Credits: 2 CREDITS (Pathophysiology)
Sites: HMS
Director(s): Sarah Flier, Anna Rutherford
Prerequisites: General courses in bio, organic & inorganic chem, physics & biochem recommended.
Offered: Fall.
Location: HMS - Harvard Medical School (0)
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description: The most recent knowledge of the anatomy, physiology, biochemistry, biophysics, and bioengineering of the gastrointestinal tract and the associated pancreatic, liver and biliary tract systems is presented and discussed. Gross and microscopic pathology and the clinical aspects of important gastroenterological diseases are then presented, with emphasis on integrating the molecular, cellular and pathophysiological aspects of the disease processes to their related symptoms and signs. The course is highlighted by selected patient presentations in clinic and mini-case format which demonstrate how an understanding of the basic and clinical sciences of gastroenterology is essential to rational diagnosis and therapeutic decisions. Throughout the course, formal lectures are given by the core faculty with some guest lectures by local experts. Selected seminars are conducted by students with supervision by faculty members.