Course Directors: (subject to change)
Course Description: Homeostasis is the first “long block” (12 weeks) of the curriculum. In 2013-2014, the block was organized into four organ-based sections, consisting of the cardiovascular unit (4.5 weeks), the hematology/oncology (“blood”) unit (2 weeks), the renal unit (2 weeks), and the pulmonology unit (3 weeks). Weekly quizzes and essays are administered on VStar Learn that assess knowledge learned and discussed in the previous week. Thanksgiving and Winter breaks fall in the middle of the block, and there is one cumulative exam during the 13th week of the block. As the syllabus states, the course is designed to allow students to learn about normal anatomic, molecular, biochemical, and physiologic features of the cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal and blood systems. The course is designed to provide a framework that will allow an understanding of the pathology and pathophysiology of diseases that affect these homeostatic systems as well as their diagnosis and therapy.
- Medium Sized Groups (sessions include patient interviews, EKG reading, and CELA sessions during pulmonology).
- Histology Lab
- Pathology Lab (with Organ Recitals)
- Gross Anatomy Lab
How to Succeed
- The block is nicely organized into digestible units that make the block fly by. Regardless of how the block is logistically organized, it will be helpful to have a basic study schedule in place by this time. Making sure you don’t get behind in weekly material is crucial, as there is a definite increase in knowledge you need to master by the end of the units, compared to the shorter blocks.
- Take a break! Although the test probably approacheth towards the end of January, winter break is a great time to visit with friends and family and get rejuvenated for the end of the block.
- This is the first block where Pharmacology is going to eat up a lot of study time. It is definitely helpful to have flashcards or a document with all of the drugs and their information. We are expected (in general) to know the mechanism of action, adverse effects, and clinical uses of the medications discussed in class. Thankfully, there is a compiled list that the course directors will post on VStar for all the drugs within a unit, so you don’t have to go digging through all the lecture and CBL material. Some of our classmates bought pharmacology flashcards from LWW and others made their own.
- BRS Review Series and First Aid are great review materials for both studying during the block and for end-of-block review. Many students found these materials to be succinct in consolidation of what was taught in lecture.
- Talk to your bigs about what they learned about changing from a 6-week course to a 12-week course. They’ll have materials and suggestions for studying based on their first-year experience that may be helpful.
- Stay on top of anatomy (this will be a theme throughout Curriculum 2.0). While most labs are in context, the longitudinal nature of the anatomy course means that the gross anatomy labs can be sparse at times. Many students went in with their anatomy groups for several review sessions prior to the test (after class, on weekends, etc). That said, you will hopefully find the anatomy material in this block to be interesting and definitely helpful in understanding physiology and pathology. The student-organized practice practical near the test was extraordinarily well run.