Human Systems: Orthopedics

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IN757.ORT - Human Systems: Orthopedics (October)

Course Description

The major focus of the Human Systems course is on disease mechanisms. Building on the basic knowledge of normal structure and function acquired in Year I, students will learn the processes that cause disease (pathogenesis), the impact of disease on the functioning of the body (pathophysiology), and the consequence of the disease on the structure of the body (pathology). The design of Human Systems provides an integrated approach to health and disease, emphasizing that dysfunction of one organ system rarely occurs in isolation but commonly has an impact on other organs throughout the body. The Neurologic, Orthopedic, Rheumatologic, Dermatologic, Respiratory, Cardiovascular, Hematologic, Gastrointestinal, Renal, Endocrine, and Reproductive organ systems are studied, with numerous opportunities for interdisciplinary learning. Pharmacology and Nutrition content is integrated into the organ system blocks. Case study in small-group tutorials forms the basis of the course, with closely coordinated lectures (an average of one per day), minicases, multistation exercises, and pathology laboratories used as teaching methods as well. Pertinent issues in infectious diseases, human development and pharmacology related to the various organ systems are woven throughout the course. Emphasis is placed on presenting organ-system science concepts with corresponding Year II courses, such as Patient-Doctor II and Psychopathology.

Opportunities Available

  • Clinical Cases Instructor: Meets with 22 students one or more times for case discussion.

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