Course Content

This review course is not intended to be an exclusively content-oriented program. Emphasis will be placed upon cognitive reasoning skills in the question and answer format. However, in this context the following subject areas will be addressed to varying depths:

Anatomy - including gross and microscopic anatomy; neuroanatomy; embryology and developmental anatomy;

Physiology - including general and cellular functions; major body system physiology; fluid and electrolyte balance;

Biochemistry - including major metabolic pathways; genetics; energy metabolism; biochemical aspects of cellular and molecular biology; special biochemistry of tissues;

Microbiology - including general microbial structure and function; microbial and molecular genetics; immunology; bacterial pathogens; virology; (We begin reviewing Micro from the first day of class. To view the list of daily pathogens, go to the Bug-a-Day list.)

Pathology - including general pathology; major body system pathology; pathology of syndromes and complex reactions; (We begin reviewing Pathology from the first day of class. To view the daily diseases, go to the Disease-a-Day list. This is not an exhaustive list but is designed to provide a clinical correlation with the basic science topic for that day.)

Pharmacology - including general principles; major body system agents; antibiotics; chemotherapeutic agents; poisoning and therapy for intoxication; (We begin reviewing Pharm from the first day of class. To view the daily drug(s), go to the Drug-a-Day list. This is not an exhaustive list but is designed to correlate with the basic science topic for that day.)

Behavioral Sciences - including general behavioral conditioning; individual, interpersonal, and social behavior; statistics and epidemiology.


Course Administration

Program Director - Gordon Pullen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics and Assistant Dean for Basic Sciences, Undergraduate Studies Office. Responsible for program administration and planning, curriculum development, student guidance and record keeping, and daily operation of the program.

Co-Director - Karen DiMario, M.S., Instructor, Department of Cell Biology and Anatomy. Responsible for student guidance, program consistency and planning, and daily operation of the program.

Program Consultant - Michael Moninger, Ph.D. He is a consultant with many years of experience as Director of Academic Support Services at the University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine in Madision, WI. While not physically present, he is a valuable resource for educational best practices. He is on campus to teach the entire Behavioral Science component of the review course.

Program Counselor - LaVerne Urich, Psy. D. Responsible for helping students develop practical and efficient study plans to overcome academic weaknesses, for encouraging them to recognize and manage stress, and for assisting with personal confidential counseling as needed.

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