Homeostasis II

Sites: HMS
Director(s): Melanie Hoenig
Offered: April-June, Year I
Location: HMS - Harvard Medical School (0)
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description: Homeostasis II focuses on key concepts in normal physiology of the kidney, gastrointestinal, endocrine and reproductive endocrine systems. Then, Homeostasis II explores disorders that are common to patients and that provide sufficient foundation so that when students encounter other disorders, they have the foundation needed to understand these problems. The common theme is homeostasis and how derangements in one system can affect other systems. To support a pedagogical approach that emphasizes inductive reasoning, analytical thinking, and problem-solving, the course content emphasizes a series of questions, the answers to which require students to have not only factual knowledge but 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 case-based collaborative learning. In addition, small group work independent of faculty occurs regularly to consolidate learning from assignments and to facilitate peer instruction. Content is integrated across organ systems and with consideration of content from earlier course work to emphasize a holistic approach to health and disease. In addition, content that explores health equity, anatomy, pharmacology and pathology is integrated. Core faculty members from each domain work with students in a longitudinal learning experience that continues for the ten weeks of the course. Course Manager: Rob McCabe.