PWY130

Homeostasis I

Credits: 0 CREDITS (Preclerkship)
Sites: HMS
Director(s): Barbara Cockrill
Offered: February-April, Year I
Location: HMS - Harvard Medical School (0)
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description: Homeostasis I focuses on key concepts that underlie normal physiology and the pathophysiology of common respiratory, cardiovascular and hematologic disorders. The course addresses illustrative principles that form the basis for the understanding of related conditions that are less prevalent. The central theme is the support of aerobic metabolism via gas exchange, oxygen delivery and utilization, and the role of the components of blood. To support a pedagogical approach that emphasizes inductive reasoning, analytical thinking, and problem-solving, the course content emphasizes a series of case-based questions, the answers to which require students to have both factual knowledge as well as a deeper understanding that enables them to apply the information in a range of clinical contexts. Most of the teaching is done in sections of 42 students using a flipped classroom and team-based learning approach. In addition, small group work, independent of faculty, occurs daily to consolidate learning from assignments and to facilitate peer instruction. Content is integrated across organ systems to emphasize a holistic approach to health and disease. Three core faculty members work with students in a longitudinal learning experience that continues for the entire nine weeks of the course. Course Manager: Kelly Ho.