiology Course is a 7 credit hour course, which provides an understanding how cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems function together to create one human organism. Furthermore, the course lays the basis for understanding diagnosis and treatment of diseases. It can be followed without previous physiological training. However basic knowledge in anatomy, histology, and biochemistry are expected.

Lessons are presented in a cooperative learning format (Team-Based Learning), in combination with interactive lectures.

Laboratories include presentations of clinical cases, practicing of clinical procedures, and debriefing of problem-solving skills.

The course follows the policies of Indiana University School of Medicine as outlined in the Student Handbook. Professional conduct is the guiding principle for lessons and laboratories.

Course Objectives 

  • Competent Knowledge Skills:
    To acquire a core scientific knowledge about humans as a physiological entity
    To pass the National Board of Medical Examiners Physiology test

  • Clinical Skills:
    To apply basic physiology principles in the appropriate clinical context
    To acquire a list of clinical skills at the introductory level

  • Non-technical Skills and Professional Behavior:
    To incorporate physiology into the personal path of becoming a competent and caring physician
    To be aware of physiological research to improve diagnoses and treatments of diseases

 Physiology Core Curriculum


    - Defined by IUSM as Medical Physiology Core Objectives
    - Defined by the American Physiological Society

     

    Course Competencies

    - Competency I: Effective Communication

    will be evaluated during Team-Based Learning, during Simulated Patient Case Experiences, during Small Group Work, and during Role-play.

    In small group discussion, the learner is expected to actively and productively participate, and to further the group's performance and learning. For human case simulations, the learner is expected  to listen effectively to the patient presentation and to communicate effectively the rationale for a preliminary diagnosis and treatment plan. Last, all questions posed as part of the course handouts need to be answered in a comprehensible and legible way.

    Satisfactory level 1 performance will be assessed by observation by faculty and staff. A main criteria will be the learner's willingness to practice and improve according to feedback.


    - Competency II: Basic Clinical Skills

    The learner will be evaluated on his/her ability to understand and perform the listed procedures at the introductory level defined during the course.

    Cellular Physiology:

    Nerve conduction velocity assessment

    Osmolality and specific gravity measurements

    Neuromuscular Physiology:

    Electromyography for muscle strength and fatigue

    Cardiovascular Physiology:

    ECG interpretation
    Stress ECG

    Heart auscultation

    Pulse and blood pressure determination
    Blood flow analysis

    Respiratory Physiology:

    Oxygen saturation

    Blood gases assessment

    Peak flow assessment

    Spirometry

    Respiratory rate and lung sound assessment

    Integrative Physiology:

    Dietary plans and nutritional counseling

    Endocrinology:

    Blood glucose determination

    First Aid:
    Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (chest compression, external defibrillation)

    Rehydration choices

    Endotracheal intubation

Satisfactory level 1 performance will be assessed by observation by faculty and staff. A main criteria will be the learner's willingness to practice and improve according to feedback.

 

    - Competency III: Using Science to Guide Diagnosis, Management, Therapeutics and Prevention 

    will be evaluated during Team-Based Learning, during Simulated Patient Case Experiences, during Small Group Work, and during Role-play.

    The learner is expected to integrate basic physiology with his/her developing clinical understanding as obtained during case work and interaction with clinicians.

    To achieve level 1, the learner must pass the course. 

     

    Textbooks

    The following textbooks will be routinely used in the course. All formats (hard copy or e-text) are acceptable:

    L.S. Costanzo. Physiology. 4th edition. W.B. Saunders Company.

    L.S. Costanzo. Physiology. Board Review Series. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

    Following, more in-depths textbooks are recommended:

    R.A. Rhoades and D. Bell. Medical Physiology. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 5th edition.

    R.M. Berne and M.N. Levy. Physiology. Mosby.

    W.F. Boron and F.L. Boulpaep. Medical Physiology. Saunders

    A.C. Guyton and J.E. Hall. Textbook of Medical Physiology. W.B. Saunders Company.

    C.H. Best and N.B. Taylor. Physiological Basis of Medical Practice. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

     

    Gradings  

    Course Tests
       Test 1:  9%
       Test 2: 10%
       Test 3: 17%
       Test 4: 17%
       Test 5: 17%
    70%
    TBL Quizzes
       IRAT: 2%
       GRAT: 3%

    5%

    Final Exam

    25% 

       
     

    Absence from an examination without a justifiable reason will result in a Fail grade for the missed examination. The final exam will be the Comprehensive Physiology Examination provided and graded by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME exam).  Students who need to remediate the course must pass the NBME exam with a minimal score of 43 (25th percentile) to satisfy the statewide remediation program.  

    If a student fails a unit exam, the course director will contact the student inviting the student to meet to discuss their performance and to implement study strategies to avoid recurrence on a subsequent exam. Students are advised that they should speak with their course director regarding assistance that may be locally available.  In addition to faculty, students may also want to contact Dr. Patricia Wade, Learning Specialist, Medical Student Affairs for assistance. Her contact information is: patwade@iupui.edu and 317-274-2042. 


    To pass the course, Competency I, II, and III have to be passed. The requirements for passing are outlined above.


    92 - 100%   Honors
    84 - 91%   High Pass
    70 - 83%   Pass
    Below 70%    Fail

    Honors: This grade demonstrates particularly outstanding performance.
    High Pass: This grade represents solid work above average in all areas of the course.
    Pass: This grade is given when all course objectives are satisfactorily met.

     

If you have comments or questions, email Dr. Waite at gnindl@iupui.edu