Medical Physiology – Elective Class

Medical Physiology was a high school semester elective class I used to teach for students who want to continue learning about how the body works beyond just what we learn in A&P. Most of the students that took this class were interested in medicine, veterinary medicine, nursing, and other life science subjects.

Anatomy & Physiology was a co-requisite for Medical Physiology. Students in their second semester of A&P and students who had completed A&P could take the class.

The class was taught almost solely using case studies from the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science’s database. It is an excellent resource.

Listed below are the four units for the course and the case studies that we did for each unit.

Unit 1: Cardiology and Pulmonology

1.1 Case of the Jamaican Fisherman

1.2 Driving Can Be Dangerous

1.3 Keeping Up with the Joneses

1.4 Ice Hockey Injury

Unit 2: Neurology and Myology

2.1 Facing the Pain

2.2 I’ve Fallen Over and I Can’t Get Up

2.3 The Tired Swimmer

2.4 The Soccer Mom

Unit 3: Gastroenterology and Endocrinology

3.1 A Pain in the Gut

3.2 When Good Antibodies Go Bad

3.3 Hot and Bothered

3.4 Chemical Eric

Unit 4: Create Your Own Medical Case Study

In this last unit, groups of 2 or 3 students create a case study about a disease or injury of their own choosing. Then, they swap case studies with another group and solve that case. I usually allow about a week and a half to create the case in class. It usually takes only two days to complete the other group’s case.

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