Endocrine, Digestion, & Reproduction (EDR)
Course Directors: (subject to change)
Course Description: ED&R is essentially a three-part block, consisting of the endocrine unit (4 weeks), the GI unit (4 weeks), and a reproductive unit (3 weeks). The end-of-block exams are in the 12th week of the block. The syllabus says that this course “allows students to learn the normal anatomic, molecular, biochemical, and physiologic features” of the three units, and to apply that knowledge to understanding diagnosis and treatment of disease.
- Case-Based Learning
- Medium sized groups (sessions include patient interviews, diabetes treatment, and imaging seminars, among others)
- Histology and Pathology labs
- Gross Anatomy Lab
How to Succeed
- Most students felt that Endocrine was the lightest block of the three; enjoy it! If your year is scheduled like ours, you won’t have an extra day or two off between the Homeostasis exam and the start of EDR, and many students felt a little burned out to begin. It’s okay to take it a little easy during the first few weeks because Fowler is a great teacher and most of it sticks the first time.
- Start reviewing your anatomy earlier. You did some anatomy in Homeostasis, yeah, but it really ramps up in EDR and will continue to ramp up through the last block - Brain, Behavior, and Movement. Figure out early what works for you. Some people need to go to lab in their off time to review structures on the cadavers, while others read Dr. Dalley’s book and looked at color atlases. Whatever it is that works, find it. Know the neck as well as you can; you’ll save yourself hours and hours in pre-test review.
- From our year, digestion was missing a little physiology and lectures tended to jump straight to the disease processes. These are much easier to understand once you understand normal function. Make sure to have a good resource for normal gut physiology handy; BRS Review Series works well for this.
- Be patient. For our edition of EDR, sometimes lecturers teaching pathology could only present their material on days before we’d covered the physiology. This can be extremely confusing. Given our feedback to the course directors, this will hopefully be less of a problem, but having some patience will go a long way.
- This block is especially heavy on cancers, and there are a lot of them, so don’t brush them off!