The course runs over 13 weeks with the final week confined to an online assessment task. This course focuses on understanding the pathogenesis of systemic human diseases by considering the normal physiology of an organ system, in the context of understanding the perturbations in normal function that result from disease processes. The physiology and pathogenesis with cover all major organ systems with an emphasis on relevance to surgical practice, particularly the cardio-respiratory-renal axis, blood perturbations and neurosurgical abnormalities. Specialist surgical areas will also be covered, such as endocrine, gastrointestinal and bone and soft tissue alterations. Specific Learning objectives: 1) review the normal functional physiology of the specified organ systems, in the context of how disease processes perturb normal function within these systems, 2) correlate the pathogenesis within these systems with the resulting symptoms, signs and diagnostic test abnormalities that are observed, 3) consider the pathophysiological basis of the approach to management, 4) formulate an understanding of the pathophysiological basis of approaches to screening and prevention of the disease processes being studied.
online lectures in video format, online tutorials and formative assessment
11x15min weekly quizzes (25%) and 1x500wd essay (25%) and 1x1hr final online exam (50%)
Robbins and Cotran Pathological Basis of Disease 9th edition, Ganong's Review of Medical Physiology 25th edition.